Ascent of Mount Tipton on 2013-04-02

Climber: Vic Hanson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Tipton
    Elevation:7148 ft / 2178 m

Ascent Trip Report

From US Hwy. 93 I took 7th St. to just past Jasper Dr. and then parked, from there I walked cross country towards a jeep trail I could see going in the direction of the mountain. I think 5th St. would have been a better choice, I think that connects up to the jeep trail. I reached the jeep trail right at what looked like a dry spring (Lower Indian Spring I think) and then followed that up and over a hill, planning on going east on the north side of the mountain until I reach the north ridge and then turning south and follow that up the mountain. Shortly after the jeep trail turned north I saw a cairn on the right and tried to follow a faint path there but it was very brushy so I went into the gully on my left. I followed that until I was to the north of the mountain and then went up a ridge that looked like it went to the top. Unfortunately it was a hard bushwhack to the first of many false summits, which were steep rock towers. I worked my way around them, usually on the east side but once on the west side, following the ridge south until finally I could see the true summit, which I reached in 4:04. I spent about 15 minutes there, eating a snack, taking pictures and reading the register, then started back. A number of entries mentioned starting at the spring and making it up in 2-3 hrs so I tried finding a more direct route down taking a NW ridge. I never did find a trail although did see a couple of random cairns, and it was a better route than the one I came up on. As I got lower I could see the jeep trail so aimed for that and got back to my truck in 2:38.

I track all my climbs on Strava on my tablet, the GPS track and details for this are at:

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3623 ft / 1104 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3623 ft / 1104 m
    Round-Trip Distance:12.5 mi / 20.1 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3623 ft / 1104 m
    Distance:6.5 mi / 10.5 km
    Route:Jeep trail, wash, N ridge
    Start Trailhead:7th street, just past Jasper Dr.  3525 ft / 1074 m
    Time:4 Hours 4 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3623 ft / 1104 m
    Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Route:W ridge, wash, jeep trail
    End Trailhead:7th street, just past Jasper Dr.  3525 ft / 1074 m
    Time:2 Hours 38 Minutes

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