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Distance: Under 1 mile
Elevation Gain: 400 feet
Summit Elevation: 6,506 feet
Access rating: Level 2 (when dry)
I was planning Benmore as a winter trip but after some mud through my Jeep off the road higher in the Sheeprocks, I decided to climb this peak as it was the only one I could access.
We chose to squeeze through the gate vs. jump the nice new barbwire fence. From that point, we just went up the hill to the top. No issues. Avoided some rocks (snakes?) by going to the right a bit. The summit is a long ridge, follow it north to the highest point.
Just south of Vernon at the large bend on Highway 36, the signed Benmore Road goes due south for 5 miles to a T intersection. Go left toward the signed Vernon Reservoir. Follow the main road until just before the Reservoir. You will see a road to the left numbered 038. Follow it a short distance to another left on road 616. There may be a gate with a sign saying "close gate". Proceed up road 616 to the base of Benmore Peak. At this same point is a private locked gate so park anywhere before it.
Sabie Mountain from the slopes of Benmore Peak
Looking NW to the Onaqui Mountains
East Tintic Mountains
Hiking up Benmore with our car and the Sheeprock Mountains in the distance
Benmore from the road
Road 616 gate and road
"Benmore Peak" from Benmore Road