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Details for Benchmark: SV1194

N 47° 34.406 W 117° 04.904 (NAD 83)

Altitude: 5207

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

Location:
In SPOKANE county, WA View Original Datasheet
Designation:
MICA
Marker Type:
NGS Benchmark
Setting:
setting not listed - see description
Stability:

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Recovered this benchmark in good condition as described this evening on a bike ride up to the summit of Mica Peak.

[Photos:]
photoClose-up of disk with my GPS
photoView of the benchmark environs looking north
The radar dome at the summit is visible through the trees

I ate my snack on top of this after a 7.5 mile hike up. I went down a different way caching and ended up doing 15.6 miles roundtrip today. Really neat spot.

[Photos:]
photoThe Benchmark

Found it today right After the Terra cache that I went after. WOW!!!

Still there. Still a long-ass hike.

Had lunch nearly on top of this when I found the Mica Peak North Face cache. Great views!
URBN4STR

[last edit: 8/18/2003 11:13:03 PM PST]

[Photos:]
photoMica Peak Triangulation Marker

Found while hunting the nearby 'Mica Peak' geocache. Only searched for the station mark, which is in good condition.

I have been to this benchmark several times over the past year. I hike the north face via trails and very old logging/fire roads beginning at Liberty Lake Count Park. Veer towards the equestrian trails (east) after leaving the trailhead at the park. An etimated 12 mile round tripper with an approx. 2800 ft. elevation gain. This is an all day hike in the winter months so be prepared with the proper essentials and watch the weather. Snowshoes would have been required if not for the recent unseasonable warm weather. Benchamrk is atop an apparent manmade rocky mound south of the residence building next to a small hut. The mound can be easily surveyed as the highest point on the peak. I knew which rock to brush the frozen snow/ice away from past visits. I did not look for any additional benchmarks present on, or, near some of the federal structures due to concerns over increased security since 9/11. Just nervous I guess. This ascent of the north face versus walking up the gravel road on the south face is far more satisfying and the veiws on the way up are worth it.

[last edit: 1/8/2003 10:43:53 PM PST]

Documented History (by the NGS)

