Penelope May-Smrz and I hiked up this nice desert peak on our way to ski at Brian Head. The access road was deeply washed out in three places so we smoothed it out with our shovel, rest was reasonable terrain for Subaru Outback. We had a bit of snow on the short summit ridge, but the sharp part of the ridge is very short. We also saw a family of bighorn sheep,a wonderful sight. We liked the feel of the area, it is somewhat remote from I-15 and one feels away from it all. There were 11 entries in the register since our friend Garry Schenk's party placed the register in 2012.
So much fun! A big day for sure, lots of elevation gain, fun scrambling throughout, and that knife edge is as good (actually, better) than advertised. We saw a large Big Horn Sheep ram on the way in. Got off route on the way down, traversed under the top set of cliffs instead of the lower set and had to backtrack. Still, an amazing climb that I am definitely going to do again.
This is a fine peak with easy access from I-15. A high-clearance vehicle is all one needs to get to the trailhead. The road continues further, but there is no practical advantage. There is a short class 4 series of moves off a large ledge above the saddle between points 4542' and 5246', although a way around this might be found down and to the left. This was the technical crux. The summit ridge was fun. A family unit of bighorn sheep was encountered below the lower northeast summit. I climbed the peak during the afternoon with intermittent showers scattered across the desert horizon. No ticks!
Very windy along the knife edge, with gusts up to 40 mph adding some spice to the trip.
Made it about 2 miles from the normal trailhead in a low-clearance car with only minor damage. Cool peak, though a bit of a loose slog in places. Trip report.
Fun climb with a good group. The summit ridge was cool, but I didn't find the exposure to be very bad at all. I thought the highlight was the early morning view to the north of the rest of the Mormon Mountains. We got a slow leak flat tire on the drive back to I-15. Climbed Virgin Peak in the afternoon making for a long day.
I climbed this one with Craig Clark and Mo Jadid (Mo stopped just shy of the knife ridge formation). Temperature got kind of warm on the way out.
The knife edge was everything that was promised.
Great winter weekend in the desert. Tagged Umpah as well.
Found a bit more snow/ice on the knife edge than I was comfortable with solo so I'll need to head back out there in a month or so.
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Edit: Went back and finished the knife edge. The summit registry needs a new booklet if anyone is heading up. Lots of ticks today.
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Cool hike, ran across a rattler. Loved the knife edge.
Great hike!! Snow and ice on ridge.
With Tom and Bill, did Virgin in the afternoon. Trip Report
Fun morning with Bob Burd and Bill Peters. Summit ridge was the highlight of the hike. Afternoon saved for Virgin.
This is one of my favorite peaks! It was a great hike and a very fun scramble.
Great weather for this fun mountain. A real treat for an out of towner. Round Trip 4:30.
CLIMBED WITH ED
Awesome peak with great views and a fun knife edge. Climbed with SP member sierragator and one other person.
Very cool mountain, lots of fun. Trip report and Moapa page were very helpful, thanks to the authors!
Strangely enough, my nickname has nothing to do with climbing. I was asked to take a screen name long ago, at a site for people with brain damage. I thought of Moapa Peak, sitting off i-15, alone, stolid, self-reliant - and that became my name.