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Lower Bench

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About Lower Bench:

These climbs are on the south side of the river, and are the eastern most routes of the Valley proper.
Approach: These routes all sit on the "Bench", an obvious, huge, flat meadow above Hunter Creek Road. After the pavement ends, look for a bridge crossing the South Fork. Take this turn, and continue south, and around to where the road again runs east and west, where it crosses Boulder Creek. Look for a cattle guard a few miles down the road. The usual parking spot is reached after following a two track road that takes off to the south right before the cattle guarde, ending at a grove of trees. This spot has been the source of some heartache in the 2008/2009 season, so for now, it is off limits. Park off the main road in a very respectable and out of the way area, and be very respectful walking up onto the bench. A trail takes off from this grove of trees, and leads to the top of the bench. From here, individual route approaches will be described in the route descriptions.
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Access Issues: The old parking spot is now off limits, for the time being. Parking off the road is a possibility, but we must be very respectful, and careful of where we park. Vehicles are being towed out of this parking spot. After a day of ice climbing, it really stinks to come back to find the car has been towed to town. The parking lot area is private property, as is the approach up the bench. Be a good neighbor, or we will have to start parking at the two established trailheads, neither of which is a great option.
Rock Type: Volcanic
Type of Climbing: Ice
Sun Aspect: All Day Shade


SequenceSequence numbers indicate the left (L) to right (R) order of the routes. Rating Route Difficulty Ascents
Average Rating = 0.00/5 Bozo's Revenge WI3 0