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Peak 4618 - Fraser Benchmark
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Peak 4618 - Fraser BenchmarkGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 06 2020
adilling
Hiking5.12 Miles 2,255 AEG
Hiking5.12 Miles   6 Hrs   30 Mns   0.96 mph
2,255 ft AEG   1 Hour   9 Mns Break
 
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This one has been on my radar for a long time. I have ventured down FS1900 a few times over the years and I really love the area. I wish I would have gone last year to see this one as the Sawtooth Fire just roasted this amazing area.

I left later than I wanted but, I made it as far down FS1900 as far as I could and parked. Off I went. The fire damages started as soon as I got on the road. Mostly the eastern side at first, then it was both sides the further I went it. Some areas were spared or got less damage and others have been altered beyond repair I’m afraid.

I arrived at the base of the peak and started up. From other triplogs I read before heading up here, I was expecting a rough and steep hike to the first saddle. The fire made it to this area, so the first part was in black soot and roasted cacti. It was steep and loaded with loose rocks.

The second section was a little rock hopping and the steady climb up along the tuff ridge. The fire made it here as well. Most of the area below the tuff layer was damaged.

I made it to Fraser Arch and was happy for the break. I had a little snack and explored the area a little. Getting to the arch was possible, but I have a strong desire to live, so I skipped going over to there.

After a little rest, I started up the chute and made it to the summit. I saw some familiar names on the faded registry. The views up top did not disappoint. The views of the western supes were amazing. It was worth the effort to get up there. A little rest and off I went for the decent.

I missed the “bonus” arch on the way up, but I found it one the way down. That area was loaded with some cool erosion.

I knew this would be a steep one and it’s been a while since I have really challenged myself, mostly doing short ones during the COVID times. I was a moving at a snail pace going up and going down. I stopped a lot to take pictures and explore, catch my breath, and give my poor old aching knees a break. But, I made it up and down, so that’s what matters.
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