Peak Name: Ant Benchmark
Distance: 1.69 miles
Date: December 30, 2017
Summit: 3,209 feet
Well finally had the chance to summit Ant Benchmark after running out of time during my last time out near Julian. Ted was able to join me for this adventure. We drove down Boulder Creek Road to the trailhead. There is no parking at the proper trailhead, but there is a spot about a quarter-mile before, just past the cattle guard.
At the bend in the road, the trail begins. We continued down the trail until we reached the meadow and our first real view of our peak. Upon crossing the meadow, the real fun began as we started our scramble up.
The brush was not too bad, and boulders manageable. The summit surprised us with her views.
We scrambled back down and called it a day as we had an event in the early afternoon.
I am an avid peak bagger, sometimes backpacker, and former sea-kayaker living in San Diego. In 2019, I became the third person to complete the San Diego 100 Peak Challenge. Not stopping with that accomplishment, I set my sights on the harder San Diego Sierra Club 100 Peak list, which I completed in 2021. In addition, I have conquered several Six-Pack of Peaks challenges (SoCal, San Diego, and Arizona-Winter). Beyond attempting the San Diego Sierra Club 100 Peak list a second time, I am looking forward to exploring new summits and new adventures across the southwest.