Ascent of Ibapah Peak on 2020-07-14

Climber: Jerry Thomas

Others in Party:Cheryl Thomas
Date:Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Ibapah Peak
    Elevation:12087 ft / 3684 m

Ascent Trip Report

This peak is in a very remote area in west central Utah. We were driving from Las Vegas so we approached from the south. We took the Gandy Road north from the intersection with Hwy 6 just east of the Nevada/Utah border. The Gandy road is a well maintained dirt road so you can go fairly fast. We drove about 35-40 mph on this road. You have to drive 55 miles on this road to get to the intersection of the Granite Creek road and Gandy Road. There is nothing much out this way so make sure you go with some friends and take a satellite emergency beacon for emergencies. Make sure you have enough gas because there is nothing for miles out here. There is a gas station at the Nevada/Utah border on Hwy 6. The Granite Creek road is not well maintained and there were a lot of rocks and a few stream crossings to negotiate before we reached the Wilderness Study Area boundary at N39° 47.640' W113° 52.719'. Here the road continues but there is a very steep ramp with very large boulders near the top which could be dealt with if you had a very high clearance vehicle with oversized tires. We were in our Xterra which is very capable but we did not wish to chance damaging it so we camped at the boundary. There really is only one good campsite here, there are others lower down on the road. In the morning we started hiking up the road and it was evident that others go past the wilderness boundary on the road. The road continues for a while and then there is a sharp turn to the right at N39° 47.793' W113° 53.736'. At this location you will also see a cable gate across a very old unused road. The trail starts here at the cable gate and continues up the old abandoned road. If you continue to the right on the main road you will come to a clearing where people set up camp. This is a dead end with several animal tracks. We spent a lot of time trying to find the trail to the summit in this area. Don't make the same mistake. Go back to the cable gate where the actual trail is. We continued up the unmaintained trail that is overgrown in places but still easy to follow. We continued up the trail until it ends at N39° 48.542' W113° 56.224'. At this point you are at a very open high meadows area that is relatively flat. Interestingly there are actually two trails along the way to the summit. The lower trail ends as mentioned. The upper trail begins somewhat higher and east of where the lower trail ends at this location N39° 48.858' W113° 55.983'. There are no cairns directing you to the start of the upper trail. The upper trail is well marked with plenty of cairns and continues up to the summit with plenty of nice switchbacks through the talus near the summit. Of course we had no idea where the upper trail started so we followed a track posted on peakbagger which lead us to follow a rocky ridge with downed trees and debris which was well to the west of the upper trail. It was tough going on this route until we were able to find the upper trail near the prominent sub peak. On our descent we followed the upper trail to its end in a wash and then hiked cross country until we merged on to the lower trail.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5451 ft / 1661 m
    Total Elevation Loss:5451 ft / 1661 m
    Round-Trip Distance:12.4 mi / 20 km
    Grade/Class:class 2
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Stream Ford, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:5384 ft / 1641 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 5233 ft / 1595 m; Extra: 151 ft / 46m
    Loss on way in:151 ft / 46 m
    Distance:6.7 mi / 10.8 km
    Route:Granite Creek trail
    Start Trailhead:Granite Creek Road  6854 ft / 2089 m
    Time:6 Hours 20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:5300 ft / 1615 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 5233 ft / 1595 m; Extra: 67 ft / 20m
    Gain on way out:67 ft / 20 m
    Distance:5.7 mi / 9.2 km
    Route:Granite Creek trail
    End Trailhead:6854 ft / 2089 m
    Time:4 Hours 27 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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