CHS 2 Hike

Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series

CHS 2 Hike - Benchmark Mountain via West Cady Ridge

Loop hike led at a CHS 2 pace (2.0-3.0 mph).

  • Very Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 16.7 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,700 ft

Preston Park and Ride 7:30am

This hike begins along an easy forest trail, but quickly comes out to an amazing marshland where they have built a wooden walkway across to the continuation of the trail.  We will see the PCT for a short time before heading up the back of Benchmark Mountain.  Coming out of the trees we have an excellent view of West Cady Ridge which we will walk along and enjoy the wildflowers before descending back into the forest with its creeks and waterfalls and then back to the cars.  A wonderful hike to do when wildflowers are out, as you feel like you are swimming through them. 


Benchmark Mountain via West Cady Ridge

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Ten Essential Systems

  1. Navigation (map & compass)
  2. Sun protection (sunglasses & sunscreen)
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
  5. First-aid supplies
  6. Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candle)
  7. Repair kit and tools
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter (tent/plastic tube tent/garbage bag)
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