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Details for Benchmark: KL0609

N 39° 36.998 W 106° 08.569 (NAD 83)

Altitude: 12782

Coordinates may not be exact. Altitude is VERTCON and location is ADJUSTED. (more info)

Location:
In SUMMIT county, CO View Original Datasheet
Designation:
BUFFALO MTN
Marker Type:
triangulation station disk
Setting:
in rock outcrop
Stability:

Reference Points

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Update:
Thought I'd found it, but only found one of the reference disks - thanks to mloser for pointing this out.

I'm not going to have very much time in the next few weeks to get back up and by that time it will probably be covered in snow.

I'll get back up next summer as soon as the snow melts and see if I can find the other reference points and bencmark. I think I've got a pretty good idea where the azimuth mark is.

Took about 2 hours to get up and 3 hours to get down off Buffalo Mountain. A beautiful and strenuous hike.

[This entry was edited by WildcatCachers on Friday, September 09, 2005 at 7:40:03 AM.]

[Photos:]
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Bad photo of the Buffalo Mountain Benchmark with my GPS.

Documented History (by the NGS)

01/01/1951 by CGS (MONUMENTED)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1951 (WRH) STATION IS LOCATED ON THE HIGHEST POINT OF WHAT IS LOCALLY KNOWN AS BUFFALO MOUNTAIN, AIRLINE, ABOUT 4-1/4 MILES WEST OF DILLON, 3-1/2 MILES NORTHWEST OF FRISCO, BETWEEN SOUTH WILLOW CREEK AND MEADOW CREEK AND AT THE HEAD OF SALTLICK GULCH OF WHICH ALL THREE FLOW EAST INTO THE BLUE RIVER. IT IS AT THE NORTH END OF A SHARP BACKBONE RIDGE THAT EXTENDS NORTH FROM THE ROUNDED, MAIN PART OF THE MOUNTAIN. TO REACH FROM THE U.S. POST OFFICE IN DILLON, GO NORTH ON STATE HIGHWAY 9, TOWARDS KREMMLING, FOR 2.2 MILES TO A SIDE ROAD LEFT AT A CATTLE GUARD. TURN LEFT, CROSS CATTLE GUARD, AND GO WEST FOR 0.45 MILE TO THE RANCH HOME OF MRS EMORE. GET PERMISSION FROM MRS EMORE BEFORE GOING THROUGH HER PROPERTY. FROM THE WEST END OF THE RANCH HOME GO WEST THROUGH TWO POLE GATES AND THEN WEST UP STEEP RIDGE FOR 0.8 MILE TO A POLE GATE. PASS THROUGH GATE AND CONTINUE WEST UP CANYON FOR 1.7 MILES TO SOME OLD CABINS AND THE END OF THE CREEK FOR ABOUT 1.5 MILES TO A LARGE ROCK SLIDE ON THE RIGHT IN AN OPEN MEADOW AT THE NORTHWEST END OF BUFFALO MOUNTAIN. LEAVE THE TRAIL, CROSS THE CREEK AND GO SOUTH ALONG THE BASE OF THE MOUNTAIN TO YOUR LEFT, KEEPING ALONG THE UPPER EDGE OF THE TIMBER AND THE BASE OF THE ROCK SLIDE FOR BETTER WALKING, FOR ABOUT 1.4 MILES TO A LOW SADDLE THAT EXTENDS UP ONTO BUFFALO MOUNTAIN. FROM ON TOP OF THE SADDLE CLIMB THE STEEP ROCKY RIDGE EASTERLY FOR ABOUT 0.6 MILE TO THE ROUNDED SOUTHERN TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN, KEEPING TO THE RIGHT OF THE PYRAMID ROCK NEAR THE TOP. FROM HERE PACK NORTHERLY ALONG A ROUGH, ROCKY RIDGE FOR ABOUT 