Ascent of Ibex Peak on 1995-11-09
|Date:||Thursday, November 9, 1995|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||4751 ft / 1448 m|
Ascent Trip ReportThe peak, pass, spring, and range of hills are named for the desert bighorn sheep which early desert dwellers mistakenly called Ibex after the European mountain goat. (Gudde, p. 149) The name Ibex was given in 1881 to a silver and copper mine started at the south end of the Black Mountains which lies 5 miles SSW of the peak. A stamp mill was set up in 1882 by the Ibex Mining Co. at Ibex Spring 3 miles southeast of the mine in the Ibex Hills. The mine was active sporadically until 1889. (Lingenfelter, p. 144-145)
With the expansion of Death Valley National Park in 1994 the new park boundary runs along the crest of the Ibex Hills right though the peak. All of the west side approach described here lies in the park and is open for hiking. The BLM map shows section 36 just east of the peak to be state land.
From Baker drive north on route 127 to Shoshone. Continue through town and then 1.7 miles north turn left (W) onto route 178 toward Death Valley. From this junction go west and then southwest across the south end of Greenwater Valley and then over Salsberry Pass. At about a mile west of the pass and 12.0 miles from route 127 turn left (S) on a dirt road. This turn is 0.1 miles west of the 3000 ft. elevation sign on the highway. Follow the dirt road as it parallels the highway and turns south after 0.4 miles. At 1.2 miles there is a junction and the road on the left has a red stake a short distance in. Park here in front of the stake. The summit is 2.2 miles at a bearing of 133 degrees. Hike up the road and after about 25 minutes go right at a fork and follow a wash. In another 15 minutes walk you will top out at a pass with the road continuing on to the American Mine. Turn left (E) up the ridge and follow it to the ridgeline that comes down on the north side of Ibex Peak. Hike south up the ridge to the summit. The view to the south along the Ibex Hills is impressive. The hike is 2.5 miles each way with an elevation gain of 1730 ft. and takes about 1 1/2 hours for the ascent and 1 hour to return. 11/95 RLC
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