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Details for Benchmark: SB1044

N 46° 47.053 W 121° 56.431 (NAD 83)

Altitude: 5479

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

Location:
In PIERCE county, WA View Original Datasheet
Designation:
BEL 2
Marker Type:
NGS Benchmark
Setting:
setting not listed - see description
Stability:
Most reliable and expected to hold position/elevation well.

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Seems to be in good shape other than vandals craving initials

Found both the TS and RM 1 on a side trip while hiking to Gobblers Knob. Both are in good shape. Warm day with beautiful blue skies and temps in the low 80's. Could see four volcanoes from this point today.

[Photos:]
photoTriangulation Station
Station with GPS coordinates at the top of Mt Beljica
photoReference Mark 1
Reference Mark 1 is stable in rock at the western end of the peak
photoGobblers Knob
Mount Rainier takes up the view with Gobblers Knob in the foreground

N46 47.054 W121 56.432
Recovered in good condition as described. Recovered all three reference points. Upper trail still 50% concealed by snow fields so we came up off trail and this added considerably to the difficulty. Did not see another soul all day and ours was the only vehicle at the TH. Drive up on FS 59 was pretty rough, glad we had the truck.

[Photos:]
photoSB1044, peak of Mt. Beljica
Monumented in 1946
photoMyShoes at Mt. Beljica summit
August 18, 2011
photoReference Mark #1
Mt. Beljica Summit
photoReference Mark #2
Mt. Beljica Summit
photoReference Mark #3
Mt. Beljica Summit

Found it! It was cold,wet and snowy! What an adventure! Big change from my hiking in the California desert with temps anywhere from 100 to over 117 degrees! Second to log this one! Beautiful views!

[Photos:]
photoBel 2
photoView
N 46° 47.053 W 121° 56.431

Found at above coordinates.
Station is in good condition, and found exactly as described in prior reports. As often as this peak gets climbed, it's funny that no one else has logged this one!
NOTE: reclimbed on 6.26.05 with a friend, and looked and recovered all 3 reference mark stations on the peak. couldn't find the original drill hole referenced in 1946 log, guessing they reused it?

[This entry was edited by justybug on Sunday, June 26, 2005 at 10:39:46 PM.]

[This entry was edited by justybug on Sunday, June 26, 2005 at 10:40:08 PM.]

[Photos:]
photoMt. Beljica 2 BM
Top of Beljica near Mt. Rainier

Documented History (by the NGS)

