South Mountain

Manti-La Sal National Forest, Utah

Elevation Gain2,609ft
Trailhead Elevation9,250ft
Elevation Min/Max8581/10051ft
Elevation Start/End9250/9254ft

South Mountain

South Mountain is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in San Juan County, Utah. It is within Manti-La Sal National Forest. It is 3.4 miles long and begins at 9,250 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,609 feet. This trail connects with the following: Hell Canyon and Pack Creek.

South Mountain Professional Reviews and Guides

"At 11,817 feet South Mountain is among the smallest peaks in the range, but stands out like a lonely mountain, separate from her sisters to the north, Mount Peale and Tuk. While the bigger mountains get all the love from skiers, due to size and accessibility from Gold Basin, South Mountain is harder to appreciate. The approach is extremely long for day tours, and the summit is a full 1000 feet shorter and barely goes above tree line. But if you’re looking for powder, South Mountain is the place to be. For some reason, this area gets more snowfall than the rest of the La Sal Mountains, and therefore has better powder skiing. Descents include enormous glades and meadows that spill down to La Sal Creek and are prime for meadow-skipping, while the
steep northeast basin is a marquee line. The skiing doesn’t get much better than this."

"The South Mountain Glades are a bit of a locals secret. Found in the south group of the La Sal Mountains near La Sal Pass, the glades are located on Point 11142, a small, wooded peak just southeast of South Mountain. Several meadows spill down from the top, so many in fact that, when viewed from a distance, the mountain looks almost like a ski resort with cut runs. These open spaces offer long vertical on protected aspects within evergreen forests that shelter powder snow for weeks after a storm. Also, the South Mountain area gets more snow than the rest of the range, making this Moab’s own powder paradise. Unfortunately, La Sal Pass Road isn’t plowed, so
the approach from the trailhead is long. The upside is that practically no one skis here, so you can have the place all to yourself."

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Trail Information

Manti-La Sal National Forest
Nearby City
Manti-La Sal National Forest
USGS Mount Tukuhnikivatz, Mount Peale
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Oct 2018