| Mount Nebo - northern route
7:10am: Mona Pole TH, 9200'
8:40am: North Peak, 11174'
9:45am: Mount Nebo, 11928'
Mount Nebo is the Utah County highpoint and one of the 57 contiguous US peaks with 5000' of prominence. (Utah County boasts three such peaks - Timp and Flat Top being the others.)
From Payson, we drove 24 miles along the Nebo Scenic Byway to the Nebo Bench Trailhead, then an additional 1/2 mile or so up the dirt Mona Pole Rd to a parking area.
Amy starting the hike
We started up the trail, cows fleeing before us. We saw several grouse. Amy was not planning to summit, so I went on ahead.
After meandering through the forest, the trail heads steeply up a small valley to the ridge.
early view of Nebo
The trail dips to traverse west of North Peak, but the trip up North is easy class 1-2, so I made that my first summit of the day.
view to the north
Mt Nebo from North Peak
From North Peak, I descended gentle slopes down to Wolf Pass(10600'), reconnecting with the primary trail.
wildflowers south of Wolf Pass
The hike to the summit is steep and a little loose, but stays class 1-2.
approaching the summit
From the summit log, this looks to be a popular peak. As expected from a prominent peak, the views are incredible.
North Peak from Mt Nebo
the ridge to Nebo's lower southern summits
view west to Mona Reservoir
The descent went quickly, despite 200' of elevation gain on the trail skirting west of North Peak. Overall, a great hike not far from the Salt Lake/Provo area!
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