Mount Nebo Wilderness Trails

Nephi, Utah 84648

Mount Nebo Wilderness Trails

Mount Nebo Wilderness Trails Professional Guide

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"The Nebo Scenic Loop, the prime access for trailheads in Mount Nebo Wilderness, is the best introduction to this wilderness. Snow usually closes the road in late October and it opens again in June or July. Take exit 225 off I-15 in the small town of Nephi (south of Provo and Utah Lake). Drive 6 miles east on UT 132 to Nebo Loop Rd. (FR 15). Another approach, from the north, is accessible at exit 248 in Santaquin. At 11,928 feet, Mount Nebo is the highest peak in the Wasatch Range. Early Mormon pioneers named the peak as a reference to Mount Nebo in Palestine.

The meaning roughly translates as “Sentinel of the Gods.” American Indians used the peak to light signal fires, so it played the part of sentinel for them as well. They carried wood on their backs up Nebo’s long flanks to the notched summit, and there they communicated with their gods or friends. When we hiked the Nebo Bench Trail, sun dogs flared in feathery cirrus clouds over Mount Nebo, a spot of colored fire from a completely different kind of signal flare. This trail guide includes descriptions of Monument Trailhead to Nebo Bench Trailhead."

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100 Classic Hikes Utah (The Mountaineers Books)
Julie K. Trevelyan
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"As the highest peak in the Wasatch Range, 11,928-foot Mount Nebo commands a lofty presence. Rather than a rugged granite pinnacle with imposing cirques and jagged edges, it actually sports rounded slopes and a seemingly gentle incline. Don’t let appearances deceive you, though. This is definitely not the hike for anyone who has vertigo or is not in strong hiking shape." Read more
Hiking Utah (Falcon Guides)
Bill Schneider Edited by Ann Seifert
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"A strenuous 5,000-foot climb to the top of Mount Nebo’s south summit in the Mount Nebo Wilderness. Spectacular views of northern and central Utah. Mount Nebo is a demanding trip—not recommended for hikers looking for an easy day hike. The trek can be made in a day, but you may find a two-day backpack more enjoyable. You climb 5,000 feet in about 5.5 miles. Mount Nebo is a demanding trip—not recommended for hikers looking for an easy day hike.The trek can be made in a day, but you may find a two-day backpack more enjoyable. You climb 5,000 feet in about 5.5 miles. The Mount Nebo Bench Trail begins at 6,450 feet and climbs west for about 0.5 mile before swinging north on a long switchback." Read more

Mount Nebo Wilderness Trails Reviews

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Trail 8 miles one way not 5. Very steep best for 2 day trip. Beautiful! Only water around mile 5 may dry up by late august. Several good camping sites around mile 4. Tons of flowers and wildlife. Supposedly shorter route off Nebo Scenic Byway which would cut 10 miles and tons of elevation gain off trip. If you want short way
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Trail Information

Nephi
Nearby City
13
Distance
Several options
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
Best Spring through Fall
Season
5,300 feet
Trailhead Elevation
11,928 feet
Top Elevation
Uinta National Forest, Spanish Fork Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Santaquin, Payson Lakes, Birdseye, Mona, Nebp, Fountain, Gree North
Local Maps

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Dec 2018