Mount Peale


Mount Peale
Mount Peale

The north face of Mount Peale, as seen from the summit of Mount Mellenthin
Elevation 12,726 ft (3,879 m)
Prominence 6,161 ft (1,878 m) [1]
Location
Location San Juan County, Utah, USA
Range La Sal Mountains
Coordinates 38°26′19″N 109°13′45″W / 38.43861°N 109.22917°W / 38.43861; -109.22917Coordinates: 38°26′19″N 109°13′45″W / 38.43861°N 109.22917°W / 38.43861; -109.22917
Topo map USGS Mount Peale (UT)
Climbing
First ascent unknown (probable prehistoric ascent)
Easiest route La Sal Pass Route: 2.5 mile hike/scramble

Mount Peale is the highest point in the La Sal Mountains of San Juan County, in the southeastern part of the US state of Utah. It is also the highest point in Utah outside the Uinta Mountains.[2][3] It is located about 20 mi (32 km) southeast of Moab. The peak rises high above the surrounding terrain, and this rise and its isolation from higher peaks help make it the 23rd most topographically prominent peak in the contiguous United States and an ultra prominent peak.[1] Mount Peale was named for Albert Peale, a mineralogist on the Hayden Survey of 1875.[3]

The La Sal Mountains sit on the arid Colorado Plateau, near such famous desert landmarks as Canyonlands National Park and Arches National Park. However due to their height, the La Sals are heavily forested and usually snow-capped until early summer (there is one snowfield on the north side that usually lasts year round).[4] Mount Peale can be seen on a clear day from the Wasatch Plateau of central Utah, near Orangeville, over 115 miles (190 km) away.

Mount Peale can be accessed from various directions, but is most commonly climbed from the area of La Sal Pass, 10,125 ft (3,086 m), about 3 mi (5 km) to the southwest of the peak. La Sal Pass is accessed from the southeast via a graded gravel road. From the pass the summit is obtained by a short but steep off-trail hike of about 2.5 mi (4.0 km) with about 2,600 ft (800 m) of elevation gain. The route often involves some travel on snow, even in summer.[3][4]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Contiguous US Ultra-prominent peaks at peaklist.org
  2. ^ Utah 12ers at listsofjohn.com
  3. ^ a b c Mount Peale on Summitpost
  4. ^ a b Michael R. Kelsey, Guide to the World's Mountains (third edition), Kelsey Publishing, 1996, ISBN 0-944510-02-7, pp. 682–683.



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