01/01/1946 by CGS (MONUMENTED)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1946 (EBB) ON THE SUMMIT OF MT. BEL OR BELJICA IN THE SNOQUALMIE NATIONAL FOREST, ABOUT 5 MILES EAST NORTHEAST OF ASHFORD, ABOUT 1 MILE WEST OF THE RAINIER NATIONAL PARK BOUNDARY, ABOUT 2 MILES NORTH OF THE NISQUALLY RIVER, ABOUT 150 FEET NORTH OF A TELEPHONE BOOTH, 5 FEET EAST OF THE EDGE OF A CLIFF AND 3 FEET WEST OF THE EDGE OF A CLIFF. IT IS 5 FEET SOUTH OF THE HIGHEST POINT OF THE MOUNTAIN. TO REACH FROM ASHFORD. GO EAST ON THE ROAD WHICH LEADS TOWARD RAINIER NATIONAL PARK FOR 3.75 MILES TO A SIGN READING MESSLER TRAIL AND THE END OF TRUCK TRAVEL. FROM THIS POINT PACK NORTH ALONG THE OLD LOGGING ROAD FOR ABOUT 0.1 MILE TO A SAWMILL, TURN LEFT, PASSING BETWEEN BUILDINGS, AND FOLLOW THE OLD LOGGING ROAD WEST AND NORTH FOR ABOUT 0.75 MILE TO A BURNED OVER AREA. AT THIS POINT THE TRAIL LEADS TO THE LEFT, UP THE STEEP BURNED OVER HILLSIDE. FOLLOW THIS TRAIL FOR ABOUT 2 MILES TO LAKE CHRISTINE, PASS AROUND THE EAST SIDE OF THE LAKE AND FOLLOW THE TRAIL FOR ABOUT 0.1 MILE, PASS TO THE LEFT OF AN OLD CABIN AND GO NORTH AND WEST FOR ABOUT 0.1 MILE, TAKE THE LEFT HAND TRAIL AS PER THE SIGN READING BEL MT. 1/2 AND FOLLOW THE TRAIL AND TELEPHONE LINE FOR ABOUT 0.5 MILE TO THE HIGHEST GROUND AND THE STATION. THE STATION IS A STANDARD DISK, STAMPED BEL 2 1946, SET INTO A DRILL HOLE IN BEDROCK WHICH IS FLUSH WITH THE GROUND. REFERENCE MARK NUMBER 1 IS A COPPER PLUG ABOUT 1/4 INCH IN DIAMETER SET INTO A HOLE IN BEDROCK. IT IS ABOUT LEVEL WITH THE STATION AND IS LOCATED ON THE EXTREME NORTH END OF THE RIDGE. REFERENCE MARK NUMBER 2 IS A COPPER PLUG ABOUT 1/4 INCH IN DIAMETER SET INTO A DRILL HOLE IN BEDROCK. IT IS ABOUT 3 FEET LOWER THAN THE STATION AND IS ON THE WEST SLOPE OF THE RIDGE ABOUT 1 FOOT EAST OF THE EDGE OF THE CLIFF. REFERENCE MARK NUMBER 3 IS A COPPER PLUG ABOUT 1/4 INCH IN DIAMETER SET INTO A DRILL HOLE IN BEDROCK. IT IS ABOUT 5 FEET LOWER THAN THE STATION AND IS ON THE EAST SLOPE OF THE RIDGE ABOUT 2 FEET WEST OF THE EDGE OF THE CLIFF. A DRILL HOLE WAS RECOVERED WHICH IS PRESUMED TO BE THE SITE OF THE OLD STATION. DISTANCES BETWEEN THIS DRILL HOLE AND THE REFERENCE MARKS CHECK THE MEASUREMENTS GIVEN IN THE OLD DESCRIPTION.
01/01/1947 by CGS (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1947 (WRH) THIS STATION WAS NOT OCCUPIED BY AN OBSERVING UNIT BUT WAS VISITED BY A LIGHTKEEPER AND ALL PERMANENT MARKS APPEARED TO BE IN GOOD CONDITION AND THE DESCRIPTION IS ADEQUATE. THE DESCRIPTION FOLLOWS. THE STATION IS ON MT. BEL OR BELJICA, A HIGH AND ROCKY PEAK IN THE SNOQUALMIE NATIONAL FOREST. IT IS ABOUT 1 MILE WEST OF THE RAINIER NATIONAL PARK BOUNDARY, ABOUT 2 MILES NORTH OF THE NISQUALLY RIVER, AND ABOUT 5 MILES EAST NORTHEAST OF ASHFORD. THE STATION MARK, STAMPED BEL 2 1946 IS A STANDARD STATION MARK DISK THAT IS CEMENTED IN A DRILL HOLE IN BEDROCK WHICH IS FLUSH WITH THE SURFACE OF THE GROUND. IT IS LOCATED ABOUT 5 FEET SOUTH OF THE HIGHEST POINT OF THE MOUNTAIN, 5 FEET EAST OF THE EDGE OF A CLIFF, 3 FEET WEST OF THE EDGE OF A CLIFF, AND ABOUT 150 FEET NORTH OF A TELEPHONE BOOTH. REFERENCE MARK NUMBER 1 IS A COPPER PLUG THAT IS ABOUT 1/4 INCH IN DIAMETER, SET IN A HOLE IN BEDROCK. IT IS THE SAME ELEVATION AS THE STATION AND IS LOCATED ON THE EXTREME NORTH END OF THE RIDGE. REFERENCE MARK NUMBER 2 IS A COPPER PLUG THAT IS ABOUT 1/4 INCH IN DIAMETER, SET IN A HOLE IN BEDROCK. IT IS ABOUT 3 FEET LOWER THAN THE STATION AND IS LOCATED ON THE WEST SLOPE OF THE RIDGE, ABOUT 1 FOOT EAST OF THE EDGE OF THE CLIFF. REFERENCE MARK NUMBER 3 IS A COPPER PLUG THAT IS ABOUT 1/4 INCH IN DIAMETER, SET IN A DRILL HOLE IN BEDROCK. IT IS ABOUT 5 FEET LOWER THAN THE STATION AND IS ON THE EAST SLOPE OF THE RIDGE, 2 FEET WEST OF THE EDGE OF THE CLIFF. TO REACH THE STATION FROM THE TOWN OF ASHFORD, GO EAST ON THE ROAD THAT LEADS TOWARD RAINIER NATIONAL PARK FOR 3.75 MILES TO A SIGN MESSLER TRAIL AND THE END OF TRUCK TRAVEL. FROM HERE PACK NORTH ALONG THE OLD LOGGING ROAD FOR ABOUT 0.1 MILE TO A SAWMILL. TURN LEFT, PASSING BETWEEN THE BUILDINGS, AND FOLLOW THE OLD LOGGING ROAD WEST AND NORTH FOR ABOUT 3/4 MILE TO A BURNED OVER AREA. AT THIS POINT THE TRAIL LEADS TO THE LEFT, UP THE STEEP BURNED OVER HILLSIDE. FOLLOW THIS TRAIL FOR ABOUT 2 MILES TO LAKE CHRISTINE. PASS AROUND THE EAST SIDE OF THE LAKE AND CONTINUE ON THE TRAIL FOR ABOUT 0.1 MILE TO AN OLD CABIN. PASS TO THE LEFT OF THE CABIN AND GO NORTH AND WEST FOR ABOUT 0.1 MILE TO A FORKS. TAKE THE LEFT FORK OF THE TRAIL AS PER SIGN MT. BEL 1/2 AND FOLLOW THE TELEPHONE LINE TO THE HIGHEST POINT AND THE STATION.
01/01/1961 by USGS (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY 1961 RECOVERED AS DESCRIBED BY NGS. REACHED BY HELICOPTER.
01/01/1971 by USGS (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY 1971 RECOVERED AS DESCRIBED BY NGS. RMS NOT OBSERVED.

Control Text

  • The horizontal coordinates were established by classical geodetic methods and adjusted by the National Geodetic Survey in December 1991.
  • 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.