Ascent of Virgin Peak on 2011-05-01
|Others in Party:||Dean Molen|
|Date:||Sunday, May 1, 2011|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||8071 ft / 2460 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI hiked Virgin with Dean Molen. We approached Virgin from I-15 exit 112, go east on NV 170, cross the Virgin River and a nice new beautiful bridge and turn right on the first road which is paved. Zero your odometer, at 21.3 miles the pavement ends, take the left fork, take 23.7 turn left onto a lesser road. At 24.5 pass a corral, at 24.7 take the right fork, at 25.4 the road ends at a narrow slot in the canyon where there is parking for one vehicle.
We hiked up the canyon on the old road following an old DPS guide. The guide took us way up the canyon to where it was a steep bushwhack up a ridge to get to the main ridge. The DPS guide was wrong. The easiest way to climb Virgin is the way we came down. Hike up the canyon only about 1.3 miles until you come to a big single boulder in the middle of the old road. About 20 ft beyond the boulder there is a cairn on the left. At this cairn climb the ridge directly ahead that first goes north through some short trees and then turns west up slopes that have been burned off and are now just grass. Follow this ridge up to the main north/south ridge that goes to the summit of Virgin. Follow this ridge all the way to the summit. About half way to the summit the ridge has trees and brush, but it is not really bushwhacking along the ridge. There are a few places where the route is along a rocky spine and there are different routes through the area. If you get into a technical rocky area, you are working too hard, back off and try another route. Great views from the summit. This is a long hike and will take all day.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||3980 ft / 1213 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||10.1 mi / 16.3 km|
| Route:||DPS South Cyn|
| Trailhead:||4091 ft / 1246 m|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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