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Mount Peale

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About: 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. Mount Peale was named for Albert Peale, a mineralogist on the Hayden Survey of 1875. 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 last year round). Mount Peale can be seen on a clear day from the Henry Mountains of central Utah, over 100 miles away. Mount Peale can be accessed from various directions, but is most commonly climbed from the area of La Sal Pass, 10125 feet, about 3 miles 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 miles with about 2600 feet of elevation gain. The route often involves some travel on snow, even in summer.


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