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East Benchmark, UT
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East Benchmark, UT 
East Benchmark, UT
 
Hiking6.94 Miles 2,062 AEG
Hiking6.94 Miles   3 Hrs   35 Mns   2.12 mph
2,062 ft AEG      19 Mns Break
 
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This delightful hike went to the East Benchmark (elevation of 10,743 feet and prominence of 1,543 feet), the highpoint of Emery County.

I took Highway 31 out of Fairview, UT and then came in from the north on a well graded gravel road to the TH. If the road was dry I think that a sedan could make it, but you'd be better off with an SUV. From what I have read the road coming in from Joe's Valley to the south is good also, but since I did not go that way I can't say for sure.

For the first half mile or so the trail is in an open area, but then you enter an aspen forest that sort of reminded me of the Inner Basin. You continue a good ways through the forest -- it was a fairly warm day so I appreciated the shade. The trail loops around a subpeak marked as "9775" on topographic maps, and you eventually come to a trail junction and a spring. The spring is marked as "spring" on the topo map, and it had 2 spring boxes full of water with a good flow of water coming out of 2 pipes.

From here I took the East Mountain Trail to a spur trail that goes to the summit. Actually, I missed the turn on the spur trail and had to backtrack a bit. The spur trail continues somewhat steeply, and then levels off a bit as you go through a meadow with an insanely extreme wildflower display. You go through this meadow for a half mile or more to get to the county highpoint, which is marked with a cadastral survey marker. There are some nice views at the summit so I hung out there for a bit.

I then retraced my route to get back to the TH.

This was a most enjoyable hike and I would give it a 5* rating!
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Wildflowers over the last half mile or so to the summit were amazing!
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