Mount Nebo Trail

Nephi, Utah 84648

Mount Nebo Trail

Mount Nebo Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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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Trail Information

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