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South Mountain Trail

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9.4 mile 15.2 kilometer point to point
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Elevation

Ascent: 2,402' 732 m
Descent: -3,151' -960 m
High: 10,667' 3,251 m
Low: 8,591' 2,619 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 59% (31°)

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The South Mountain Trail makes its way around the southern flanks of South Mountain in the La Sal Mountains.

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Features Fall Colors · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

La Sal Pass Road is closed to car traffic in winter. There is a parking area for unloading snowmobiles, and access to the road is available by snowmobile or cross-country skiing.

Description

The South Mountain Trail begins at Forest Service Road #0073 at the Beaver Lake/Medicine Lake Trailhead and ends at Forest Service Road #0073. The best route to the trailhead is from Old La Sal Hwy UT46 to La Sal Pass Road. Access to the trail from the west is 4WD only.

The trail in its entirety is an out-and-back or you can take FR #0073 back to the east trailhead. The South Mountain Trail also provides access to Pole Canyon Trail, Doe Canyon, and Pack Creek trails.

The terrain is mostly high mountain meadow singletrack with some rocky technical sections above the tree line (10,500+ ft).

Flora & Fauna

Wildflowers are abundant in summer and fall. The aspen groves are amazing. Mule deer, elk, and black bear are common in the area.

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Aspen singletrack
Aug 12, 2019 near Moab, UT
Views from south side of S. Mt
Aug 12, 2019 near Moab, UT
Avalanche debris
Aug 12, 2019 near Moab, UT
Turn around point of the Burlfriends Trail.
Aug 30, 2017 near Moab, UT

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