Kendall Benchmark – 13073

RT Length: 4.05 miles

Elevation Gain: 1597’

If I’d known Kendall Benchmark was a ranked 13er, I’d have done it Kendall Mountain. However, at the time I was unaware, so I was back in the area to pick this one up.  I didn’t need to allot an entire day for this hike, so I decided to do it the night before I did the rest of the Kendall Group.  I arrived at Kendall Gulch (11,700’) at 3pm, and it was raining.  It was only supposed to rain until 3pm, so I didn’t think much of it, put on my rain gear, and was on the trail at 3:20pm.

This is a road hike.  I followed the 4WD road for almost a mile until I came to a turn

I then turned left, and followed this road for another three quarters of a mile

The rain didn’t stop, but I’m mentally preparing myself to getting used to being uncomfortable.  I’d like to do a thru hike someday, but with my Raynaud’s the rain is a serious issue.  I figured today would be a good day to test how I did in the rain, when I had a vehicle nearby.  I continued on the road until I saw this

From here it’s a short trek to the summit.  Since it was raining the terrain was wet, and the scree was easy to ascend.  This was choose your own adventure, as all the gullies ‘go’. Here’s my route

And some step-by-step pictures

I summited Kendall Benchmark at 4:15pm

Kendall Benchmark:

Even though the clouds were spitting rain, they didn’t look menacing and I wasn’t hearing thunder.  However, at the summit I felt a buzz between a few rocks and decided to get off that summit ASAP.  I ran down the wet scree, back to the road.

Once back on the road, I followed it back to my truck

I made it back to my truck at 5pm, making this a 4.05 mile hike with 1597’ of elevation gain in 1 hour, 40 minutes.

On to the next trailhead!

Author: Laura M Clark

Laura has summited over 500 peaks above 13,000' solo, including being the first woman to solo summit all of the Colorado 14ers, as well as the centennials. After each hike, she writes trip reports for each one and publishes them on her blog, which is read by fans all over the world. Author of Wild Wanderer: Summiting Colorado’s 200 Highest Peaks, which is available to purchase on Amazon.

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