Elevation: 6,852 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published November 2019
Walker Benchmark is a ranked bump on the East Ridge of Indian Mountain (7,298 feet). It makes for a fun scramble from Walker Creek Road to the south. It is also free of snow when many other ranked summits are not. Consequently, it makes for a good early- or late-season climb. It is seldom visited. USGS Scout Mountain
Southeast Ridge, Class 2
Date of Climb: May 19, 2019
From Exit 47 on I-15 at McCammon, drive W on Merrill Road across I-15 to reach its “T” junction with [signed] Marsh Creek Road. Turn R/N and drive 4.6 miles to reach the [signed] junction with Walker Creek Road. Turn L/W onto Walker Creek Road and drive 2.7 miles to the National Forest boundary (unsigned) at a cattle guard. Park here (5,250 feet). Please note that the National Forest boundary is about 0.2 miles farther E than the USGS topo map shows. The boundary line runs straight N up a shoulder that bends to the L/NW higher up. This “shoulder” is actually the Southeast Ridge.
The National Forest boundary is marked by a cattle fence. Be sure to stay to the L/W of the cattle fence to remain on public land. From the parking pullout on Walker Creek Road at the NF boundary, follow the L/W side of the cattle fence northward on a cattle/use trail. Leave the trail fairly soon, as the trail leaves the ridge crest to continue northward.
Scramble NW up the ridge from this departure point. The terrain here is steep, but relatively easy, scrub with some trees/bushes early on. Higher up, the ridge becomes short scrub and goes quickly. You will eventually reach Point 6586. This ridge point is a rocky outcrop with mountain mahogany mixed in. It is quite distinct from its barren surroundings. The slope eases here. Continue following the ridge crest as it crosses two minor ridge humps on its way NW to the summit of Walker Benchmark. The summit has a large cairn and a USGS Benchmark in a nearby ground boulder. I stuck a post in the cairn to dress it up.
Southeast Ridge/South Spur (Descent), Class 2+
Same as for the Southeast Ridge Route.
From the summit, follow the ridge SE to Point 6586. Leave the Southeast Ridge here to descend straight S down the South Spur. Lower down, the Spur turns into a face with multiple minor ridges and gullies. Follow one of these ridges directly down to Walker Creek Road. Once you reach the road, hike E down the road for about 0.7 mile to the NF boundary and your parked vehicle. Hopefully, when you reach the road, Walker Creek will be on the other side of the road and you won’t have to ford it (or jump it).