Coyote Benchmark

Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, CA

Info

Distance5.4 mi
Elevation gain2,500 ft
Route typeLoop
Duration4 h
CruxClass 3
Quality5/10

Peaks bagged

1
Coyote Benchmark2,613 ft / Prom. 1,133 ft

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Bear Creek Trail
Starting off on the paved Bear Creek Trail.
Storm drain
After a short distance, we crossed a storm drain.
Approach
We picked up a use trail leading into the drainage between Coyote Benchmark and Indio Mountain.
Approach
View back toward La Quinta. Tanner brimming with stoke.
Approach
Approaching the base of Coyote Benchmark.
Start of ascent
Departing the use trail for spur ridge ahead.
Ascent
Ascent
Class 2.
Ascent
Ascent
The ridge steepens.
Ascent
Ascent
Making progress. Peak 1601, a P1K, is visible on the opposite side of the suburb of La Quinta.
Ascent
Some rugged terrain ahead.
Ascent
It was easiest to stay directly on the ridgeline.
Ascent
Crux
Approaching the crux of the climb: a class 3 crack up the large, protruding boulder on the right.
Photo op
But first, a quick photo op.
Downclimb
Tanner completing a short downclimb on the way to the crux.
Crux close-up
Close-up of the crux. The route zags left toward the center of the photo, then right up the slab.
Crux climb
Tanner making his way up the crux. Airy, but a crack makes for some solid handholds.
Ascent
Past the crux, a respite from the scrambling.
Ascent
Ascent
Coyote Benchmark still looms.
Ascent
Ascent
The start of a short section of downclimbing.
Obstacle
Looking back at a sheer, 20-foot cliff that we bypassed to the climber's left. Our route enters from the right of the base of the cliff in this photo.
Ascent
The terrain eases a bit. The cliff can be seen in the distance.
Ascent
The summit is looking a lot closer now.
Indio Mountain
Looking north toward Indio Mountain. This would be our descent route.
Sidehilling
Staying below the ridge as we approach the summit.
Summit ahead
Nearing the summit.
Looking back
A look back at the final ridge section.
Summit
From the summit, view northwest toward Palm Springs.
Summit
View south. Martinez Mountain and Toro Peak visible on the horizon.
Descent
Starting our descent.
Descent
View of north ridge toward the saddle.
Descent
Steep inital descent.
Descent
To avoid more difficult terrain, we stayed below the crest of the ridge to the left (west).
Descent
Looking back at Coyote Benchmark.
Descent
Clear view of Indio Mountain ahead.
Saddle
Arriving at the saddle.
Saddle
View northwest toward the snow-capped San Jacinto and San Gorgonio Mountains.
Descent
A social trail appears.
Descent
Descent
Looking back at the saddle.
Descent
Home free.

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