Ascent of Ibapah Peak on 2014-06-28

Climber: Andrew Sharp

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

Ascent Trip Report

I decided to do this as an overnight trip. I parked just after the first creek crossing and began hiking the road. By the time I got to the actual trailhead, I'd decided that I would have probably made it in the Outback but after walking that far, didn't want to go back.

I started hiking around 2:30PM and made camp on the north side of the upper meadow around 6PM. After setting up my hammock, I decided to go hike Red Mountain on the south side of the meadow. This is a simple peak to bag. It isn't terribly steep and the rock isn't too shifty. I summited Red Mountain around 7:45PM and headed back to my campsite.

After getting back to camp I decided to filter some water for the evening and hike in the morning. I went to get my filter from my pack and couldn't find it anywhere. I had stopped to fill up my water bottle at around 8200' so I knew I had brought it with me. It must have fallen out of my pack at some point and I wasn't about to go find it. I carry Aquatabs as backup and used those. I tried to ignore the floaties.

I got up at 8AM and broke camp. The weather was great - cool and sunny. My cairn senses seemed to be broken today. I found one cairn at the north end of the meadow and started up the hill there. Didn't see any other cairns until I was on the ridge south of the sub-peak. Then I lost them again as I contoured around the sub-peak. Once I was on the north side of the sub-peak I spotted the trail and followed it to the summit.

After hanging out on the summit for a bit, I headed back down. This time I tried to follow the cairns from the trail. They seemed to sort of peter out or I was missing them or something. Couldn't spot cairns to save my life today.

Lots of traffic on the mountain today. Four people beat me to the summit (group of 3 - Sam Grant posted a trip report), and a solo hiker. As I was coming down I ran into a group of ~10 backpackers with dogs, and a pair hikers. I didn't realize Ibapah was so popular.

This is a really awesome hike. Highly recommended. The most stressful part for me was driving on Granite Canyon road.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Stream Ford
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Part of Trip: Ibapah (1 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Red Mountain2014-06-27 
2Ibapah Peak2014-06-28 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Andrew Sharp
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