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. Turn right for Geyser Pass and drive 8 miles, then left at the brown sign for Burro Pass TH. Veer right at the next brown sign and continue following the signs. Park at the end of the dirt road just before the road makes a steep, rutted incline before reaching the official TH. Parking is off to the left in a pull out. A 4WD car is needed, especially the last 1.5 miles of driving. Photo below of the brown signs.
Here’s a driving map.
Distance: 5.5 miles RT
Elevation gain: 2,000 ft
Time: 3-5 hours
Dog friendly? Yes, off leash
Kid friendly? Ages 10+
Turn left at Geyser Pass for Forest Boundary.
Follow the signs for Burro Pass TH.
Our destination is in sight!
One more left turn, then drive up as far as you can. There is a pull out on the left side after these trees that is a good spot to park, as there is no parking right at the TH.
Ready to go! I didn’t realize we would be on the Whole Enchilada bike trail for the first mile.
Look at those Fall colors – beautiful!
And then it was bike, after bike, after bike…we probably saw 80 bikes in the first mile up until Burro Pass.
Made it to the pass. Once here, turn right and follow the trail sign for Mann’s Peak.
Leaving the bikes behind, finally! This was only a small handful of them too.
Making our way uphill again and through a short forested section.
Don’t pee on anything except rocks.
There were a few switchbacks as we kept following the trail. Tomasaki was in good sight again!
Looking back down towards Burro Pass (tucked in below the meadow).
Once you reach this cairn, if you want to skip Mann’s Peak like we did (since we already did it 2 years ago), just aim straight across to the saddle and leave the trail. If you also want to add in Mann’s Peak, I would recommend following the trail up to bag that, then follow the ridge down to meet the saddle.
Cutting across the boulder field. All of these rocks were very unstable.
Ahh, made it to the saddle and back on dirt. It was pretty windy here so we layered up.
One more look into the basin before heading up.
Next we made our way over to the unnamed peak, 11,947 ft. Such a cool view of Mt. Peale & Mt.Tuk from this side! Still on my list is the big rounded one in front, Mt.Mellenthin.
Dropping down from the unnamed peak almost to the Tomasaki saddle.
And now for the last climb – the steepest section.
I actually picked up a faint trail to the summit. A little hard to see, but it’s there.
Looking back – what a view! I love the LaSal’s so much! You can see Mann’s Peak and Mt.Waas from here.
Made it to the summit and first things first – serious face as I check in with my ZOLEO to let my partner know we made it safely. Charlie already snuggles in for his usual summit nap.
Time to explore around the summit!
Can’t forget about lunch! I love these “adult” lunchables.
Charlie climbs on my lap for more summit snuggles.
On the way down we decided to take the short-cut and just aim straight down back to the car. It was pretty steep but we found an okay gulley to follow down most of the way.
Just before we reached the trail again, there was one super steep section with really loose dirt and rock. I was really glad we didn’t go UP that way. I really liked the semi-loop we created.
Back to the car and the doggos were out! The sign of a good day!
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