Kessler and I climb Mount Tukuhnikivatz today, starting at 2 PM. Usually you would want to start earlier because of thunderstorms, but there were no clouds in sight, only lots of smoke and haze.
We set off cross country from La Sal Pass, but found the new trail up to the ridge. It was a nice change of pace from the old route. Once reaching the ridge, it was a steep scramble and boulderhop to the summit. Since there was so much smoke and haze in the air, the views weren't as good as they usually are. We could still see the redrock country around Moab as well as the towers in Castle Valley.
We saw a mountain goat on the way down.
After which I did my first sky dive out of Moab :-)
Came in through gold basin then up the north ridge, great climb!
#1 9-01-18 W/ Lana. Camped near the signed TH at the La Sal Pass. The trail is easy to find - be sure to follow the trail west at the watering trough/semi-completed log structure (@10,500'). The nice trail ends at @ 11,700' and the remaining route is obvious. The final 400' of dinner-plate rock is "interesting." On top of the long summit ridge there are several what I call "kiva wind shelters," natural depressions or holes which offer nice protection from any unfriendly winds. We didn't hurry and our time to the summit was 2+40. We tallied the r/t mileage at 7.05.
I hiked Tukuhnikivatz after easily bagging Haystack the previous day. The new trail (completed in 2015) from La Sal Pass makes this a pretty nice and easy hike. I actually drove to the end of the 4WD road (shown as 4725 on the USGS topo) and hiked from there to the trail, which shaved nearly a mile and 200' elevation gain/loss of the hike. The switchbacks had a quite reasonable grade. The talus was a little loose in places and made for very tedious going. I spent quite a bit of time on the summit, just enjoying the views and the 4G Verizon signal. :) I only saw seven others on the trail, of of whom didn't summit bit instead turned back at the top end of the switchbacks. I was back at my Jeep before noon and headed straight home.
Only two hours and ten minutes from La Sal pass. The trail was well laid out with switchbacks that take you directly to the ridge. From there I headed off to Mt Peale.
Climbed up from Gold Basin then crossed the Fang to Mt. Peale before descending the ridge NW of Mt. Mel back to the car.
Took a video of the trip with my GoPro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tcZgkeh8ds
Traversed from Peale across the Razor Fang; started from La Sal Pass.
Did this in conjunction with Peale as a backup plan to a rained out CO 14ers trip. Started at Peale and came across going under the fang. Beautiful looking out onto the red desert lands of the southwest....
First stop of traverse from Gold Basin.
4WD thru 8 inches of snow to get to Winter Sports Trailhead. Hiked up road and thru Gold Basin and climbed North Ridge of Tukuhnikivatz. Headed over to Peale and climbed thru The Razor Fang. A rope was nice to have with all the new snow. Skirted the base of Laurel and back down a low angle ridge to join with road. Great day always below 20 degrees. Nice to have axe and crampons.
From La Sal Pass, along with Peale, Laurel, Mellenthin, and Peale NW peak. Awesome day of ridge hiking in the La Sal's.
Via La Sal Pass trailhead. Ascended with the mighty warrior, Chip. Wish it wouldn't have been so hazy, still a great view though!
with Mt Peale, from La Sal Pass. After seeing these peaks so many times passing thru Moab - had to see the view. Tremendous views!
Nicer views than Peale. Also much more fun climbing, as the hideous loose talus was mostly snow-covered. Trip report.
First stop on the middle La Sal traverse from Gold Basin. Beautiful day - reached about 2:30 from the trailhead. Snow-free hiking all the way up.
Via Gold Basin.
Comboed it with Peale and Mellenthin. Did Peale in 1 hr 15 mins, Mellenthin in 1 hr 15 mins from the top of Peale, and then had to skirt around the south of the Razor Fang to get to Tuk. Did it from Mellenthin in about 2 hours. Tuk was the most organized pile of rocks of the three. But STEEP! Total trip stats was 9.49 miles. Did it in 4 hrs 52 mins. Avg speed of 1.9 mph. Did 5,078' of elevation gain. And 5,146' of descent. It was a great way to spend Pioneer Day.
I climbed on an incredibly windy day. I didn't escape the wind, but I did leave Moab's dust behind. And I got to hike the ridge while leaning 30 degrees off vertical to my left.
Finally climbed it after years of staring up at this beautiful peak from the canyonlands below. Traversed over to Peale afterwards...