Ascent of Jumpoff Peak on 2011-08-27

Climber: Ken Jones

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, August 27, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Jumpoff Peak
    Elevation:9045 ft / 2756 m

Ascent Trip Report

The key to this one is to get to the Jumpoff/Howe saddle, and then to drive (or walk) the narrow 4WD road to just east of the summit. The walk from the road is trivial (though there are several intrusive dikes that mean you'll have to find a way over or around some rock ribs - this is not hard to do).

I went in via the Eightmile Canyon road on the east, and out via Wood Canyon on the west. Based on this experience, I would drive all the way around to Eightmile Canyon even if I were starting in Arco. The Wood Canyon road is barely passable by a full-size 4WD in spots (most use is by ATVs, and the track width and brush clearing are for the much smaller vehicles); Eightmile Canyon has a full-size jeep road.

Approaching from Arco and Wood Canyon many of the signs actually point to "Jump-Off Peak". Not so from the east. When you reach the saddle, the road you want is labeled for Hurst Canyon. The terrain is very open, though, and you can see where you are going.

One small correction to the map - the jeep trail does not S-curve into the saddle between Jumpoff and peak 8938. It heads straight down the slope to the north, so your walk will have to drop 40 feet or so into the saddle on foot (see GPS track attached).

Thanks to Dean Molen and Greg J for letting me know this was a near drive-up, which encouraged me to tackle it even late in the day.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:295 ft / 89 m
    Extra Gain:60 ft / 18 m
    Route:E Ridge
    Trailhead:8870 ft / 2703 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Ken Jones
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