Ascent of Moan Benchmark on 2018-01-14

Climber: Bob Ramsey

Others in Party:Beth Ramsey
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, January 14, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Moan Benchmark
    Elevation:2939 ft / 895 m

Ascent Trip Report

We drove out on 8 East and got off at Ocotillo, and then followed the S-2 to Dos Cabezas Rd. This is the driveway that leads towards the SDG&E building in the windmill farms. We followed Dos Cabezas until we came to Rail lines, and followed them to wherethe water tank is. We had planned on parking by the water tank but there were at least 15 vehicles parked there with multiple tents, so we continued past this area for about another 200 feet. The road to this point was fine for all high clearance vehicles, as well maybe some cars. We have a Toyota Tacoma, it’s got high clearance but it is not 4 wheel drive, and we had no problem whatsoever. From the spot we parked we followed the road for about 100 feet and then walked on the tracks for about a mile and left the tracks at a small trestle at 32.757355, -116.158912. We stayed in a wash, and then followed an old rail camp road that has been well traveled over the years past Indian Hill for about 1.45 miles, stopped and left the road at 32.75929, -116.18137. From here we followed the path of least resistance roughly South and made our way through some small boulders and across the mountain until we came to the top. Beautiful views from the top. You can follow your tracks back to where you left the road, but we chose a different way down through a draw that took us down towards Indian Hill. This was a little difficult as some of the boulders were house size, and required a great deal of route finding to negotiate, but made for a fun hike back down. The draw we followed down to Indian Hill met the desert floor at about 32.753595,-116.175279. From there we followed a wash East back to the rail line, and that back to our truck where we gladly drank our Gatorade. We stared walking about 0720, and came out into the wash at about 1330 and it took about another hour to get back to the truck. All together it was 6.91 miles and took 7 hours and 16 minutes. And was a lot of fun.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
It was cool in the morning, and became warm as the sun rose, but the temp didn’t need go higher than

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