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Jul 19 2019
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Trans-La Sal Trail, UT 
Trans-La Sal Trail, UT
 
Hiking avatar Jul 19 2019
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Hiking5.67 Miles 903 AEG
Hiking5.67 Miles
903 ft AEG
 
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This trail in the La Sal Mountains is close to Moab. The section of the Trans-La Sal Trail that I hiked is called the Squaw Springs Trail, off of Geyser Pass Road, a graded dirt road which is off of the paved La Sal Loop Road. The Trans-La Sal Trail links together several trails. It's astonishingly pretty, similar to Colorado mountain scenery. Very green, lots of flowers. The aspens were some of the largest I've ever seen.

Looks like it would be a fun backpacking trip, although I don't think you could make a loop out of it without some road walking. There was water in two places, although not many flat spots to camp, on the short distance I covered. It might be a little buggy. If I were going to do an overnight, I'd bring DEET and a shelter with mosquito netting. Wasn't bad during the day, though.

I have never seen so many wildflowers, especially lupine! There are great views out across the Canyonlands country. You could see Moab, also.

I had been river running for three days on the Colorado River (starting near Grand Junction) and I didn't have a day pack with me. I didn't expect to do any hiking, due to the lowland heat. So, I slung my purse over one shoulder, with a small lunch and GPS inside. I used a boating cam strap, a carabiner and Nalgene bottle for water, slung over the other shoulder. I did have some Altra shoes and a spare set of poles I've been keeping in the car.

The camera I brought along for the river runs was my cheap waterproof Fujifilm. I have to say, it's one of the worst cameras I've ever owned, but it's almost indestructible, so I take it on river trips. The photos are awful. I also took some with my cell phone--small improvement. I'll post those sometime later on.

The Manti-La Sal National Forest offers this pdf file of trails in the La Sals: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DO ... 291128.pdf
A guidebook to La Sal Mountains exists, but is out of print. Characteristic of out-of-print books, the sellers are asking upwards of $600 for a copy! It's called Canyon Country's La Sal Mountains: Hiking and Nature Handbook, by Jose Knighton. I perused the tables of contents of several guidebooks to the area, but they seem to focus on Arches and Canyonlands.
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