Ascent of Ibex Peak on 2015-02-19

Climber: Dan Baxter

Others in Party:Dennis Poulin -- Trip Report or GPS Track
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, February 19, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Ibex Peak
    Elevation:4751 ft / 1448 m

Ascent Trip Report

Richard Carey's and Bob Burd's reports were spot on.
We took Jubilee Pass Rd Hwy 178 west from just N of Shoshone, which has a great little restaurant that we went to three times during the week.
The little dirt road which is parallel to and just S of the highway is accessible only from its east end, the western branch having been allowed to grow in. We parked and camped at the road junction at point 868T as the dirt road seen on the topo which goes south of here toward Ibex Peak has posts designating the border of the wilderness area. Ibex Peak seems far off to the south but is easily seen from this trailhead.
In the morning we walked south on the old road which is still in good condition up to the faint junction at point 1061T where we headed right as the road branch goes into a wash. This junction can be missed and Bob Burd did just that. Luckily we had his warning.
The road is harder to see while in the wash but becomes more of a road again afterward as it climbs up to the saddle just west of Ibex Peak. Here we headed NE up to the ridge, then east then SE then S as the ridgeline wound around over a false summit to the HP. There is a small summit cairn with a register placed in Nov 1985 by Gordon McLeod and barbary Lilley. Great views all around.
I got some good photos of a horned lizard on the return.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1869 ft / 569 m
    Extra Gain:70 ft / 21 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.7 mi / 9.2 km
    Route:Old road then WNW ridge
    Trailhead:Wilderness area border  3022 ft / 921 m
    Grade/Class:Mostly class 1, a ta
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 50 Minutes

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