Summary: Mt. Nebo at 11928 feet is the highest, and southernmost peak in the Wasatch Range. It is a mountain of three main peaks. Our hike was to the Highest point or Nebo North. The first three and a half miles of the hike was easy with only about 1400 feet of elevation gain. We hiked through beautiful grassy meadows accentuated by white fur and quaking aspens. The final leg of our hike was the toughest here we gained around 1300 feet in three quarters of a mile scrambling up loose shale and black lime stone. This hike is a steep one but it is definitely worth it the views are spectacular. Nebo is an excellent hike for any one who likes to bag high peaks and get away from the crowds of closer more frequented peaks. There are two ore more routes one can take to the summits of Nebo. From the bench trail you can climb directly to wolf pass then to the north summit or travel further south and up to the south peak. However you choose Nebo will be a hike you will never forget.
Trailhead: From the north on Interstate 15 take exit 252 at Payson UT follow the Nebo loop road to the Nebo Bench/Monument Trailhead. This can also be reached from the south by taking exit 225 at Nephi. From the trail head parking you will find two trails. The Nebo bench trail is at the south end of the parking lot. This trail also goes to the summit but is longer and steeper. We did not take this trail. There is a small dirt road near the north end of the parking lot. This is the trail we recommend. You can drive the half mile or so of dirt road to another parking area The trail heads west along a barbed wire fence. (Lat:39.84355 Lon:-111.72062)
Trail Guides for Mt. Nebo North:
Best Seasons: Fall, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Horses,
Ranger Contact: Uinta National Forest Supervisor's Office 88 West 100 North Provo, UT 84601 (801
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Matty Ross, who has posted 26 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Butter on 7/10/2012
We hiked this trail on 7.9.12. We left at 2:30 pm. It took us five 1/2 hours total. Amazing views, saw mountain goats, deer and a really pretty owl. Not sure what kind as it was in flight. Definatly a gruelling few pitches. The last pitch is a really nice one that LOOKS alot worse than it is. Higghly recomended!!
Reviewed by Harry on 10/5/2011
I hiked the north route yesterday and enjoyed it very much. The weather was great 50-70deg F so it was not too hot. The round trip to the top of the north peak took me 5hrs 15min with lots of quick stops for pictures and snacks. All the info I have read and from looking at the topo maps the south peak is higher. Considering the trail satrts at 9200ft and the north summitt is approx 11,200, the elevation difference between the start of the trail and the top of the north summitt is 2000ft, not including the loss and gain of elevation on the trail itself. I am from the west coast of Canada and am 59yrs old, so I found it a challange catching my breath in the high elevation. All in all a wonderful experience.Thanks Utah.
Reviewed by Ryan Gardner on 9/27/2010
The guy below saying the north peak is less than the south is using an outdated map. The summit is 11928, and it is on the northernmost peak. I also hiked it Friday. I believe that the trailhead to the summit is more in the order of 5.25 to 5.5 miles - making the trip a 11 mile round trip not an 8.8 mile round trip.
Reviewed by MBN on 9/21/2010
I just went up to Nebo today and I belive the overall elevation gain is 3800 feet. I started at 9200 feet and the top is 11927 or something close but going around North Peak you loose 500 feet and that is both ways so it adds up to 4000 feet or maybe a little more. I have hiked this about 6 times so I have studied the route.
Reviewed by RMyers on 8/22/2010
I just hiked to the North Summit last weekend (08/22/2010) and brought my GPS on the trip. Matty Ross, the person who submitted this write-up has his facts all wrong. The elevation of North Peak of Nebo is 11,174 ft. not 11,928 ft., as he has stated. (The North summit is approx.700 ft. less than the South Peak which stands at 11,877 ft.). This is according to the Wasatch Hiking map of the Provo Area published by the University of Utah and sold at REI. My GPS says the distance by foot from the Monument Trailhead to the summit was 5.24 miles, one way (10.48 miles round trip) and not the 8.84 miles he has stated. The elevation gain was 3,189 ft., according to my GPS and not 3,800 ft., as stated. I might also mention that my GPS was with
Reviewed by HCFoster on 7/19/2009
Very nice hike though the scenery wasn't as good as Timp or Box Elder, both of which I've climbed within the last 5 days. The scramble up to the summit was very fun, I would say it has a couple short sections of very easy Class II but it might be intimidating for those used to pure walk-up peaks. The beta for using the dirt road (Mona Pole Road) is spot on. GPS coordinate for this alternate, better trailhed is 39.84846 N 111.72233 W.
Reviewed by Brandon on 5/27/2009
Great climb, did it in 97 with Wasatch Academy, and might I say that the views from the top were quite stunning. The aproach to the summit is a bit steep, but not as bad as the thigh burning switchbacks.
Reviewed by Viewer on 8/13/2008
This is a hike that I had wanted to do for a very long time. This hike finishes off all the major peaks in the Wasatch range from Brigham City to Nephi. I was very pleasantly surprised by how much forest we were able to hike through on the way to the top. I would guess that the tree line ends about a thousand feet from the summit. Lots of wild flowers in the trees and meadows, lupine, penstimen, paintbrush, columbine,and many others. The last thousand feet make this hike a worthy challenge, steep and a a little exposure near the top. I saw several people on all fours on the way up and sitting on their behinds on the way down. I would not recoment it for your friends that have done very little hiking. Overall,a great hike.Dick Legas ProvoUt
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