Noriegas Peak

Moab, Utah

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Of all the summits in the La Sal Mountains, Noriegas Peak is probably the easiest to get to. A short approach with minimal avalanche exposure makes it an ideal spot for a quick midwinter tour. Low-angle glade skiing is what’s on the menu, though you can get crazy on the mountain’s extremely avalanche-prone north face. Also, be prepared for some major bushwhacking through pucker brush in the lower elevations. This tour is easy to link with the Corkscrew Glades for an all-day adventure. On the north side of Noriegas Peak is a wide-open bowl that falls back into Brumley Creek. This area is called Noriegas Face, but it’s not recommended at all, despite how tasty it may look. This rock-filled avalanche factory is notorious for being the site of massive slides. Like former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, the face is pockmarked and terrifying. Avoid at all costs.
Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Utah

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Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Utah

by Jared Hargrave (The Mountaineers Books)

Of all the summits in the La Sal Mountains, Noriegas Peak is probably the easiest to
get to. A short approach with minimal avalanche exposure makes it an ideal spot for
a quick midwinter tour. Low-angle glade skiing is what’s on the menu, though you can
get crazy on the mountain’s extremely avalanche-prone north face. Also, be prepared
for some major bushwhacking through pucker brush in the lower elevations. This
tour is easy to link with the Corkscrew Glades for an all-day adventure. On the north side of Noriegas Peak is a wide-open bowl that falls back into Brumley Creek. This area is called Noriegas Face, but it’s not recommended at all, despite how tasty it may look. This rock-filled avalanche factory is notorious for being the site of massive slides. Like former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, the face is pockmarked and terrifying. Avoid at all costs.

© 2015 Jared Hargrave/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding
Nearby City: Moab
Distance: 3
Elevation Gain: 1,607 feet
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Winter
Trailhead Elevation: 8,990 feet
Top Elevation: 10,597 feet
Local Maps: USGS La Sal Junction
Driving Directions: Directions to Noriegas Peak

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