Approaching the last stretch before the summit
Ibapah Peak is located in the Deep Creek Mountain Range. and is visible from the town of Wendover 75 air miles to the north. It is a unique area that is relatively unknown, even by most Utahans, most who have never heard of it. The Range is located in the far West end of Juab County. At 12,087 Ibapah is the 7th highest County high point. It beats out Mt. Nebo by about 100 feet (which sits on the border of Juab and Utah county).
Looking at Ibapah from the road that is on the east side from ten miles away in the early morning light.
It is a place where you need good transportation and much of the drive to get there is on dirt roads. It is mainly approached from the east side since the Goshute Indian Reservation occupies any route that might be available from the west. More about that in getting there.
Trail Head Elevation = 6,887
Summit Elevation = 12,087 ...... 5200'± of elevation gain
Trail Mileage = 12± miles round trip, this is terrain distance.
Note: Elevations were derived from USGS DEM's via GIS.
From Salt Lake City head West to Wendover on Interstate 80 for 118 miles. In Wendover head South on US Alt. 93 for about 26 to 28 miles (odometer differences but the turn off is well signed) than turn Left heading South East towards the towns of Ibapah and Callao. Travel South East for 17 miles on the paved road and crossing back into Utah, than turn left onto a dirt road heading towards Gold Hill and Callao. Head 12 miles still in a south easterly direction until you reach Gold Hill. Then turn right and head south for 5 miles where you will come to a “Y” in the road. Stay Left, which is also the Pony Express Road. Travel on this road for 14 miles you will come to a intersection, turn right towards Callao, this road is still the Pony Express Road. Drive South for 4.3 miles at which time you will come to a “Y” intersection, stay right (left takes you to Callao, 1.2 miles). After making your right follow this road for 13 miles to the Granite Creek intersection. At the 5.5 mile marker from the previous “Y” at Callao is the CCC campground. Drive past the CCC campgound until you reach the Granite Creek Road. Turn right onto the Granite Creek Road follow this dirt road while staying left at the Falkenberg Ranch intersection for 4.3 miles to the Trail Head. The first stream crossing is at 2.8 miles and the second is at 3.6 from the beginning of the granite Creek road. As you can see from all the above, it helps to have mapped your way with waypoints beforehand. Benchmark atlas books are also useful on this drive.
NOTE ON THE WESTERN APPROACH
This was recently posted at the www.cohp.org
I hiked this route with my family a week ago,and when I got back I found a
note on my windshield indicating that I was trespassing on a private mining
claim. I just got off the phone with Mr. George Fishler, the owner of the
claim, who indicated that we were trespassing from the canyon mouth at about7800' to the mine and somewhat beyond, and that he would not give permission (had we asked then, or in the future) due to liability concerns. He has noproblem with the traditional, east side approach, but indicated that there are private, patented mining claims within the Goshute Reservation boundary in the several of the west side canyons that the Tribal Office has noauthority to give permission to cross.
Information provided by Ken Jones
Red Tape & Topo info
No permits are required. There is enough room for half a dozen cars at the true trail head. I would advise using four-wheel drive or very high clearance vehicles to get to the true trail head.. A two wheel drive vehicle with low clearance is going to make for a longer hike and even with high clearance, you will find it challenging in a two wheel drive rig.
Topo Quads that may be helpful:
USGS Quad 24k, Ibapah Peak
USGS Quad 100k, Fish Springs
USGS Quad 250k, Delta
When To Climb
Rik, the original provider of this page, climbed the peak in mid-July, which probably would seem to be during the hotter time of the year. But since you are shaded for a good portion of the hike you are spared some of the West desert sun and heat.
He commented that he would consider climbing this peak anytime of the year. I climbed the peak in early September and found it to be a great time to do so. Water was still available at a couple spots along the trail but I'm not sure that would always be the case. It had snowed the day before we climbed it and that might account for the water we encountered. We encountered some snow on the trail not far from the summit of Ibapah.
A summit register can be found at the shelter located on the eastern side of the summit ridge. (update: it seems the register has disappeared so future visitors may wish to bring a new one)
Camping & Lodging
Camping is allowed with no red tape.There is camping near the second stream crossing but near the first stream crossing is a more suitable location.
The CCC campground as mentioned above is also a remote but dusty campground along side of the road to settle down at. We camped at the CCC campground which is fee free but has no toilet facilities. A couple of picnic table and fire pits is about it.
The nearest town of any consequence is Wendover Utah
and you can find reasonably priced motels and food in this town that straddles the Utah-Nevada border. I stayed one evening in the Comfort Inn and found it to be clean and reasonably priced.
Weather of nearby Wendover<
Additional resource information
- Ibapah Peak - August 2005
- Sam Grant wrote a trip report on peakbagger about his visit in 2014. Click HERE. It also contains a GPS track.
- Rob Woodall wrote a detailed trip report on peakbagger, also in 2014. Click HERE.
- Andrew Sharp, yet another good 2014 trip report worth reading. Click HERE.
- Peakbagger.com is a rich resource for many trip reports so please utilize that as a great resource.
Two books have been written for the Utah County Highpoints. Of the two, I recommend the one called High in Utah by Weibel and Miller
, available at most Utah bookstores and at amazon.com (see link
The other book is called "Hiking Utahs Summits
" and can also be found at Amazon.
Another nearby P2K - Kern Mountain range HP.
Since you are over in this area and if you are chasing Nevada prominence peaks with over 2000 feet of prominence, you might find this one
One of 57 5000 foot prominence peaks in the USA
I won't try and explain the concept of Prominence but it is worthy to note that Mt. Timpanogos is one of the 8 5K prominence peaks in the state of Utah. Aaron Maizlish has put together this fantastic map
of the Western United States showing the peaks that qualify for this special rating. More information on prominence can be found at
peaklist .org Check out all the maps they have put together,
it'll keep you busy on a rainy weekend.
Utah has 8 5000K prominence peaks
Flattop Peak (in the Oquirrh mtns)
The Deep Creek Range is in a very isolated part of Utah and you may be the only person in the area at the time of your visit. Do not expect cell phone coverage. Hiking or climbing in a mountain environment has many risks. Any who choose to participate in such activities must assume the responsibility for their own actions and safety. Any information provided here cannot substitute for your own sound judgement and decision making skills. For example, hiking into an electrical storm or during an electrical storm is reckless and dangerous. It is not my intent to describe every risk (weather, rockfall, animals,accidents, etc) that you may encounter on visiting this area but the author of this page is not responsible for your safety. You need to be prepared for the unexpected and proceed accordingly. Roads conditions may worsen and dirt roads can be subject to washing out so be aware of the possibility. Also, in wet conditions, some roads may become impassable. All risks are assumed by the participant(s). Having said that, I wish you a great trip into this beautiful area but exercise care and caution to make your visit a safe one.