Ascent of Mount Peale on 2011-08-06

Climber: Eric Kassan

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, August 6, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Peale
    Elevation:12721 ft / 3877 m

Ascent Trip Report

To get to La Pass, the road was in great shape and I had no problems in my Honda Civic. The road does cross a creek, but the water is very shallow.

I was surprised to find a trail starting at La Sal Pass since it wasn't on the map. I decided to take it and, for the most part, it lead to the summit. One could also take the forest service road 4725 as the trail joins with it.

If taking the trail from the pass, in a half a mile or so there is an unmarked fork - take the right fork (the left apparently just leads to a cow pasture). The right fork leads to road 4725. Follow that road until a cairn on the right side, just before the road makes a steep, uphill turn to the left. The cairn marks a good route that leads well up the drainage that goes to pass 12145. Somewhere around 11,600' the trail/route leaves the drainage and shoots for the ridge to Mount Peale. I lost the trail/route in places there, but it becomes clear again when you reach the ridge. The views from the summit are incredible!
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2751 ft / 838 m
    Elevation Loss:2751 ft / 838 m
    Distance:5.8 mi / 9.3 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2701 ft / 823 m
    Extra Loss:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:3.1 mi / 5 km
    Trailhead:La Sal Pass  10120 ft / 3084 m
    Time Up:2 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:2651 ft / 808 m
    Extra Gain:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:2.7 mi / 4.3 km
    Trailhead:La Sal Pass  10120 ft / 3084 m
    Time Down:1 Hours 45 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Kassan
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