Magic Benchmark by Livingston Douglas

Elevation: 5,167 ft
Prominence: 212

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The summit cairn and summit post atop Magic Benchmark. Wedge Butte is in the distance, with ID-75 diagonally in between. Livingston Douglas Photo

This Benchmark is not in the book. Published December 2019


Magic Benchmark is a hump that is located just W of ID-75 and about 4 miles S of US-20. While the shortest ascent route is via the East Face from ID-75, the safer ascent route is from East Magic Reservoir Road to the north. It can also be climbed via its West Shoulder from a spur road going S from East Magic Reservoir Road. It is one of many scrub hills in this area, but it is distinguished by having a USGS benchmark atop it—not just any benchmark, but the namesake benchmark for this entire area around Magic Reservoir—MAGIC Benchmark. USGS Magic Reservoir East

The summit cairn and summit post atop Magic Benchmark. Wedge Butte is in the distance, with ID-75 diagonally in between. Livingston Douglas Photo

The summit cairn and summit post atop Magic Benchmark. Wedge Butte is in the distance, with ID-75 diagonally in between. Livingston Douglas Photo

Northwest Face, Class 2

Date of Climb: June 8, 2019

Access

East Magic Reservoir Road (signed) is located 3.7 miles S of US-20 on ID-75. The turnoff is on the W side of ID-75. Drive 0.7 miles W on East Magic Reservoir Road to an unsigned junction on the NW side of Magic Benchmark. Park here (4,960 feet).

The Climb

From the road junction, bash SE through thick sagebrush and drop to a small marshy area. Climb up out of that lush spot and weave your way through sagebrush (which thins out as you go higher) to reach the small ridgeline summit area. The summit has 2 large summit cairns, one of which has a steel post in it. A tall triangulation “cross” lays on the nearby ground, among the sagebrush. Surveyors have been here, though I could not locate the USGS benchmark. It is either underneath the large rocks of the summit cairn or is in a ground boulder hidden in the thick sagebrush. The summit overlooks ID-75 to the east and has a nice view of Wedge Butte to the south.

Mountain Range: Snake River Plain

Longitude: -114.308367   Latitude: 43.275517

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