Peak(s):  Mount Nebo, UT - 11,928 feet
North Peak, UT - 11,174 feet
Date Posted:  08/21/2009
Date Climbed:   08/18/2009
Author:  Layne Bracy

 Mount Nebo - northern route  

7:10am: Mona Pole TH, 9200'
8:40am: North Peak, 11174'
9:45am: Mount Nebo, 11928'
11:25am: TH

8miles/3400'/4hr 15min

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.

North Peak

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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 Comments or Questions

08/23/2009 14:31
I enjoy seeing trip reports for far-away mountains. Doubt I‘ll ever get there and that is part of the allure. North Peak is a fine-looking mountain - I like the streaks of green that paint its slopes. It is just bare enough on top to give it distinction. Nebo is also fine-looking mountain - a perfect cone made of steep and sharp ridges. Great photos - thanks.

Layne Bracy

08/25/2009 01:09
It is nice to visit mountains in different areas - lots of variety out there!

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