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Information updated April 22, 2019 @ 5:27pm
Description: The Tule Valley Hardpan (aka Ibex) is a large dry lake bed just west of Sevier Dry Lake. Ibex is one of the three back country airstrips included in the State's "FLY UTAH Passport Program". To learn more, head to their website.
The Ibex Hardpan Briefing guide is available here.
Runway: Generally pilots land north/south on the area south of the island that rises about 200 feet above the hardpan.
Approach Considerations: Rapidly rising terrain west of the landing surface.
Windsock: Yes, located atop the island.
Super smooth on northern half of lakebed. Very little dust. Totally dry. No problem for tires of any size with or without wheel pants. Southern half of lakebed has somewhat larger cracks but still relatively smooth.
The entire lakebed is dry but has larger cracks than I’ve seen other years. I’ve include a picture to illustrate. Several tricycle geared planes landed without issue including a Cessna 210.
The general landing area, and parking area is all dry. Some small areas on the outskirts had standing water, some areas were darker in color, but actually looked mostly dry. But there is plenty of room to land, taxi, and park around the island etc. Ground is extremely firm in those areas. (Listed N/A on windsock, don't recall seeing it, but also didn't look for it, wind was obvious/strong out of the south.)
hopefully the windsock is still there. I put one up about 8 months ago but haven't been back to check. it's on the top of the island.1 month ago
95% of the lake bed is flooded and covered in ice/mud/snow. A couple small spots to put a plane down on the edges. The dry spots were firm but anything dark or wet is sticky mud.
A lot of standing water around the area and around the island. A nice little area just in front of the island is dry and solid. Out side of that is hard but starting to get soft and tacky mud.
Ibex Climbing AreaAdded by Brent Rowser 2 years ago
This is mostly a bouldering area with a few mixed gear, trad and sport routes. This place is epically eerie and seated at the end of a dry desert lake out in the middle of the desert in southern Utah. The boulders are monstrous red quartzite behemoths and since it all sits next to a dead lake it magnifies the feeling of how beautifully desolate and remote this area is. Besides the dead lake the rocks themselves give you an eerie feeling. Some of them are even hollow, completely solid, but they still ring like a bass drum when you bang on them. This is a five star bouldering area if you like to go high. https://www.mountainproject.com/area/105916340/ibex