Ascent of Ibapah Peak on 2013-07-06

Climber: BMS 914

Others in Party:Joel Brewster
Eric Kassan -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Tim Newman
BLMhikergirl Pipps
Rich Stephens
Jeff C
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, July 6, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Ibapah Peak
    Elevation:12087 ft / 3684 m

Ascent Trip Report

We spent the night camped at the Granite Creek trailhead, amid rain and moderate wind - a theme that came true every night we camped during out outing. Fearing sunny skies and heat the next day, we started fairly early and began hiking up the Jeep road which soon became a trail. Several slippery crossings of Granite Creek were in the mix, and eventually we came to a high meadow below Red Mountain and the ridge that lead to Ibapah. Scenery was spectacular, and the weather wasn't hot as feared. There was a long break on the meadow/saddle, as Tim was having blister problems that eventually made him decide to descend. After a little open country (arguably Class 2) where the trail faded into nothing on the meadow, we regained it and headed for the ridge up to Ibapah.

Though steep in places, it wasn't a big deal going up, and the trail was well defined. The view on top was outstanding, as you might expect given the prominence of the peak. Red Mountain is a sharp contrast to the gray rock on the rest of the ridge, and really stands out. Given the fairly large amount of gain invloved, this was a relatively easy hike, even coming off the more difficult Pilot Peak outing the day before.

We took a slightly different path down, and I did hit a subpeak (to the west) on the way up that looks higher. Thus the different stats for up and down.

Trip stats include one long break on the saddle where one of our party members was dealing with blister problems. Actual moving time was 4 hours, 3 minutes up; 3 hours, 7 minutes down.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5426 ft / 1653 m
    Total Elevation Loss:5426 ft / 1652 m
    Round-Trip Distance:12.6 mi / 20.3 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Stream Ford
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Drizzle, Pleasant, Breezy, Overcast
Cloudy with a few rain flurries
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:5350 ft / 1630 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 5209 ft / 1588 m; Extra: 141 ft / 42m
    Loss on way in:141 ft / 42 m
    Distance:6.5 mi / 10.5 km
    Route:Granite Creek trail to Southwest Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Granite Creek Trailhead  6878 ft / 2096 m
    Time:5 Hours 17 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:5285 ft / 1610 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 5209 ft / 1588 m; Extra: 76 ft / 23m
    Gain on way out:76 ft / 23 m
    Distance:6.1 mi / 9.8 km
    Route:Granite Creek trail to Southwest Ridge
    End Trailhead:Granite Creek Trailhead  6878 ft / 2096 m
    Time:3 Hours 31 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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