0.3 MILE TO THE HIGHEST POINT AND THE STATION. NOTE--APPROXIMATELY A FOUR HOUR PACK WITH A LOAD. WATER WAS LAST SEEN AT THE BASE OF THE LOW SADDLE EXTENDING TO THE MOUNTAIN, ALTHOUGH AT THIS TIME THERE WERE SNOW BANKS ABOUT 200 FEET TO THE NORTH OF THE STATION. HORSES CAN BE TAKEN TO THE LOW SADDLE BUT IT IS A HARD TRIP FOR THEM. FASTER TIME CAN BE MADE BY FOOT. STATION MARK, STAMPED BUFFALO MTN 1951, IS A STANDARD DISK CEMENTED IN A DRILL HOLE IN OUTCROPPING BEDROCK THAT PROJECTS 4 INCHES. REFERENCE MARK NUMBER 1, STAMPED BUFFALO MTN NO 1 1951, IS A STANDARD DISK CEMENTED IN A DRILL HOLE IN OUTCROPPING BEDROCK THAT PROJECTS 2 FEET AND IS 2-1/2 FEET LOWER IN ELEVATION THAN THE STATION. REFERENCE MARK NUMBER 2, STAMPED BUFFALO MTN NO 2 1951, IS A STANDARD DISK CEMENTED IN A DRILL HOLE IN OUTCROPPING BEDROCK THAT IS FLUSH WITH THE GROUND 1-1/2 FEET LOWER IN ELEVATION THAN THE STATION. USBR MARK, NOT STAMPED, WAS USED FOR AN AZIMUTH MARK. IT IS A STANDARD BUREAU OF RECLAMATION DISK CEMENTED IN A DRILL HOLE IN OUTCROPPING BEDROCK THAT PROJECTS 5 INCHES. IT IS 5 FEET SOUTH OF A LARGE CAIRN AND ON THE HIGHEST POINT OF THE ROUNDED, SOUTHERN POINT OF BUFFALO MOUNTAIN. TO REACH FROM THE STATION, GO SOUTH SOUTHEAST TO THE SOUTHERN POINT, ABOUT 0.4 MILE, TO THE CAIRN AND AZIMUTH MARK. HEIGHT OF LIGHT ABOVE STATION MARK 1.4 METERS.
01/01/1959 by AMS (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY US ARMY MAP SERVICE (NOW DMA) 1959 STATION AND REFERENCE MARKS WERE RECOVERED AS DESCRIBED. THE MARK IS 87 FEET SOUTH OF THE BASE OF A SMALL RISE AT THE NORTH SIDE OF A SMALL DIP IN THE RIDGE, AT A SLIGHT JOG TO THE WEST IN THE RIDGE LINE. 212 FEET NORTH-NORTHEAST OF THE CENTER OF A DIP AT DRAIN IN TOP OF RIDGE AND 37 FEET EAST OF OUTCROPPING ROCK ON WEST SLOPE OF MOUNTAIN.
01/01/1964 by USGS (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY 1964 STATION MARK--STANDARD USC AND GS DISK STAMPED ---BUFFALO MTN. 1951---, CEMENTED IN DRILL HOLE, IN ROCK OUTCROP.
01/01/1971 by NGS (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY NATIONAL GEODETIC SURVEY 1971 (LFS) THE STATION MARK, REFERENCE MARKS 1 AND 2 AND THE AZIMUTH MARK WERE RECOVERED AND FOUND IN GOOD CONDITION. THE ROUTE TO THE STATION IS ADEQUATE EXCEPT THAT A KEY TO A LOCKED GATE CAN BE OBTAINED FROM MR. ROUST, HIS TELEPHONE NUMBER IS LISTED IN THE SILVERTHORNE DIRECTORY. AIRLINE DISTANCE AND DIRECTION FROM NEAREST TOWN--4-1/2 MILES WEST OF DILLON

Control Text

  • The horizontal coordinates were established by classical geodetic methods and adjusted by the National Geodetic Survey in January 1993.
  • The NAVD 88 height was computed by applying the VERTCON shift value to the NGVD 29 height (displayed under SUPERSEDED SURVEY CONTROL.)
  • The Laplace correction was computed from DEFLEC99 derived deflections.
  • The geoid height was determined by GEOID99.

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