Ascent of Colorado Benchmark on 2017-12-26

Climber: Richard Hensley

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Colorado Benchmark
    Elevation:5319 ft / 1621 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started along a fenceline, hoping to follow a cattletrail. Worked for a while, and then came the dense patch of prickly pear. (On descent, diverted N a little to avoid the worst.) Then an unbelievable ocatillo forest. Looking uphill through numerous ocotillo presented quite a challenge to one's depth perception. Kind of fun if you like mazes. Then all kinds of prickly plants higher up. The first ridge was only a bit better.

Once on the main E-W ridge, it did get better. There is frequently a use trail, and if you can keep on that, you can move along easily, but it also frequently disappears for a short stretch.

From Amado exit on I-19, go W, then 1st right and 1st left onto Arivaca Rd, zero odometer
11.8mi, just past mm 14 and a cattleguard, turn right, thru unlocked gate onto state trust land, reset odometer again, medium clearance needed for ruts
0.7mi stay straight
1.1mi at dirt circle, fork left (W), road gets rockier
1.7mi road bends W, soon gets very rocky, high clearance needed
many may want to park here anyway, as driving is barely faster than walking
2.3mi open fenceline, trend N
2.6mi parked on other side of unlocked wire gate
only room for one car in beaten down tall grass
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1847 ft / 562 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1847 ft / 562 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.7 mi / 7.6 km
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Weather:ovc cirrus; viz 75mi; lgt wind; warm
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1602 ft / 488 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1357 ft / 414 m; Extra: 245 ft / 74m
    Loss on way in:245 ft / 74 m
    Distance:2.3 mi / 3.7 km
    Route:E rij
    Start Trailhead:31.70736,-111.23222  3962 ft / 1207 m
    Time:2 Hours 58 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1602 ft / 488 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1357 ft / 414 m; Extra: 245 ft / 74m
    Gain on way out:245 ft / 74 m
    Distance:2.4 mi / 3.9 km
    Route:E rij
    End Trailhead:31.70736,-111.23222  3962 ft / 1207 m
    Time:2 Hours 15 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Richard Hensley
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