Ascent of Mount Bangs on 1999-07-18

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Sunday, July 18, 1999
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Bangs
    Elevation:8012 ft / 2442 m

Ascent Trip Report

The road from the west up Elbow Canyon is a steep and rough four-wheel drive and is not the best way to approach the mountain. The road from the east that goes over Black Rock Mountain is much better and is the recommended route. From Interstate 15 northeast of the Virgin River Gorge take exit 27 and head south for about 20 miles to Little Wolf Pass. At this junction turn right (west) on Black Rock Mountain Road and drive for about 13.5 miles to a signed junction on the right to Mt. Bangs. Turn right (north) and drive this narrow road for 0.5 miles where it ends in a small parking area at the wilderness boundary. UTM here is: 245580E, 4073700N in zone 12. Park here and hike north on the old road about 3/4 mile to where an overgrown 4wd road takes off on the left. Follow this road which is now mostly a trail until it appears to end at a wide curve to the left. From here there might be a duck marking a route which goes up steeply through the brush to the rim north of the summit. Once at the rim scramble along the rocks southwest to the summit. The route is about 1.5 miles to the top with an elevation gain of about 1675 ft. The ascent should take about 2 to 2 1/4 hours and the descent about 1 to 1 1/2 hours. 7/99 RLC
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