01/01/1933 by CGS (MONUMENTED)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1933 (FGJ) STATION IS ON THE HIGHEST POINT OF MICA PEAK, ABOUT 5 MILES E OF THE VILLAGE OF THE SAME NAME. STATION MARK IS A STANDARD BRONZE DISK WEDGED IN A DRILL HOLE IN A BOULDER. REFERENCE MARKS ARE STANDARD BRONZE DISKS WEDGED IN DRILL HOLES IN OUTCROPPING BEDROCK. TO REACH THE STATION FROM THE TOWN OF FREEMAN--GO E ON HIGHWAY 2.0 MILES, AT THIS POINT, LEAVE HIGHWAY AND CONTINUE STRAIGHT AHEAD ON GRAVEL ROAD FOR 4.4 MILES, TURN LEFT, GO 0.2 MILE, AT THIS POINT, KEEP STRAIGHT AHEAD ON DIRT ROAD UPHILL FOR 1.2 MILES, TURN LEFT THROUGH WIRE GATE, GO 0.8 MILE, TAKE LEFT FORK, AT THIS POINT THERE IS AN OLD SIGN MICA PEAK, CONTINUE ON THIS OLD LOGGING ROAD FOR APPROXIMATELY 2.0 MILES, THIS IS THE END OF TRUCK TRAVEL, CONTINUE ALONG TRAIL AND OLD ROAD TO TOP OF RIDGE AND STATION, ABOUT 40 MINUTES PACK.
01/01/1940 by CGS (MONUMENTED)
RECOVERY NOTE BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1940 (ANS) THE STATION IS ABOUT 7 MILES NE OF FREEMAN AND 16-1/2 MILES WSW OF COEUR D ALENE ON THE HIGHEST POINT OF MICA PEAK, A GRASSY HILL TOP WITH SCATTERED TREES. THE STATION WAS RECOVERED AS DESCRIBED CONFORMING TO NOTE 4, FLUSH WITH THE GROUND, 32 FEET E OF A LONE PINE TREE, STAMPED MICA 1933. THE STATION MARK IS IN GOOD CONDITION. REFERENCE MARK NO.1 WAS RECOVERED AT A DISTANCE OF 15.303 METERS SW OF THE STATION, WHICH AGREES CLOSELY TO WHAT WAS CALLED REFERENCE MARK NO.2 IN 1933. THE REFERENCE MARK DISK WAS CAREFULLY INSPECTED AND WAS CLEARLY STAMPED MICA NO.1, 1933. EVIDENTLY THE TWO REFERENCE MARKS WERE REVERSED IN THE RECORDS BY MISTAKE. REFERENCE MARK NO.1 CONFORMS TO NOTE 12C, PROJECTS 18 INCHES, AND IS 5 FEET BELOW THE STATION. REFERENCE MARK NO.1 IS IN GOOD CONDITION. THE TOP OF REFERENCE MARK NO.2 HAS BEEN BROKEN AWAY, LEAVING ONLY THE SHANK WITH THE CROSS ON TOP INTACT. THE DIRECTION AND DISTANCE CHECKED CLOSELY TO WHAT WAS CALLED NO.1 IN 1933. REFERENCE MARK NO.2 PROJECTS 1 FOOT AND IS 2 FEET BELOW THE STATION. TO REACH FROM THE MAIN INTERSECTION IN COEUR D ALENE, WHICH IS ONE BLOCK S OF THE POST OFFICE, GO S ON U.S. HIGHWAY 95 FOR 14.6 MILES TO FIGHTING CREEK STORE ON RIGHT. CONTINUE S ON U.S. HIGHWAY 95 FOR 1.4 MILES TO A SIDE ROAD LEADING RIGHT (W) AT SIGN BOARD LEWISTON- COEUR D ALENE. TURN RIGHT AND GO W ON GRAVEL ROAD FOR 4.5 MILES TO T-ROAD. TURN RIGHT ON DIRT ROAD AND GO N FOR 1.15 MILES. TURN LEFT THROUGH WIRE GATE AND GO W AND N ON TRACK ROAD FOR 0.8 MILE TO FORK. TAKE LEFT FORK AND FOLLOW MAIN ROAD WESTERLY FOR 1.5 MILES TO END OF TRUCK TRAVEL IN SMALL CLEARING. PACK UP OLD LOGGING ROAD AND THEN TRAIL N AND NE TO HIGHEST POINT AND STATION. THE PACK UP IS FOR ABOUT 1-1/2 HOURS.
01/01/1956 by USGS (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY 1956 RECOVERED AS DESCRIBED. ALL MARKS IN GOOD CONDITION.
01/01/1965 by CGS (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1965 (HJS) THERE RADAR DOMES WERE CONSTRUCTED ON MICA PEAK ABOUT 6 YEARS AGO, AND EVIDENTLY THE REFERENCE MARKS WERE DESTROYED AT THAT TIME, BUT THE STATION MARK WAS PRESERVED AND WAS FOUND ON A 7-FOOT HIGH ROCKY MOUND BETWEEN THE SOUTHERN TWO OF THREE RADAR DOMES. TWO NEW REFERENCE MARKS, NO. 3 AND NO. 4 WERE ESTABLISHED. REFERENCE MARK NO. 3, STAMPED MICA NO. 3 1933, IS A STANDARD DISK SET IN THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF THE BOTTOM ONE OF FOUR CONCRETE STEPS ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE SOUTHERN ONE OF THREE RADAR DOMES. REFERENCE MARK NO. 4, STAMPED MICA NO. 4 1933, IS A STANDARD DISK SET IN THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF A 3-FOOT HIGH CONCRETE LANDING AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE NORTHWEST SIDE OF THE SOUTHERN ONE THREE RADAR DOMES. REACHED FROM THE INTERSECTION OF INTERSTATE HIGHWAY 90 BUSINESS ROUTE (SPRAGUE AVE.) AND STATE HIGHWAY 27 (PINES RD.) IN OPPORTUNITY BY GOING SOUTH ON STATE HIGHWAY 27 FOR 10.4 MILES TO A SIDE ROAD RIGHT AT FREEMAN, CONTINUE SOUTHEASTERLY ON STATE HIGHWAY 27 FOR 2.3 MILES TO A BLACKTOP ROAD LEFT ON A CURVE (ELDER RD.), TURN LEFT AND GO 4.3 MILES TO STARR RD. TURN LEFT, GO NORTH 1.35 MILES ON A GRAVEL ROAD TO A CATTLE GUARD AND A PHONE ON THE RIGHT (CALL RADAR STATION FROM PHONE), CONTINUE UP HILL ON THE GRAVEL ROAD FOR 4.6 MILES TO THE GUARD GATE, PASS THROUGH THE GATE AND CONTINUE 0.2 MILE TO THE STATION BETWEEN THE SOUTHERN TWO OF THREE RADAR DOMES. THE AZIMUTH TO SPOKANE, TV STATION KREM, MAST IS 98 DEG 18 MIN 29 SEC.
01/01/1973 by USGS (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY 1973 NEW TO REACH FOLLOWS--TO REACH FROM FREEMAN ABOUT 10.4 MI S. OF OPPORTUNITY ON STATE HWY. 27, GO 2.4 MI SE. ON STATE HWY. 27 TO ELDER RD. X-ING. TURN LEFT 4.5 MI E. ON ELDER RD. TO STARR RD. X-ING. TURN LEFT 6.5 MI N. FOLLOWING MAIN-TRAVELED RD. TO TOP OF MICA PEAK AND STATION AT AIR FORCE RADAR STATION.

Control Text

  • The horizontal coordinates were established by classical geodetic methods and adjusted by the National Geodetic Survey in December 1991.
  • The orthometric height was scaled from a topographic map.
  • The Laplace correction was computed from DEFLEC99 derived deflections.
  • The geoid height was determined by GEOID99.