Ascent of Rex Peak on 2006-07-01

Climber: Edward Earl

Date:Saturday, July 1, 2006
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Rex Peak
    Elevation:7996 ft / 2437 m

Ascent Trip Report

Rex Peak is heavily mined, as shown on the 7.5 minute topo. For that reason I was concerned that access may be a problem, but on the other hand the land is mostly BLM, which rarely has any access problems. As it turned out, access was not a problem, and there appears to be no current mining activity on the peak.

From the Sinclair gas station in Randolph, it is 1.6 miles N on UT-16 to a paved road on the right. This road is shown as Nor Gray Lane on the 7.5 minute topo and is unsigned at UT-16, though later signs identify it as Crawford Mountain Road. I turned E on this road. Zero your odometer here. At 3.6 miles the pavement ends at a narrow bridge over the Bear River. At 5.1 miles I went straight ahead at a junction by a ranch. At 5.3 miles I entered a canyon. At 6.9 miles I parked at a junction and Earlized the remaining 1200' gain. Both branches reach the summit, which appears to be a distance of about 3 miles by the eastern route or 2½ miles by the more direct western route. I climbed the eastern route and descended the western route.

The peak is nearly Martinizable, as the road passes within 50 feet of the summit elevation. The summit area is plastered with gravel piles. The two highest summits (with at least 20' of prominence) are about 100' apart east to west. The W summit is a gravel pile, about 4' higher than the E summit, which is definitely natural. It is possible that the W summit was once higher than it is now but has been bulldozed; it is also possible that the W summit was originally lower but has been raised by adding the gravel pile. Whether or not there once was or is now any natural ground under the westside gravel pile that is higher than the E summit is anyone's guess. To be sure that no one could dispute whether I reached the highest natural or manmade ground, I climbed both summits.
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