Ascent of Mount Irish on 2016-04-03

Climber: Tom Gathright

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, April 3, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Irish
    Elevation:8743 ft / 2664 m

Ascent Trip Report

The turn off to Mt Irish in Hiko was easy to find. The dirt road crosses the upper portion of the Pahranagat Valley passing through the Mt Irish Petroglyph site, with three different rock fields. At the 7-mile point veer to the left at the fork, then at the 9.7-mile point veer to the right at that fork; then road gets steeper and rougher until it crests at Logan Pass. If one turns around there is a small road that one can park at the hiking TH thereby staying off the side of the main road. Lola and I started hiking at 7:30 AM.

The terrain is steep, but with recently melted snow the talus, scree and dirt was pretty solid and I had pretty good traction all the time. There are a lot of rocks of all types along this hike and of all different colors. The worst rocks were the whitish colored rocks higher up and they were pretty loose. With as many people who wrote about Mt Irish on Peakbagger and Summit Post I found it odd that there was only a periodic faint trail and very few cairns, the cairns that I did see were spaced so far apart they really didn’t seem to work. Nonetheless, I worked our way up and around some rocky outcrops.

The worst part of the hike was climbing up a chute that I would classify as difficult, since I had to use my hands in order to climb. Lola just absolutely did not want to come up regardless of how much I coaxed her. Eventually I removed her back pack, tore some branches out of the way and when I got her next to me I lifted her up and shoved her over the vertical section. I carried her back pack from there since I didn’t know if we would encounter more climbs. There was also quite a bit of side hilling to avoid adding extra elevation to the hike.

I made it to the summit at 9:15 AM. I took some photos, ate a bite, signed the register. There are a lot of visitors to this summit. Even some that work on the equipment and come in via helicopter. I departed the summit at 9:30 AM and followed my route back down to the truck, I was at the truck at 10:45 AM.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack

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