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Details for Benchmark: MP0546

N 41° 21.617 W 106° 19.056 (NAD 83)

Altitude: 12016

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

Location:
In ALBANY county, WY View Original Datasheet
Designation:
MEDICINE BOW
Marker Type:
triangulation station disk
Setting:
in a boulder
Stability:
May hold, but of type commonly subject to surface motion.

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Our first benchmark! Looking forward to logging others! :)

Hiked the Medicine Bow Peak Trail and found the benchmark at the summit. Great view at the top.

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photoMedicine Bow Peak Summit Marker
Medicine Bow Peak Summit Marker

My first benchmark. I learned about these from the geocache we found today.

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Hiked in 2005.

Found on my hike to the summit with Wyochiver while geocaching. Great view from here.

Found this on our day-hike to find a couple of geocaches on top. Benchmark is in poor condition. Will attach photo.

I've been up to this several times. Wanted to include updated shot of the marker itself, which has seen better days.

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photoMedicine Bow benchmark

Great location! Found it!

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photoThe benchmark
photoMarmots
photoNear the benchmark

Found on accident while fitting in a MedBow loop before the snow returns. So old!

Easy to find benchmark but not exactly in the best condition. Also found the stub of a rod that may have been a reference marker at one point.

Found the triangulation station disc on my first hike to the Medicine Bow summit. Also tracked down the geocache while I was here.

Found station mark; it looks like it will lose its identity if it gets much more of the lovin' it is getting. Also found the shank for (presumably) reference mark no. 1.

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photoMedicine Bow Reference Mark No. 1 Shank (?)
Found approx. 10 feet north of station mark.

Found it with the summit cache!

Enjoyed the hike. Awesome views.

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photoBenchmark

First, I never thought I'd make this trip. 18 months of staring at it from Laramie and thinking it was far beyond my physical capacity. Well, I beat Medicine Bow! Left West Marie @ 5:37 am and summitted at 10:13 am. Not bad! 4 hours and 36 minutes for around 4 miles and almost 1600 feet of elevation change. Dedicating this find to the CCC, my grandfathers for toughing out the Depression and WWII by doing greater feats than this, my parents for getting me into caching (and because they'll probably never see these peaks), Team Wyoming cachers (Wyo R, Wyo B, S&BC, etc...), and my former team mate and fellow lowlander - SunnyGirl82.
We all did it... in memory, in spirit, and in sweat and tears.

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photoAt the summit - Medicine Bow Peak
Eagle1977 proudly at the top
photoMP0546 - Medicine Bow Peak
The highest benchmark... for me and my GPS

Almost killed myself hiking to the top of Medicine Bow Peak, and I thought that was the most exhausting part of the journey, but no! Still 2/3 to go down the back side and around to Lake Marie. An 8 mile loop at high elevation. Now I know my limits. I am grateful for the experience.

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photoPath to the top...
An arduous journey...just...one...more...step!
photoThe Benchmark
And there it is! 12, 013 feet!
photoView from the Valley Below

Found it as soon as we reached the top. We still can't believe we made it!

Found it

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photobenchmark

One of our favorite hikes. Disk is still there, view still phenomenal.

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photoThe marker that has seen better days!

This benchmark is on the top, right where it's supposed to be. Lots of people here on a beautiful August morning.

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photoGord sitting on the top

Great hike up to the top of Medicine Bow Peak. Marker has seen better days, but it's there.

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photoOn the top
Marker is below the pole to the left side of photo.

Found it at its listed coordinates. Great view from up here.

The bench mark disk is still here, it looks like it has had better days. It is scarred and scratched and barely readable.

Documented History (by the NGS)

