Deep snow on the approach from the trailhead. After a fun climb up the couloir, we started toward the summit. Decided to turn back when storm clouds gathered early. By the time we made it down, lightning lit up the slopes. Next time I'm in the area I'll try the Tuk/Peale traverse via the "razor fang." Looks like it could be a great route given the right snow conditions.
Climbed Tuk first and then traversed over to Peale. Beautiful clear day with views made hazy by smoke from a controlled burn in the central part of the state.
Started from Gold Basin. Climbed Little Tuk, Tuk, Peale, Laurel, and Mellenthin and then returned via Laurel's west ridge.
Had a wonderful time in the wilderness today on these two peaks. The best part was the time when the rotten rock of the razor fang tried to eat me.
An easy Utah peak with very different scenery than the Wasatch. Camping out it can feel like an expedition to a different country even though the mountain is little more than an easy hike.
Strike One: Attempting to access Mt. Peale via La Sal Pass from the west, only to find it impassible and covered in snow. (Google maps has a funny way of choosing the "best" directions.)
Strike Two: Breaking in my new crampons and ice axe climbing the snow filled couloir to the ridge, only to turn back when the weather got nasty. Making it to the truck just as lightning lit up the sky and stuck the ground where we had just made our descent. (Instincts, check.)
Strike Three: Heading down to the lower campgrounds to escape the storm and attempt again in the morning, only to wake up to find a huge aspen blocking the road from the storm the day before, and black clouds building before the sun made an appearance. (Lucky that we weren't trapped on the other side of that aspen!)
Mt. Peale may have beaten me, but I still had fun trying to summit and enjoyed my time in the range. Very nice area and I hope to return!
Great climb. Probably easier to start from the road just east of the pass. Sea Level to 12,700 in 27 hours! Could just see Mount Sneffels which I climbed 22 years earlier.
I camped at Medicine Lake the night before. There was intermittent rain and lightning the whole night until 5:00 am. I didn't think I'd be able to climb with the weather, but it finally cleared out. I started from the trail head off La Sal Pass Rd at 6:15. I hiked the trail until I met the 4 wheel drive road and I then followed it until I met 2 cairns on the right. I followed them up the gully. In the last quarter of the gully, I chose to climb up the east side, rather than follow it to the ridge. I followed the ridge east, and reached the top of Peale by 8:05. I had it all to myself. After 20 minutes on top, I started the descent. At 9:45, I returned to the Medicine Lake camp. My favorite part was a gorgeous green field at the top of the gully. I could have stayed there all day. Thank you Mt. Peale for giving me good conditions and further convincing me that mountain climbing is my absolute favorite activity.
Hiked up Tukuhnikivatz and then over to Mt. Peale.
Hiked Waas the night before, arriving near the pass around 2:00 am. Got in a couple hours of sleep and started up the trail as the eastern sky turned pink. Loved the view from the top with Canyonlands and the Henrys to the west and the San Juans to the SE.
Had the summit to myself, but ran into about 12 people on the way down. Not bad for a holiday weekend.
Started from La Sal Pass road at 8,100'. Snowshoe hiked the road to Beaver Lake (4.8 miles one-way) and ascended the ridge/rib on the left side of the gully. Nice weather, great views from the summit ridge.
Snow and a downed Aspen tree prevented me from reaching La Sal pass...tack on an extra two miles roundtrip for that one! What an amazing experience, the snow couloir was fun! I saw fresh mountain lion, coyote and bear tracks in the snow.
Climbed with my mom as a brief side trip on the drive to school. The road up to the pass was mostly quite good, though rain the previous day made the creek crossing a bit worrisome in our passenger car! We made it up (with my mom stopping 200' below the very top) in a bit under four hours, and back down in a bit over two. I didn't stay long at the top due to some nasty looking clouds building up to the north, but the weather held on the way down.
If you're in the area, Peale is 100% worth climbing!
Summit from Geyser Pass. Did the triple crown of Mt. Peale, Tuk and Mellenthin. Pretty straight forward talus scramble without much exposure. To this day the La Sals are one of my favorite ranges.
Climbed from La Sal Pass. What a talus fest. After Peale, Matt and I traversed to Mellenthin.
Started at Geyser Pass Winter Parking, followed the road to the pass, and climbed through deep snow to the North Ridge of Mellenthin. Traversed over to Peale next. After that I scrambled over the Razor Fang to Tuk, and descended north into Gold Basin and back to the car.
Ascended Tukuhnikivatz via La Sal Pass, traverse Razor Fangs to Peale. Climbed with Kiefer on a windy morning. Had lunch in Moab than hiked around Arches a little bit.
Right when we made it to the peak one heck of a storm rolled in and was pounding us with hail and rain with winds that made it hard to stand. By the time we made it back to the car we were cold and very wet but had the time of our lives.
Up via La Sal pass, made it up in pretty good time, and was chased down by stinging rain and brutal wind.
Up and back in about four hours.
Had the mountain all to ourselves>>scree was brutal>>views amazing!!!