38° 59.004' , -113° 21.996'
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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.
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.
There was more water than I've seen there before. Much of the lakebed looked wet. I inspected with several fly overs and rolling of tires, as well as watching the motorcycles in the area. Landing in the recommended location just southwest of the island, the ground was firm. After getting out I walked miles of the lakebed and found most of it to be firm. I would steer clear of any standing water, staying well away from it. I walked right up to the waters edge and while the ground was still firm right up until the waterline, there was noticeable tackiness and mud 30-50 feet before the water (likely from receding water). As always, use caution. I recommend a pass or two just to double check as we may get more rains soon.
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