Peak Name: Ode Benchmark
Distance: 1.48 miles
Date: February 18, 2019
Summit: 1,512 feet
Since we had President’s Day off, we had planned to hike Granite Mountain, but its snow-capped summit had other ideas.
Opted to bag some peaks on the San Diego 100 list instead. First up was Ode Benchmark. Near the visitor center, this peak was a quick walk across the desert floor then up along the ridgeline.
The mountains all around us were dusted in snow. I pointed out various peaks, some summited, some still to do.
We found the benchmark with no trouble. The register was ruined, and I forgot the spare I usually carry. We had to shed a few layers, as Ted and I had dressed for a much higher summit.
After touring the visitor center, we made the short drive to the Hellhole Canyon trailhead. Our next target was going to be Ted Benchmark.