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Details for Benchmark: RY0860

N 46° 10.146 W 114° 17.141 (NAD 83)

Altitude: 9121

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

Location:
In RAVALLI county, MT View Original Datasheet
Designation:
WARD MTN ET
Marker Type:
triangulation station disk
Setting:
surrounded by a mass of concrete
Stability:
Mark of questionable or unknown stability.

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N 46° 00.000 W 114° 00.000

Kick In the *Ss, to the top, and in the snow. Found it, I have't been up here for probably 25 years. I picked a day in June and this was it,,,I lost the trail at around 1.3 miles from the Benchmark,, exactly where the trail gets to Judd Creek but proceeded to venture on, there was an average of 5 feet of snow still on the ground,,,guessing here there could have been 4 and a half and could have been 10,, who knows I never measured it with a tape.. Just judge for your self by the photos,,,of course there was none on the top of the mountian,,,,,,dah. I would'nt have located the Benchmark.

[last edit: 6/9/2003 4:54:33 PM PST]

[Photos:]
photoView of the benchmark
This is the benchmark,, found as data sheet described.
photoThe remains of the lookout
This is a view of the lookout and the area behind is to the Southwest in to the Selway Wilderness
photoView to the north
Here is view from the Benchmark to the North. Just some of the mountions in my Back yard.
photoHere is a view from the Backyard
I took this one the morning I left for the Benchmark from the Backyard. I did not know what was waiting for me up there,,,but was soon to find out.
photoLooking eye to eye
I was standing on the bare ground that was melted under a patch of trees and Geobud's standing on the snow. This was one of the resting spots that we could find to sit down that was'nt in the snow.
photoBrass Plug
Here is a better photo of the brass plug

Documented History (by the NGS)

01/01/1964 by USGS (MONUMENTED)
DESCRIBED BY US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY 1964 LOCATED ON THE HIGHEST POINT OF WARD MOUNTAIN, APPROXIMATELY 8 MI. (AIRLINE) SW. OF HAMILTON, MONTANA, IN THE SE. 1/4 SEC. 24, T. 33 N., R. 22 W. PRINCIPAL MERIDIAN MONTANA. REACHED BY HELICOPTER. TO REACH FROM HAMILTON, GO S. ON U.S. HIGHWAY 93, 4 MI. TO ROARING LION CREEK RD., TURN RIGHT AND FOLLOW RD. 2.5 MI. TO JUNCTION T-TRAIL, TURN LEFT AND FOLLOW TRAIL 5 MI. TO SUMMIT AND STATION. A STANDARD USGS TABLET WAS SET IN CONCRETE ON BEDROCK AT THE CENTER OF THE PRESENT LOOKOUT TOWER. STATION MARK--STANDARD TABLET STAMPED---WARD MTN ET 1964---, SET IN CONCRETE ON BEDROCK ABOUT 0.3 FT. BELOW GROUND SURFACE. REFERENCE MARK--WARD 2 (BRASS PLUG) 20.45 FT. FROM STATION MARK, N 74 DEG 55 MIN W.

Control Text

  • The horizontal coordinates were established by classical geodetic methods and adjusted by the National Geodetic Survey in July 1992.
  • 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.