I had been fascinated by Corral Benchmark in this area for some time; I could find no hiking information on it. It was not listed on peakbagger.com, or summitpost.com Its elevation is 8340 feet, lat long 35.8561, -118.387. The steepness from the topo map and Google Earth looked to be imposing.
Two possible routes presented themselves to Dan and me. A short one that would be steeper and just to the left of the cliffs making up the “nose”, and a longer route to avoid the steepest area
We thought the longer one might be better.
We made our way to Cannell Meadow and then past the turn off to the Ranger Station. A 2WD vehicle is sufficient to get to the trail head at 35.8412, -118.3251.
An old faint road is used to start the hike, where Dan parked. You can also park at a turn out a hundred yards further west on the “main” road.
Hiking north along the old road, the “nose”” of Corral Benchmark becomes visible
We followed the road for about 0.7 miles, then went NW through a bit of meadow, then forest, rounding the slight “hump” 7920 feet to its south side. We went through this forest area, trending a bit to the left and up towards the nose, so I guess we went the steeper way rather than the longer “easier” way. We basically just kept going up and a bit to the left, following what looked to be the best way. As we did this, we always found a good way ahead, it was not difficult so luckily it was much easier than we had expected from Google Earth. Just goes to show, I guess!
Some ascent and descent track updates from my SPOT device sort of show the route we took
It was fun. Not hard at all. It was OK descending this too.
The summit is one of the most spectacular Dan or I have ever been on. Great views!
There were three benchmarks about 50 yards west of the high point, placed there in 1956
Steep cliffs on the north side
Dan at the summit
Set up the radios. It was slow going on 20 meters at first, the band was very crowded. Hopefully Dan and I between us got all the chasers around at this time on a Saturday!
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And now I am a new SOTA Mountain Goat!
The descent down was no problem, in the forested area Dan’s GPS device guided us back to the old road.
The elevation gain on the Corral hike is about 800 feet, maybe a mile and a half each way. Took about an hour and 20 minutes to reach the summit.
Then we headed over to hike Peak 8108, W6 SS-336. Back tracked on the forest roads, and then took the road towards Taylor Meadow, making our way to another old road at 35.8088 -118.2935. This hike is about 2.5 miles each way, 850 feet elevation gain
This SOTA super highway took us almost to the summit.
After a couple of miles, the summit is on the right above us.
Church Dome, from the high point of the road. This would make a good picnic spot. The summit is about 100 feet up in elevation behind me.
Set up in the summit rocks
A bit slow going this Saturday afternoon, did not mind, I was enjoying the fine weather. Worked some stations in a Washington state contest
Both the summits today were great; Dan and I enjoyed these mountains very much
SOTA Peak 8213 W6 SS-333 to the east
Heading down the SOTA super highway, looking back to the summit
Taylor Dome in the distance
Headed back to camp, where we had some champagne, brought by Dan for the occasion, to celebrate my new Mountain Goat status!
Thank you all SOTA chasers and activators along the way!
73! Hal N6JZT