Ascent of Feldspar Benchmark on 2018-03-10
|Others in Party:||Jim Green|
|Date:||Saturday, March 10, 2018|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||5134 ft / 1564 m|
Ascent Trip ReportWith this being our second peak of the day, we hesitated to take the direct (steep) approach from the end of Yucca Loma as reported by Greg Gerlach and others and chose instead a longer, more gradual, and perhaps more scenic route.
From our park point adjacent to a couple water tanks near the end of Via Vista Road we followed a jeep trail up a canyon to the site of an old mine. Beyond this point a use trail continues along the canyon bottom before gradually disappearing below a saddle at an elevation of 4,160'. There are several secondary peaks on the north/south ridge that leads to Feldspar Benchmark from the saddle so we decided it would be a good idea to bypass these false summits in the hopes of minimizing any extra elevation gain. Our plan was fairly successful but there were a few ups and downs along the way, particularly when hiking around boulders and across a few side canyons. As luck would have it, the rain that had fallen earlier in the day during our ascent of Fairview Mountain held off until we returned to our vehicle.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||2213 ft / 673 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||2213 ft / 674 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||7 mi / 11.2 km|
| Quality:||7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Breezy, Overcast|
| Gain on way in:||2011 ft / 612 m|
| Gain Breakdown:||Net: 1814 ft / 553 m; Extra: 197 ft / 60m|
| Loss on way in:||197 ft / 60 m|
| Distance:||3.3 mi / 5.3 km|
| Start Trailhead:||3320 ft / 1011 m|
| Loss on way out:||2016 ft / 614 m|
| Loss Breakdown:||Net: 1814 ft / 553 m; Extra: 202 ft / 61m|
| Gain on way out:||202 ft / 61 m|
| Distance:||3.7 mi / 5.9 km|
| End Trailhead:||3320 ft / 1011 m|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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