01/01/1948 by CGS (MONUMENTED)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1948 (DHK) THE STATION IS LOCATED ABOUT 28 MILES AIRLINE EAST-SOUTHEAST OF SARATOGA ON MEDICINE BOW PEAK, A HIGH, BARE AND ROCKY PEAK. IT IS THE HIGHEST PEAK OF THE SNOWY RANGE MOUNTAINS. THE STATION MARK IS SET FLUSH 20 FEET NORTHEAST OF THE BURNED REMAINS OF A FIRE LOOKOUT HOUSE. THE STATION MARK WAS SET IN AN OLD DRILL HOLE WHERE ANOTHER SURVEY MARK WAS PREVIOUSLY SET. THE MARK IS STAMPED, MEDICINE BOW 1948 REFERENCE MARK NO. 1 IS SET FLUSH AT SAME ELEVATION AS THE STATION MARK. IT IS STAMPED, MEDICINE BOW NO 1 1948. REFERENCE MARK NO. 2 IS SET FLUSH AT THE SAME ELEVATION AS THE STATION MARK. IT IS STAMPED, MEDICINE BOW NO 2 1948. THE AZIMUTH MARK PROJECTS 3 INCHES, IS SET 10 PACES EAST OF A LARGE SIGN, LIBBY FLATS OBSERVATION POINT ELEVATION 10800 TIMBERLINE. IT IS 8 PACES NORTH OF STATE HIGHWAY 130 AND 3 FEET NORTH OF A WHITE WITNESS POST. IT IS STAMPED, MEDICINE BOW 1948 TO REACH THE STATION FROM SARATOGA, GO SOUTH AND EAST ON STATE HIGHWAY 130 FOR 35.4 MILES TO THE ALBANY-CARBON COUNTY LINE. CONTINUE 1.5 MILE TO A ROAD LEFT JUST AFTER PASSING A SIGN, LIBBY FLATS OBSERVATION POINT ELEVATION 10800 TIMBERLINE. THE AZIMUTH MARK IS AT THIS POINT. TURN LEFT ON DIRT ROAD, GO 0.55 MILE TO WHERE ROAD TURNS SHARP LEFT AND END OF TRUCK TRAVEL FOR A TWO WHEEL DRIVE VEHICLE. FROM HERE WALK NORTH-NORTHWEST ABOUT 0.5 MILE TO THE SADDLE NORTHWEST OF A DOME-SHAPED MOUNTAIN. FROM SADDLE PICK UP TRAIL THAT LEADS WESTERLY UP ROCKY SLOPE TO HIGHEST POINT AND STATION. A 1 1/2-HOUR PACK. A FOUR WHEEL DRIVE VEHICLE CAN BE DRIVEN ALMOST TO THE SADDLE MENTIONED ABOVE.
01/01/1959 by USGS (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY 1959 RECOVERED. STATION MARK--STANDARD DISK, SET IN AN OLD DRILL HOLE WHERE ANOTHER SURVEY MARK WAS PREVIOUSLY SET, STAMPED ---MEDICINE BOW 1948---.
08/12/1993 by NGS (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY NATIONAL GEODETIC SURVEY 1993 (AJL) NOTE--STATION MAY BE INACCESSIBLE EIGHT MONTHS OF THE YEAR DUE TO SNOW. PACK DISTANCE AND TIME WILL VARY DUE TO SNOW FIELDS. STATION MARK WAS RECOVERED IN GOOD CONDITION. SOLID SHANK OF REFERENCE MARK 1 WAS RECOVERED AND USABLE. REFERENCE MARK 2 WAS NOT RECOVERED, MAY BE UNDER A LARGE CAIRN. THE AZIMUTH MARK WAS NOT SEARCHED FOR. STATION IS LOCATED ABOUT 44 KM (27.35 MI) SOUTHEAST OF SARATOGA, 16 KM (9.95 MI) WEST-NORTHWEST OF CENTENNIAL, 0.4 KM (0.25 MI) EAST OF THE ALBANY-CARBON COUNTY LINE, IN THE MEDICINE BOW NATIONAL FOREST, IN THE SNOWY RANGE, JUST WEST OF THE SUGARLOAF CAMPGROUND AREA, ON MEDICINE BOW PEAK, IN THE NORTHWEST 1/4 OF SECTION 18, T 16 N, R 79 W. OWNERSHIP--US DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE. TO REACH FROM THE CENTENNIAL SCHOOL IN CENTENNIAL, GO WEST ON STATE HIGHWAY 130 FOR 2.23 KM (1.40 MI) TO A CATTLE GUARD JUST PAST THE NATIONAL FOREST VISITOR CENTER. CONTINUE AHEAD FOR 15.65 KM (9.70 MI) TO A DIRT ROAD RIGHT (MILE 39.1) LEADING TO THE SUGARLOAF CAMPGROUND AND LEWIS LAKE. THIS TURNOFF IS 0.60 KM (0.35 MI) BEFORE REACHING THE LIBBY FLATS OBSERVATION POINT. TURN RIGHT, NORTHWEST, ON DIRT ROAD FOR 1.19 KM (0.75 MI) TO A FORK. KEEP LEFT, NORTHEAST, TOWARDS LEWIS LAKE FOR 0.47 KM (0.30 MI) TO END OF TRUCK TRAVEL AT THE SOUTH END OF LEWIS LAKE. PACK SOUTHWEST, THEN WEST, ON MEDICINE BOW TRAIL 295, PASSING AROUND SOUTH SIDE OF LEWIS LAKE, FOR ABOUT 1.5 KM (0.95 MI) TO A TRAIL FORK IN SADDLE BETWEEN SUGARLOAF MOUNTAIN AND MEDICINE BOW PEAK. KEEP RIGHT, WEST, ON TRAIL 295 (TRAIL 296 LEADS SOUTHWEST TO MIRROR LAKE), FOLLOWING ZIG-ZAG TRAIL UP STEEP ROCKY SLOPE FOR 1 KM (0.60 MI) TO HIGH GROUND AND STATION AT LARGE CAIRN. STATION MARK IS A DISK SET IN A DRILL HOLE IN AN 0.5 M (1.6 FT) X 0.8 M (2.6 FT) ANGULAR BOULDER AT BASE OF THE CAIRN. IT IS ABOUT 10 M (32.8 FT) WEST OF THE CLIFF AND 1 M (3.3 FT) EAST OF THE TOP CENTER OF THE CAIRN.

Control Text

  • The horizontal coordinates were established by GPS observations and adjusted by the National Geodetic Survey in October 1994.
  • The orthometric height was determined by GPS observations and a high-resolution geoid model.
  • The X, Y, and Z were computed from the position and the ellipsoidal ht.
  • The Laplace correction was computed from DEFLEC99 derived deflections.
  • The ellipsoidal height was determined by GPS observations and is referenced to NAD 83.
  • The geoid height was determined by GEOID99.