Took 4.5 hours to drive to the trailhead from SLC. Used directions from Moogie737 (trip report) and they were spot on. This trail is very steep and there aren't a lot of switch backs. I was hiking with my friend Greg who is not in great shape, so we had to take it pretty slow. Just before the final push Greg hit the wall and was having some chest pain, so he stopped to rest and I quickly made the final push to the summit. There were some dark clouds moving in, but nothing serious. We camped near the trailhead and didn't see another soul in two days until we were on our way out and passed two hunters coming up. We had a great time.
Camped at the trailhead. Enjoyed the plentiful water on a hot July day. Signed a summit register that consisted of a single piece of paper folded into a glass vitamin jar on the west side of the summit. Then visited the shelter and took a short nap. Left from Utah County and took 4 hours to get there via Wendover. Worth every minute of drive time...probably going to have to do a trip report on this one!
Wasn't too impressed with the route..no views most of the way. If I'm going to hike climb in the desert, give me views! At least the traverse over to Haystack was nice..and the summit area. Pics and map at http://www.willhiteweb.com/utah_climbing/deep_creek_range/ibapah_peak_083.htm
I didn't think I was going to make it. It was freezing and near the top there was quite a bit of snow. I remember crawling through the deep snow and getting very frustrated, but guess what?! ...I did it! And now it is one of my all time favorites. I will never forget this peak.
#1 9-23-08 Yes, it's a long, long day; it can be done and enjoyed! Brent, Anne and I celebrated the first full day of autumn by bagging this remote county high point. Spotted wildlife included, unfortunately, only a few birds, one falcon and one tarantula. The fall colors were spectacular. Total hiking time from 6,200' parking spot was 7+15 - we didn't take long breaks! :) #2 9-21-10 W/ ZeeJay, Dave A. & JP Lewis. Hit Ibapah then the two summits of Red Mtn. Aspens offered a full range of hues from their autumn palette. Another one-day trip with much auto travel in the dark both going and coming back from SLC.
My wife and I climbed this via Granite Creek. We ran head on into a cougar half way between the meadow and the saddle. For 10 seconds we weren't sure if we were in for the fight of our life or just a good scare. It definitely was 10 seconds of anxiety as we stared each other down!
Took the old Pony Express route to get to Ibapah. Great drive, but that will be the last time I go that way. Went with my father and we both made it to the top. Did not see anyone the whole time. Great time of the year to go. Weather was perfect. It is a dog of a climb. Hope to go back and do Haystack.
Camped at the base outside the canyon because we were in a Subaru. That meant 6,200+ feet of elevation gain, but it was great to go from desert to Granite cliffs, to fall colors and then snow and a very windy, drift filled summit cone. Couldn't really follow the trail near and after the saddle, so I just went for it. Felt like spring on the way down because of the melting snow. Lot's of fighter jets, especially at night doing strange flare activities.
Climbed with Kirt Davis. I was worried about this one but it is pretty straight forward. Pretty much all hiking with no trail in some spots, no scrambling. Took us 11 hours but we took our time. Was warm on the summit when sun wasn't covered by clouds, but nice temperatures with cloud cover.
Went home via the Pony Express Trail, highly recommended. Around Simpson Springs we saw hundreds of Pronghorn and a herd of wild horses with three close enough to the road to see really well. Great trip!
Wow. Thats all I can come up with. We went via Wendover, and you can get pretty close to the trailhead with a passenger car.
Can't wait to do it again!
This is one remote mountain! We had a great time camping and climbing on Ibapah. The trail is in surprisingly good shape given the remoteness of the site and the area is quite beautiful.
This is a long tough dayhike. I hiked from the second creek crossing (didn't want to get stuck)
MOCKBA and I started in Tom's Creek, crossed to Indian Farm Creek, and climbed the three main summits of the Deep Creek massif. Snow conditions made for a long day.
It was a very long day: I summited just minutes shy of my preset turnaround time. I also ran out of water by the time I topped out, but filled up from a brook (granite creek?!) that was still trickling near 10000 feet. I saw very many different critters of the Deep Creek mountains, even a tarantula. Beautiful granite, good steep grades, no other people. Complete solitude.
Took an alternate route that approaches from the West with permission from the goshute tribe. 7 miles and 3,000 feet from this direction. Only Waas and Peale left and will have finished all of Utah's county high points.
Climbed this one again for Duane Gilliland. It's such a remote location, and the road requires a narrow, old 4WD like my '91 4Runner, so while we were in the neighborhood we couldn't resist. Ibapah is one of the 57 Ultra-prominence peaks in the 48 states, a list that Duane and I are working on. Actually, since we climbed pre-eruption Mt. St. Helens, we hope to bag the entire list of 58. Here's Duane's completion map, and here's mine. We hope to complete the list by 2007.
Amazing full-day hike, beautiful weather. Met up with a really cool couple and we hiked it as a three-some. Just an all around outstanding experience.
See Dean's comments below. This was indeed a terrific mountain, albeit a pain to get to. I also got a bunch of new marks on the paint job of my 1991 4Runner driving up that Granite Creek road. The rig still looks good, but new marks don't help. Anyway, it was my third of eight consecutive 5000-foot+ prominence climbs during that week.
A very isolated peak but worth the effort to get to it. What a jewel of an area. Bob Bolton and I, along with Adam Helman who needed this peak to complete all of the Utah county highpoints, were in total agreement that this one was an outstanding peak.
I'll write a more detailed trip report when I get back from vacation. (using library computer to check my email)
Started at 6:00 am and back to the truck by 11:30 am.
Drove out via Dugway, 70 miles of dirt roads and didn't see one person. had about 110 degree heat, glad I didn't break down. Go via Wendover.