Mount Nebo Trail

Nephi, Utah

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Mount Nebo, the centerpiece of the Mount Nebo Wilderness Area, is the highest peak in the Wasatch Mountains. As one might expect, the views from its summits are spectacular, but it is also one of the most strenuous hikes in this book. The trail to the southern summit climbs 5,400 feet, over a mile of elevation gain, in only 6.6 miles of trail; and, to make matters worse, there is no reliable source of water along the way. Most people who climb Nebo reach only the southern peak (11,877 ft.), where the trail stops, but the northern peak (11,928 ft.) is actually the highest point. The two lie about a mile apart on a long knife-edge summit ridge, with a third, slightly lower peak between them. Many hikers climb Mount Nebo’s southern summit as a day hike, and a few hardy souls even manage to ascend the northern peak in one day. But it is a very strenuous climb, and if you enjoy the mountains I suggest an overnighter might be more appropriate. There are several good campsites along the way, and the extra day will give you time to really appreciate the rugged alpine wilderness.
Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails

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Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails

by David Day (Rincon Publishing)

Mount Nebo, the centerpiece of the Mount Nebo Wilderness Area, is the highest peak in the Wasatch Mountains. As one might expect, the views from its summits are spectacular, but it is also one of the most strenuous hikes in this book. The trail to the southern summit climbs 5,400 feet, over a mile of elevation gain, in only 6.6 miles of trail; and, to make matters worse, there is no reliable source of water along the way. Most people who climb Nebo reach only the southern peak (11,877 ft.), where the trail stops, but the northern peak (11,928 ft.) is actually the highest point.

The two lie about a mile apart on a long knife-edge summit ridge, with a third, slightly lower peak between them. Many hikers climb Mount Nebo’s southern summit as a day hike, and a few hardy souls even manage to ascend the northern peak in one day. But it is a very strenuous climb, and if you enjoy the mountains I suggest an overnighter might be more appropriate. There are several good campsites along the way, and the extra day will give you time to really appreciate the rugged alpine wilderness.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Nephi
Distance: 13.2
Elevation Gain: 5,400 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 12 hours
Season: Midsummer through mid-fall
Trailhead Elevation: 6,480 feet
Top Elevation: 11,877 feet
Local Contacts: Mount Nebo Wilderness Area, Spanish Fork Ranger District, Uinta National Forest
Local Maps: Nebo Basin (USGS), Mona (USGS)
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Nebo Trail

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