Elevation: 7,392 ft
This benchmark location is not in the book. Published December 2019
Shale Benchmark is the only point on Deadline Ridge with a USGS BM on it. It is located 1-1/2 miles south of Timber Butte and 2 miles north of the high point of Deadline Ridge. It is a handsome, rocky, rounded hump with beautiful views of Timber Butte, the ridgeline, and the surrounding valleys. USGS Timber Butte
North Ridge, Class 2
Date of Climb: September 25, 2019
From the junction of FSR-500 and FSR-541/Deadline Ridge Road (about 1.3 miles south of the Magic Mountain Ski Area), go R/W onto FSR-541. At 0.2 miles, turn L/S at an unsigned “T” junction. At 5.8 miles, go straight/south at a junction with FSR-542/Winecup Creek Road. Continue south on FSR-541. At 7.5 miles, park in a pullout on a hilltop just south of the road junction with FSR-543. The elevation here is 7,090 feet. The road becomes rougher after this point.
This is mostly a road hike with a short scramble up an easy scrub/gravel slope to the summit. Hike south on FSR-541/Deadline Ridge Road for a mile to reach Timber Butte. The road skirts the L/E side of Timber Butte and continues southward along or near the ridge crest. Follow the road another mile southward. Leave the road at the base of the north ridge of Shale Benchmark where the road leaves the ridge crest to skirt the W side of the point.
Scramble about ½ mile southward up the ridge to the summit. The terrain here is short scrub and goes quickly. The summit is a combination of short scrub and scattered ground boulders. The USGS BM is in a ground boulder on the high point.
South Ridge (Descent), Class 2
Same as for the North Ridge Route.
From the summit, descend the ridge directly south to intercept the Deadline Ridge Road. The terrain here is easy, short scrub and goes quickly.