Made it a weekend trip, the drive in was an adventure all in itself. Drove in till I got to the steep incline that I couldn't make up, roughly after a half mile past the stream crossing. Parked there, camped the night woke up hiked till I could see the tip of Ibapah smiling at me. Made camp again off to the right about 8000' up and tried to relax with all the ants covering the ground. Woke up finished her off with my two boys 8&9. The hardest part was route finding the trail after the wide meadow that looked like "The Sound Of Music" We lost a bit too much elevation and had to gain it back near the saddle. That's when the whinning started, but we made it and enjoyed the views in all directions. Didn't find a survey marker, is there one up there?
What an awesome mountain, and mountain range! So many similarities to the cottonwood canyons, with the rugged granite, and the nearby Red Mountain, with a spring gushing from it's side. This hike also felt a lot like Deseret Peak, and Pilot Peak with an approach up a canyon to a saddle, and then a right turn to the summit ridge.
I parked my car at the 3.9 mile mark, shortly after the first stream crossing along the new road up Granite Creek, and in the little camping spots there. When I got to the trailhead, I followed the ATV road to the right, instead of taking the overgrown trail to the left. The ATV shortly ended at the stream crossing, and I continued up the side of the mountain, on no trail. I just picked my way along the side of the mountain, westward towards the saddle. I didn't want to lose too much elevation, and getting through to the stream was impossible due to shrubbery and downfall. So I just plugged along the hillside until I got to the huge chute/wash on the southeast side of Ibapah Peak. I scrambled up the wash until it got cliffed out, and then scratched and clawed my way up the dirt wall to the juniper and aspen forest. It was steep was either pine needle covered dirt, or granite hopping. I stayed on the ridge, until I was cliffed out by a big chunk of granite. On my left, through the trees, I could see a big basin, and a small saddle between the ridge I was on, and the summit ridge. So I dropped a bunch of elevation to get into that basin, and then went straight up the south face of Ibapah, gaining about 2,500 feet in about a mile and a half. I finally hit a trail during the last 100 yards of the scramble to the top. Made it to the top in 3 hours, 47 minutes, over 6.25 miles. The trip down was much easier as I was on trail the whole time. Awesome day though.
Hiked in on Saturday and camped at about 8000 feet or so. Climbed the peak the next day. I've seriously never seen so many ants. The entire forest is full of them! Liz liked it for the most part except the last 3 miles that seemed like torture for her. Tough first hike of the summer.
Started at almost 2pm. 5 hours up. 2.5 down. Drove in from wendover and drove out in the middle of the night back through fish / simpson springs and over lookout pass. Meteor shower was putting on quite a show even with the moon up.
Seven of us from the "Wasatch Peakbaggers" Facebook group camped at the TH Friday & climbed Saturday. Beautiful area! Would like to go back & camp at the saddle & explore the surrounding peaks, Red & Haystack particularly.
With The Honeycombs, North.
I can't emphasize enough how awesome this area is! What a great hike in a truly beautiful place! Ibapah was my 8th ultra prominence peak overall and my 5th Utah UP. Only 3 more to complete the Utah list!
We arrived at where we camped the night prior at around 9:15 pm. We found a very nice spot just off of the road beyond the first stream crossing in Granite Creek Canyon. We were up and hiking the next day by 4:50 am. We started the hike where we camped which added a bit over 1.4 miles and 700 feet elevation gain to the trailhead area. Conditions all day long were absolutely perfect with pleasant temperatures, blue skies, and very little wind on the summit and summit ridge. This was a fantastic hike on a very impressive mountain.
Lots of traffic on the mountain. At least three other groups and one solo hiker were on the mountain.
I camped at the north end of the meadow above 10000ft next to the creek. After making camp I hiked up Red Mountain, summiting at around 7:30PM. I got up at 8AM and hiked up Ibapah. The weather was awesome - cool and clear.
Drove from Salt Lake City. Hiked it. Drove home.
Overnighted at the end of the road above the second stream crossing, climbed the peak the next morning. The trail was easy enough up to the meadow, we then cut cross-country up to the false summit before Ibapah, then found the cairned access trail on the backside of the false peak.
The weather was excellent until the end of our time at the summit. Dark clouds formed pretty quickly at the noon hour, but we were back to tree cover below the main saddle before the thunder began to roll.
Water was running high in Granite Canyon even at the end of August (2011 was an admittedly high-water year). The canyon was a true oasis in the desert above the vast Salt Flats. This is one magical place.
Via Granite Creek.
this is indeed a remote mountain. I drove from Wendover and the directions were pretty good. I also made the mistake of not crossing the creek the second time on the jeep trail and ended up on an early morning bushwhack until I met up with the trail again. Lower granite canyon indeed has very cool granite formations. You cannot actually see the peak until you are quite a ways up. Overall, this is a big peak but with a pretty good trail most of the way
June 30, 2018 - With Peter, Brooke and Ryan via Granite Creek. 5 hours up, 3 hours 20 mins down.
June 23, ,2012. Took my friend Jared Ogden from Virginia up this 12,087 feet peak. Ascent time was under 4.5 hours, descent was 3 hours 15 mintues. Loved the remoteness of it. Camped along the Granite Creek, and did a little rock scambling up one of the many cool formations in the area the next morning.
Very rewarding climb from all the effort. I noted the mileage to the first creek crossing at 3.6 miles from the beginning of the Granite Creek road. From the directions I thought I was at the 2nd crossing and missed the second crossing. Bushwhacked for a ways until I stumbled on the trail.
Long day trip from SLC with Moogie737, Dave A, and John. Also did Red Mountain. Nice fall colors and perfect weather.
Did not see anyone else anywhere near this hike. Went up Granite Creek Canyon, camped near first stream crossing. Wanted to hit Haystack on the same trip but decided that weather was too iffy. Good decision. Got caught in microburst on the way down that scared dog, drenched me and required camera repair. Still, a great hike.
Started from a parking spot at the second creek crossing. I put snowshoes on at around 7,000 feet, and route finding became difficult around 8,000 feet where the route was completely obscured under snow. The snow was deep and soft, and even with snowshoes I postholed nearly every step. I ended up climbing the South Ridge, which was fairly steep and rocky in spots. Luckily, the ridge topped out exactly at the summit. I was hoping to climb Haystack too, but the snow conditions were really difficult.
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Camped the night before in Granite Creek. Rich C. and I were the only ones on the mountain. Trail to the main meadow was obscured by snow. Once we got above the meadow, snow conditions were lousy and snow shoes were useless. The weather was also not cooperating with a few claps of thunder here and there. Finally, the weather let up for 2 hours and we made the summit. Great views of Haystack, George Hansen Peak, Mt. Moriah, and Pilot Peak. On the way down, endured 3 hours of heavy rain, hail, and snow. But a great weekend in the west desert and another county highpoint down.