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Mount Peale, UT

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Difficulty 3.5 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance Round Trip 5.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 10,150 feet
Elevation Gain 2,596 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,703 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 19.02
Interest Off-Trail Hiking, Seasonal Creek, Perennial Creek & Peak
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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Author Jim_H
author avatar Guides 63
Routes 67
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Trips 1,981 map ( 11,986 miles )
Age 42 Male Gender
Location Marana, AZ
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Preferred Jul, Aug, Jun, Sep → 9 AM
Seasons   Spring to Late Autumn
Sun  5:15am - 7:31pm
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Peel back Peale's summit
by Jim_H

Likely In-Season!
It is remarkable Mount Peale is as easy to summit as it is, because it is an impressive 12,721' high. It rises over 8,000' above the surrounding deserts in Moab, but you drive so high up that the climb is not that hard at all. This is sort of off trail, but sort of on trail. Mostly, it's an unmaintained social trail, but getting to that point may require some off trail travel. Due to the isolation of the peak, I expect you will have the summit to yourself.

If you've come to hike Mount Peale, you will probably drive to La Sal Pass. You can either leave from the pass, or hike back about 1/2 mile on the road to a two track road numbered "4725". If you choose to leave from the pass, hike up towards Peale and a large prominent gully to the west of the main body of the peak. If you choose to hike down the road, do so and then take FR 4725 past the cabin and continue up hill to the two track's rough end, and look for the cairns and social trail which drop out of the forest below the large gully. Either way, you're looking to get below the gully, as the talus covered slopes are not fun and you want to get up on the ridge in a safe manner. The gully offers the best and most worn option.

Once in the gully, you can see cairns and a fairly good social trail which you will hike up. While not totally obvious, this trail takes you all the way to the ridge line. About 2/3 of the way up, the trail reaches the alpine vegetation and leaves the gully, heading up the slope northeast towards the ridge. You can take this trail, as while steep, it does get you to where you want to be, or make your own way up the slope to the ridge.

Once on the ridge, there is a noticeable trail which continues across to the summit. It passes just below the false summit and more or less goes all the way to the wind shelter on the true summit at 12,721'. Views are quite good, but western ones are blocked by the mountain to the west, Mount Tukuhnikivatz. You can either descend the way you came, or make the class 3 traverse to the Mount Tukuhnikivatz. That mountain's east approach face is far less traveled and the talus harder to get by, but worth the effort.

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2012-09-24 Jim_H
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Manti - LaSal Forest
    Manti-La Sal NF - Permits

    Map Drive
    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Moab, Utah, drive south for roughly 20 miles to Utah Highway 46, take UT 46 past the town of La Sal and locate the forest road with the sign for "La Sal Pass". Drive 2 miles north on the dirt road and take the first left which will again have a sign for, "La Sal Pass". Continue on this road for 7 miles to the Pass. There is a creek crossing a few miles up the road which may require high clearance during high water flows. A foot bridge crosses the creek.
    page created by Jim_H on Sep 24 2012 9:41 am
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