Monday, July 1, 2019

Hiking to Mann's Peak, LaSal Mountains

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Hiking to Mann's Peak, LaSal Mountains, Hiking in Moab, Utah
Mann's Peak (12,272 ft) 5th highest peak in the LaSal Mountains, and one of seven "12ers" in the range. The LaSal Mountains are the 2nd highest mountain range in Utah, behind the Uinta Mountains. Mann's Peak is easily accessible by a trail the entire way from the West at Warner Lake Campground, or coming from the East in Beaver Basin. The trail itself is mostly well-shaded, with plenty of water from the Dry Fork Mill Creek. As you reach the saddle, you'll hike above tree line and will be fully exposed. Start hiking early in the morning to beat the afternoon thunderstorms that occur almost daily in this mountain range. The best time to summit is Summer and Fall (typically late June to the first snowfall in October).


From Moab, head south on HWY 191, and turn right on Old Airport Road. At the "T" turn left. Follow signs for LaSal Scenic Loop Road. From the "T", drive 13.5 miles and turn right for the signed Warner Lake Campground. Drive to the very end of the well-graded dirt road, where the trail begins.

Here's a driving map.

Distance: 4.75 miles to summit
Elevation gain: 2, 992 ft
Time: 5-7 hours
Dog friendly? Yes, off leash
Kid friendly? No
Fees/Permits? None

Hiking to Mann's Peak, LaSal Mountains, Hiking in Moab, Utah
Driving through Warner Lake CG. If you want to camp here I highly recommended making a reservation. We were hoping to get a walk-up site and everything was taken.
Hiking to Mann's Peak, LaSal Mountains, Hiking in Moab, Utah
Park in the day-use area, then walk over to the TH. Walk by Warner Lake.
Hiking to Mann's Peak, LaSal Mountains, Hiking in Moab, Utah
Just after Warner Lake pass through the gate.
Hiking to Mann's Peak, LaSal Mountains, Hiking in Moab, Utah
The first mile is very flat and filled with Aspen trees.
Hiking to Mann's Peak, LaSal Mountains, Hiking in Moab, Utah
You'll come to a 4-way intersection. This photo is looking to the right, but go straight and down hill, crossing the canal.

If you go left you'll be on the bike route, so you'll need to be aware of bikes flying through and move out of the way. "WE" is for the Whole Enchilada bike trail.
Hiking to Mann's Peak, LaSal Mountains, Hiking in Moab, Utah
You'll quickly come to a creek crossing, then turn left.
Hiking to Mann's Peak, LaSal Mountains, Hiking in Moab, Utah
You'll then cross a bridge. Right at the same spot across the bridge you'll see another sign for "WE" to the left - this is the same trail that connects to the 4-way intersection.
Hiking to Mann's Peak, LaSal Mountains, Hiking in Moab, Utah
Cut through a gate.
Hiking to Mann's Peak, LaSal Mountains, Hiking in Moab, Utah
At 1.8 miles you will reach the Dry Fork/Burro Pass trail split. Here's where you have a few options.

1) What we did - hike up to the left up Dry Fork trail 033 to reach Mann's Peak

2) Turn right and hike up to Burro Pass, then over to Mann's Peak.

3) Make a loop - up one of the trails, then down the opposite way from the summit.

Both ways are the same mileage - 5 miles from TH to Summit one way. The only reason we didn't create a loop was because there was still too much snow over Burro Pass and didn't want to risk getting caught in an avalanche or losing the trail on the way down. Otherwise I would have loved to do a loop!

Hiking to Mann's Peak, LaSal Mountains, Hiking in Moab, Utah
Pass the trail split you'll hike through a small meadow, then turn left at this sign. The sign is easy to miss - if my friend hadn't pointed it out I wouldn't have seen it.
Hiking to Mann's Peak, LaSal Mountains, Hiking in Moab, Utah
You'll immediately pass an old cabin on your left.
Hiking to Mann's Peak, LaSal Mountains, Hiking in Moab, Utah
As we started to gain elevation we came across this large avalanche debris field. This was so amazing and sad to see!
Hiking to Mann's Peak, LaSal Mountains, Hiking in Moab, Utah
All of these trees in the avy path were completely snapped. 
Hiking to Mann's Peak, LaSal Mountains, Hiking in Moab, Utah
Looking back down to the avy path and where we started to lose the trail. There was so much debris and leftover snow we couldn't see where the trail went. If you do get lost, all you need to remember is to keep following Dry Fork East on your map/GPS.
Hiking to Mann's Peak, LaSal Mountains, Hiking in Moab, Utah
Trying to find the trail again but the snow won.
Hiking to Mann's Peak, LaSal Mountains, Hiking in Moab, Utah
At least the snow was hard packed most of the time so we just keep hiking East up the gully.
Hiking to Mann's Peak, LaSal Mountains, Hiking in Moab, Utah
Wow! Looking back at Dan coming up through the old avy path. The snow ranged from a few inches deep to 3 ft deep.
Hiking to Mann's Peak, LaSal Mountains, Hiking in Moab, Utah
OUCH! Sometimes the snow was really soft and I ended up post-holing through and sliced my leg on a tree branch sticking up from under neath the snow where I fell through.
Hiking to Mann's Peak, LaSal Mountains, Hiking in Moab, Utah
Around mile 3.4 you will start to work up the switchbacks. They're pretty steep but doable. 
Hiking to Mann's Peak, LaSal Mountains, Hiking in Moab, Utah
Whew, working hard uphill.
Hiking to Mann's Peak, LaSal Mountains, Hiking in Moab, Utah
Charlie takes a break in the snow patch we had to cross on the switchback. 
Hiking to Mann's Peak, LaSal Mountains, Hiking in Moab, Utah
Almost to the saddle and the wind picked up.
Hiking to Mann's Peak, LaSal Mountains, Hiking in Moab, Utah
Finally at the saddle! I tracked 4.0 miles from the TH to here.
Hiking to Mann's Peak, LaSal Mountains, Hiking in Moab, Utah
We took a 5 minute break to enjoy the view and eat a quick snack. This is looking down into Beaver Basin. The peak to the left is Mt.Waas, the Grand County High point!
Hiking to Mann's Peak, LaSal Mountains, Hiking in Moab, Utah
Once on the saddle continue right, and walk around the base of "Point 11,849 ft".
Hiking to Mann's Peak, LaSal Mountains, Hiking in Moab, Utah
Make your way to the next saddle.
Hiking to Mann's Peak, LaSal Mountains, Hiking in Moab, Utah
The 2nd saddle also had quite a bit of snow. This looks down into the south end of Beaver Basin.
Hiking to Mann's Peak, LaSal Mountains, Hiking in Moab, Utah
Finally, so close to the summit with Charlie in the lead!
Hiking to Mann's Peak, LaSal Mountains, Hiking in Moab, Utah
It took us 4 hours 10 minutes to reach Mann's Peak, but we did it! We were slow because of the debris fields, losing the trail, and negotiating the snow fields. On the way down it only took us half the time since we knew exactly where to go.
Hiking to Mann's Peak, LaSal Mountains, Hiking in Moab, Utah
Charlie loved Mann's Peak - he said his favorite thing was sniffing all the new smells along this trail.
Hiking to Mann's Peak, LaSal Mountains, Hiking in Moab, Utah
Looking south to Mt.Peale & Mt. Tukuhnikivats!
Hiking to Mann's Peak, LaSal Mountains, Hiking in Moab, Utah
What a day! Such a great hike with amazing views. Afterwards we headed back to camp for a fire and dinner!


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Hiking to Mann's Peak, LaSal Mountains, Hiking in Moab, Utah

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