Windy Benchmark

Elevation: 5,925 ft
Prominence: 385

The summit benchmark

This peak is not in the book.


Windy Benchmark is a broad plateau-like peak located south of Hill City. It took us a while to find the benchmark on the large, broad flat summit. We added three cairns in case anyone else wants to summit this brushy peak.

The summit is on the flat area above this line of cliffs.

The summit is on the flat area above this line of cliffs.

The summit benchmark

The summit benchmark

Access

Access the peak via the Monument Gulch Road. This road is accessed from ID-20 at Hill City. Turn south at the intersection in downtown Hill City which is signed for the Camas Prairie Centennial Marsh. Follow this road south until it reaches a T. Turn left and follow the next road east for a half mile to the start of the start of the road. After crossing a pass and traveling 9.0 miles from Hill City the road reaches a junction. Turn right and follow the road up to the peak’s northern shoulder where there is room to park.

North Slopes, Class 2+

From the parking spot hike due north to the summit. There are a couple of rock bands and lots of brush to impede your walk. Round trip this routemcovers 1.5 miles and gains 336 feet.

My GPS track.

My GPS track.

USGS Dempsey Meadow

 

Climber Trip Reports

Mountain Range: Bennett Mountain Hills

Year Climbed: 2018

Longitude: -115.03209   Latitude: 43.17649

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