Moab/La Sal, Utah
Arches National Park
Canyonlands National Park
Mount Tukuhnikivatz : 12,489' 2.75 Miles one way
Difficulty: Very strenuous, but not too long.
To get to Mount Tukuhnikivatz from Moab:
From Moab, drive south on Highway 191 until you reach
Highway 46 to La Sal. Turn left or east down Highway
46. After driving about 6 miles you will reach the small town
of La Sal, continue for about 3 more miles until you reach
a dirt road on the left called "Two Mile Road".
Drive up Two Mile Road for a couple of miles until you reach
Road "073" or "La Sal Pass Road".
Follow this road for about 9 miles. Along the way, you'll
have to drive through La Sal Creek. It's not very deep, only
about a foot or so, but don't stop in it or you will get stuck,
just barrel through it and you should be good. You will also
probably encounter a lot of cattle along the way, these aren't
the smartest creatures, so be careful. They jumped in front
of us a few times.
Beautiful aspen groves will be seen on both sides of the road,
and after a while it becomes like a mini rollercoaster ride
through some incredible forests. See the video. Near the summit
of the pass, you will see a sign that says "Beaver
Lake" and "Medicine Lake", that
means you are getting close, keep going toward Medicine lake,
you'll then pass another side road that goes to a little ranger
station and the trailhead to Mount Peale. Continue on past
Medicine Lake and a large open meadow. There is a sign in
front of an old wood fence that says "Mount Peale".
You can park at the meadow and begin, or better yet, continue
down the 4WD road until you start to line up with the drainage
on the east side of the southeastern ridge. There is a trail
around here, but it's difficult to find. don't worry it's
easy cross-country walking through aspen groves.
Either way you start the Meadow Route, you will want to work
toward the eastern base of Tuk's southeast ridge. Route-find
your way up the easiest way that you can find, it will be
a bit steep and difficult no matter where you go, so don't
worry if your route isn't easy.
Stay on the east side of the ridge until you get to the huge
meadow hill up the southeastern ridge. Once on this steep
meadow, the trail should be visible, if not jut follow up
the side of the ridge until you reach it's spine. Continue
up the southeastern ridge's spine to the summit.
If you drive further down the 4WD road (To climb up via the
drainage on the west side of the southeastern ridge), you
will find a subtle ATV track going up a grassy hill to the
right. If you get to the sharp left turning switchback, you've
gone to far. At the time of this writing the road was washed
out about 300 feet from the trailhead. There was a difficult
ATV sideroad to circumvent the huge gash in the road. Once
you get to the grassy hill, just follow the easiest way up
the ridge. There are many animal trails that you can connect
together, to piece your route together.