Hiked up the 4-wheel drive road east of the pass. Then tried to find the easiest way through the deadfall. The talus wasn't too bad on the way up but I see why others like to do this with snow still in the couloir. I think it would go much qucker. Especially on the way down. Was chased off the top of this one by storm clouds. I wish I could have stayed and enjoyed the tremendous views more.
Via Tuk and Gold basin.
#1 10-01-08 What a fine way to begin a new month. We car camped 150 yards west of the pass and hiked Peale the day after we had climbed Mt. Waas. Reports of the talus climb being steep are not exaggerated. Made it to the top in 1+57 and down in 1+35. Wonderful fall colors on display everywhere there were huge stands of aspens. I will make a combined trip report to offer some details which might help those who follow. #2 09-03-12 Learned the hard way about which route from LaSal Pass is the correct one. Live and learn. Managed to make it safely in spite of the precarious route wrongly chosen, proof that God watches out even for those who choose to be knuckleheads.
Big snow year...stopped on road well over a mile before La Sal Pass. Once on the mountain, some snow, some rock. Traversed over from the summit to Mount Mellerthin, then over to the base of Tukuhnikivatz but that was crazy class 4 climbing that I wasn't expecting. Learned later I did the "Razer Fang" Pics and map at http://www.willhiteweb.com/utah_climbing/la_sal_mountains/mount_peale_185.htm
Climbed NE"ish" ridge. Great climb and steep Ski. Tandem snowboarded the lower slopes back to the road with my walking brother. I'll never forget the symbiotic gemini riding and dive into the slush at the bottom.
This was an amazing hike! It was a little cold at the tops with the wind blowin, but other than that it was a warm sunny winter day. Being up there gave a cool perspective of canyon lands and arches.
fun outing if you happen to be in Moab. A bit hazy but still with interesting views of Canyonlands
Great directions and info. on the SummitPost page, thanks! It takes ~ an hour from Moab to reach the pass. You could do it without 4X4 but may run into trouble. The trail leads off clearly at the meadow at the pass. However as you ascend into the canyon you enter a long, steep, avalanche wash that is full of trees and debris. Staying to either side may look steeper but will be easier and, having been on both sides, I'd recommend staying to the left. The rest of the hike is steep, constant large Talus, and often without clear switchbacks. The view and the summit are well worth it!
Scrambled up this peak in the 90's. Remember the pica chirping as we were climbing up.
Going solo for the 3 highest LaSals, got Tuk and Peale before Tstorm forced me to descend. The LaSals are beautiful!
The normal route up the couloir was still full of snow and about halfway up the route it really started to snow and blow. We tagged the top and headed down, wishing we had our snowboards for the descent. We couldn't see a thing and will have to return some day to enjoy the peak in different weather conditions.
Highest point in Utah outside of the Uintas. Summitted as part of Middle La Sal Traverse, from Tuk and Razor Fang. I think the Razor Fang deserves its reputation! Beautiful day, massive snowstorm the next day, though.
My wife and I made the top just as a storm built, so we hightailed it down. Our "mini-honeymoon", having been married earlier in the month.
An excellent stop on the way home to Albuquerque from Portland. The climb was longer than I expected and the temperatures were also pretty high (50-60 degrees Fahrenheit). I started at 5:30 am and got down by 12:30 pm.
A memorable trip with Cliff Moser and Ruth Frear. While enjoying lunch on the summit we noticed a fast moving thunder storm heading our way. We made a quick retreat but not quick enough and were caught in a wild storm mixed with rain, hail and Saint Elmo's fire. Electricity was arcing everywhere so we took defensive positions and waited. Lucky for us that lightning didn't break loose and we survived to hike yet another day.
Climbed with Duane Gilliland during our Ultra-prominence swing through Utah and Colorado. Nice day, but cold and windy on the summit. Beautiful area!
Fun little ridge-run from tukhunikivatz... had the mountains to myself this day!
Great climb and there was still enough snow to glissade.
Parked at LaSal Pass and spent the night. Climbed this one in the a.m. with Dennis Poulin and son in law, Andrew Davis from Sherwood Oregon. Had a great glissade down the snowy couloir. Mosquitoes were rather abundant and moving fast was the only way to avoid them.
traversed over from Tuk in fine spring conditions, mostly hard snow. descended back into gold basin. snowing lightly on top, no views to speak of. PICS