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Your preference: Bench Valley or Blackcap Basin?

Postby limpingcrab » Mon Feb 12, 2018 5:08 pm

Sorry, normally I don't ask questions like this and just go figure stuff out, but my wife wants to hike Goddard this summer so I'm putting a little more effort into finding the most scenic route.

We're starting at Courtright, going over Hell for Sure Pass, up Goddard, and then back out via either Bench Valley or Blackcap basin to a second car at Wishon.

If you've been to these basins, which one would you be most excited to go back to?

Note about us: We're comfortable with any level of cross country travel and enjoy every type of scenery and activity. A bit vague, sorry again.

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Re: Your preference: Bench Valley or Blackcap Basin?

Postby maverick » Mon Feb 12, 2018 5:19 pm

finding the most scenic route.


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Re: Your preference: Bench Valley or Blackcap Basin?

Postby paul » Mon Feb 12, 2018 5:39 pm

Why pick one? why not skip HFS, and go Devils Punchbowl, Big & Little Shots, XC over to Bench, McGuire Lakes, up the west shoulder of Blackcap Mtn. and over its top to BCB?
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Re: Your preference: Bench Valley or Blackcap Basin?

Postby AlmostThere » Mon Feb 12, 2018 7:08 pm

Or go Punchbowl, Big N Little Shots, over to Bench around the chain of lakes over to Confusion Lake and down into Blackcap, then out...
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Re: Your preference: Bench Valley or Blackcap Basin?

Postby limpingcrab » Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:56 pm

What the what!? I'm not sure why I didn't even consider doing both? Maybe I think in loops instead of lollipops, but I've already been up to hell for sure so maybe lollopopping our way to Goddard would be a good option.

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Re: Your preference: Bench Valley or Blackcap Basin?

Postby Cross Country » Tue Feb 13, 2018 4:55 pm

I agree. Do both. Each place is really good. If you fish, take your gear. On the way out from BCB you could stop at Woodchuck.
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Re: Your preference: Bench Valley or Blackcap Basin?

Postby AaronRDavis » Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:23 pm

I did Goddard out of Courtright, via Hell For Sure, then back over Valor Pass and through BCB. BCB was idyllic and delightful, especially after a couple days at Martha and climbing Goddard.
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