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
I had originally attempted Peale in early June of 2003. I chickened out at the stream crossing with my VW and hiked up the road instead. Because of time commitments, I only made it up to the base of the mountain before turning around.
In October, I went back and drove through the creek in a rally car style. I ended up ripping off my engine cover...oops. Most of UT had been abnormally warm since early September, so I lucked out in the end of October. It was 55 degrees at the top, near sunset. Whoa buddy. The hike up and down was pretty easy with nary a soul in sight. I saw a coyote that had been killed recently (previous 30 minutes maybe). Perhaps it was a bad omen for someone?
Good hike. Got a little lost on the approach thru the trees, but once in the gully, steep but generally easy climb up talus. Very interesting, small, compact mountain range, outstanding scenery.
Stayed the night at the pass and started out for the couloir as mentioned in the route info on main page. Decided to hit the peak up the throat, should have taken the routes advice, oh well. Made the peak and took Razor's over to Tuk.
The road had just opened to La Sal Pass this past Memorial Day weekend. Drove to just short of La Sal Pass. I ascended the main west couloir. Snow conditions early in the day were ideal. Used crampons on the ascent up the couloir. (see trip report) It was such a nice day, I made the traverse over The Razor Fang to Mt. Tuk. Beautiful summits with outstanding views, although a little hazy.
Wish I had a map! On the climb I was postholing in 2 ft. of snow, then along a long, slow talus ridge. At the summit storms came up and I made a quick decision to head down the other side instead of across the ridge and then try to go around the mountain. I descended talus to treeline, then bushwacked until I found a trail, then a jeep road with no idea where it went. 14 hours later I was in the desert after dark with no water and 20 miles from my car when a camper took pity on me and drove me back.
We started from Medicine Lake, and followed a drainage path.