Elevation: 9,723 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published December 2019
Bloom Benchmark sits at the head of both Spring Canyon and Bloom Canyon in the South Beaverheads. It is the highest point on the connecting ridge between Peak 9877 and Peak 9300. Bloom Benchmark is located about 2 miles S of Peak 9877 and 2-1/2 miles NW of Peak 9300. It towers over nearby Gallagher Canyon and has a USGS benchmark on its summit. Bloom Benchmark is the 3rd of 5 summits in a single-day adventure called the Tour de Gallagher.
Northwest Ridge, Class 2
Date of Climb: June 22, 2019
Same as for the East Ridge Route on Gallagher Peak (9,825 feet). This is the final leg of a ridge traverse from Peak 9877 to Bloom Benchmark.
From the connecting saddle with Peak 9877 (at 9,500 feet), follow the ridge crest S up over Point 9615. From Point 9615, continue SE along the ridge to another saddle then up a final section of ridge to the summit of Bloom Benchmark. The ridge terrain is a combination of short scrub/grass and broken scree. Skirt any minor rocky outcrops on the L/E side on relatively stable scree. The final uphill to the summit is rocky talus and ridge rock, but still no worse than Class 2. The summit of Bloom Benchmark has a USGS benchmark and a mess of triangulation posts and wires.
Southeast Ridge (Descent), Class 2+
Same as for the Northwest Ridge Route. This is the first leg of a ridge traverse from Bloom Benchmark to Peak 9300.
From the summit, descend a narrow, rocky, forested section of ridge SSE then E to a flat, open ridge area. This ridge section is short but tedious (Class 2+). You will use your hands here to make any progress. The flat, open area of broken scree is sheer joy. This is a great place to take pictures. Unfortunately, this joy is fleeting. Descend SE from here to a narrow saddle. This saddle is hidden in the forest and you cannot see it when you descend farther down the ridge because the ridge itself becomes forested.
Be very careful to descend SE (not S) to find this saddle. Find an elk trail near the ridge crest once you enter the forest. This elk trail leads directly to the elusive saddle. This saddle is at 8,740 feet and is the low point between Bloom Benchmark and Peak 9300. This is the terminus of the Southeast Ridge of Bloom Benchmark.