Ut24 Summit: Loa - jctUt62
This summit on Ut24 is located on the plateau above the
canyons of Captiol Reef National Monument. The scenery is
quite different, here above the monument. Far above the
intricately carved cliffs a wind swept plateau forms the
high point of the summit.
There is a temptation to extend the profile on the
eastern side below Loa to include the great slope down
through the Waterpocket Fold. I decided not to include
that part of the profile since Loa is separated from that
slope by a series of low rolling hills. That climb is
included in the Ut12
summit Capitol Reef - Boulder.
The summit is marked with a pass symbol on old Touraide
Maps. Topo maps also label the spot with the word summit.
Even though the summit sign states 8385ft, the topo map
clearly shows the road crossing the 8400ft contour and
labels it 8410ft.
EAST: Loa: intersection of Ut24, Ut72
2.(8410ft,mile11) TOP: summit
3.(7320ft,mile17) START-END WEST: junction with
secondary road to Koosharem - Ut24 summit to Sigurd.
4.(6980ft,mile20) START-END WEST ALTERNATE: jct:
Ut62 to Koosharem - Ut24
From West. From Loa Ut24 hops across a few tundra or
dessert loaves - depending on the season - with the ease of a
veteran plateau goat, in order to climb the Awapa Plateau.
Here the road becomes straight as an arrow as seen on a map,
but a roller coaster as seen in profile. The top is a rather
bleak spot. Several turnoffs lead to higher spots on the
Fishlake Plateau to the north.
From East. The approach is described in a downward
direction. Just past the summit Ut25 promises even greater
relief from summer heat, when climbing the bread loaf shaped
mountains above Fish Lake. Ut24 on the other hand, makes a 90
degree turn to the north and heads down. The curiously
shapeless tops of the Sevier Plateau make up the backdrop
behind Koosharem in the valley below. The road traverses down
into Grass Valley, looking like it has every intention to
peter out into a high plain. But instead it heads for another
labeled summit, albeit a small one. At the junction with Ut62,
the profile connects to: Ut24
summit: Sigurd - jctUt62.
Dayrides. A long dayride circle over Hogan
Pass, the Ut24 summit Loa-jctUt62, another Ut24
summit Sigurd-jctUt62, returning over the Meadow
Gulch Divide measured somwhere over 116 miles and 7500ft
of elevation gain in over 10 hours. More details on the Meadow
Gulch Divide page (m220.127.116.11).