Ascent of Ibapah Peak on 2014-06-28

Climber: Rob Woodall

Date:Saturday, June 28, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Ibapah Peak
    Elevation:12087 ft / 3684 m

Ascent Trip Report

After yesterday afternoon's Mount Moriah ascent, we take Gandy Road North from the highway 50/21 junction immediately East of the Utah state line. We find a place en route to sleep and next morning finish the drive north and take Granite Creek Canyon Rd (signed). We take the signposted L turn in a mile. In another mile or so the road deteriorates. With care we get the Corolla past the first creek crossing then soon stop at a small parking/camping area (N39.77981 W113.86718, 1890m) with another vehicle already parked and tents set up, but nobody home.

At 09:45, later than ideal, partly due to losing an hour in the time zone change from Nevada, we start hiking, following the rough road, boulder hopping across the second creek crossing (N39.78668 W113.87661), reaching the de facto trailhead (N39.79408 W113.87871) although there seems nothing to stop suitably (very!) rugged 4x4s driving further. At N39.79654 W113.89576 (2230m) we fork L at a boggy gate. The road becomes narrower then continues as a trail, mostly clear although a pre loaded GPS track is useful a few times. Higher up the trail is mostly in the welcome shade of woodland. I'm surprised to recognise some plants from the UK (or very similar) including stitchwort, yarrow and dandelion. We follow close to a stream for some way so a water filter might be taken to minimise the amount of water needing carried. Part way up we meet the owners of the tents we parked next to: Jobe Wymore and party - fellow peakbagger front-pagers. They're on their way down having started at the more sensible time of 5am.

Reaching the large meadow (N39.80890 W113.93772, 3096m) below the saddle we rest then head up on a line L of the rocky sub peak seen L of Ibapah itself. We climb fairly steeply through nice open woodland to reach the ridge then traverse R of the sub peak to pick up a trail on the far side at about N39.82285 W113.92752. This trail contours then zigzags steeply up to the summit of Ibapah. The official summit seems to be a large boulder (N39.82815 W113.91975, 3680m) at the E edge of the windshelter cairn. The topo map has a trig symbol but there's no obvious USGS presence, just a recessed centre punched bolt in the highest boulder and a cross-marked bolt in the centre of the windshelter, which are presumably survey related.

After about 20 mins we head down. We first visit the summit 100m to the west. Its massive boulder (N39.82836 W113.92072) appears the same elevation as the main one. Past the subpeak we stay on the cairned trail which takes a more direct line for the lower edge of the large meadow. The trail seems to run out, and we continue down to join the trail some way below the meadow, at N39.80969 W113.93155. The woodland is open and easy hiking and this route works nicely. We jog down the trail: me dunking my hat in a couple of creeks to offset the afternoon heat.

The ascent takes 4h23 and we descend in 2hrs: round trip 6h39. Our car has a message written in the dust - "Nice meeting you". You too, Jobe Wymore. We cool off in the creek then head for Pilot Peak, intent on an early arrival for an early start tomorrow on that reportedly tough hot peak.

Ibapah Peak photo album
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:6116 ft / 1864 m
    Elevation Loss:6116 ft / 1864 m
    Distance:14.4 mi / 23.2 km
    Grade/Class:YDS 2
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:6083 ft / 1854 m
    Extra Loss:66 ft / 20 m
    Distance:7.2 mi / 11.6 km
    Trailhead:6070 ft / 1850 m
    Time Up:4 Hours 23 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:6050 ft / 1844 m
    Extra Gain:33 ft / 10 m
    Distance:7.2 mi / 11.6 km
    Trailhead:6070 ft / 1850 m
    Time Down:2 Hours 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Rob Woodall
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