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Burlfriends Trail Hike

La Sal Mountains

Moab, Arches + La Sal Mountains, Utah

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Burlfriends Trail Hike

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  • Hiking among the aspens on Burlfriends Trail.- Burlfriends Trail Hike
  • View of the La Sal's highest peak from Burlfriends Trailhead.- Burlfriends Trail Hike
  • Alpine wildflowers bloom throughout the summer.- Burlfriends Trail Hike
  • Come in the fall for an unbelievable color show.- Burlfriends Trail Hike
  • Another angle on Mount Peale.- Burlfriends Trail Hike
  • Beaver Lake.- Burlfriends Trail Hike
  • Mount Peale's south side, seen from Beaver Lake along the Burlfriends Trail.- Burlfriends Trail Hike
  • Dense aspens keep the Burlfriends Trail cool.- Burlfriends Trail Hike
  • Sunset on fall aspens.- Burlfriends Trail Hike
  • Utah's aspens are some of the best anywhere.- Burlfriends Trail Hike
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Aspen forest. Wildflowers. Mountain views.
Cons: 
Uniform terrain. Long, rough road.
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Region:
Moab, Arches + La Sal Mountains, UT
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
-700.00 ft (-213.36 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Biking, Horseback
Total Distance: 
6.00 mi (9.66 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
10,100.00 ft (3,078.48 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The La Sals are one of the most under-visited mountain ranges in Utah. This is surprising considering their prominence and proximity to Moab. Plenty of people drive the scenic La Sal Loop Road, but few actually venture onto the slopes to experience this idyllic wilderness.

The Burlfriends Trail in La Sal Pass is one of the best ways to do this. Starting from La Sal Pass Road at the base of Mount Peale, the tallest mountain in the range, the trail wastes no time in getting good. It immediately takes you across a field exploding with wildflowers. Soon you dip into a cool, dense aspen forest and wind around the flanks of the mountain. After a while you will emerge into a clearing that is Beaver Lake, a calm, grassy pond filled by melt water. Then the forest darkens under a dense canopy of spruce and fir before opening up again in a series of aspen groves and small meadows over rolling terrain.

Summer is the season for wildflowers, but come back in the fall to see the aspen trees in full splendor or to spot mule deer during the rut. Winter would make for amazing cross-country skiing and snowboarding, but access is difficult because La Sal Pass Road is closed.

Burlfriends is a relatively new trail that was built primarily by and for mountain bikers, but it gets just as much foot traffic as wheels. Together with La Sal Pass Road, it makes a loop from the top of the pass, down to the South Mountain Trailhead and back up. Return the way you came or or loop back on the road.

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