Mount Nebo North Trail

HARD 74 reviews

Mount Nebo North Trail is a 8.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Santaquin, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
8.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3809 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

scramble

Northern route to Mt. Nebo's highest peak. Mt. Nebo at 11928 feet is the highest, and southernmost peak in the Wasatch Range. It is a mountain of three main peaks. The first three and a half miles of the hike are easy with only about 1400 feet of elevation gain. Hike through beautiful grassy meadows accentuated by white fur and quaking aspens. The final leg of the hike is the toughest with 1300 feet gained in three quarters of a mile scrambling up loose shale and black lime stone. This hike is a steep one but it is definitely worth it - the views are spectacular. Nebo is an excellent hike for anyone who likes to bag high peaks and get away from the crowds of closer more frequented peaks. There are two ore more routes one can take to the summits of Nebo. From the bench trail you can climb directly to wolf pass then to the north summit or travel further south and up to the south peak.

trail running
3 days ago

Favorite Peak of the year! We were grateful to have our poles and traction for the ascent and descent from the valley before going up to the peak. It was a great trail from start to finish and enjoyable to run. - Side note: do not start this trail at the paved trailhead. Be sure to head right on the jeep road about a half mile for the actual trailhead

17 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

great hike. definitely not as hard as some people have made it out to be. if you're used to hiking peaks this one won't be bad at all. if you go in October, take hunting orange if you go after the hunt has started as there will be hundreds of hunters there. also if there is any chance of snow take the proper gear because it will be icy.

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

Beautiful hike. Made it to the top despite the snow. Poles and microspikes were the key this time of year!

hiking
3 months ago

Incredibly beautiful with challenging dynamic terrain. Make sure to get an early start though. It gets hot.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Challenging, even grueling at times, but worth doing - for that very reason. It was pretty hazy in all directions for us, so the views from the top could have been better. The mountain itself isn't as pretty as other mountains, e.g. Timp with its cirques, lakes, and waterfalls - there is none of that here.
I didn't even drink 3L of water, but it was under 50 degrees for most of our hike. On hotter days you would definitely need more water - there is none on the trail for filtering. No lakes, no rivers, not a trickle.
I wouldn't describe the first three and a half miles as "easy" - there are plenty of ups and downs and some of it is quite steep. But it does get particularly steep after the saddle between North Peak and the false summit, and then it's all basically loose shale between the false and true summits. As noted by other reviewers, it is particularly important to stay on or right next to the ridge on this last part of the hike. There are often two or three trails that weave around the ridge in this last section, and for the most part it doesn't matter which one you take, but there is one spot about 2/3 of the way between the false and true summits where there is clearly a well-worn trail that dips down the west face a bit - don't go that way, even though it's obvious that plenty of people have. Someone in our group got stuck there for about 20 minutes. It's all loose rock with very little to hold on to, and there is a perfectly safe trail up on the ridge.
Trekking poles might take some strain off your knees, but you don't need them to complete the hike. Just some decent footwear.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Fun, challenging hike. It is steep and offers little shade but well worth the effort. Be prepared with water, snacks, sunscreen and of course a camera.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

This was a great hike. It is very technical so a lot of my time was spent looking at where my next footstep would be. The scenery was very nice, but not quite as nice as other hikes in the area. Those two reasons combined gave it a 4 star rating. It was a very nice hike though. Plenty challenging, not too crowded, and very spectacular views at the end. I'd definitely do it again, but I still enjoy Timpanogos more because I can enjoy being in the mountains without worrying about losing my footing on every step.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

I think people expect this to be harder than it is because it's the highest in the Wasatch. The steepness getting to the false summit and difficulty navigating the ridge make this challenging for sure. Poles are essential for the false summit climb but I found them burdensome on the ridge. All the advice to "stay the ridge" means, on the ascent, there are a few paths that take you away from the ridge but still toward the summit. In general, stay on the path closest to the ridge. Sometimes it was physically easier to walk on the ridge than the path as well. Overall this was a fun little hike!

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

This hike is everything that is advertised....beautiful views and a tough grinding hike with no shade to the summit. A mountain goat decided to people watch and hung out all day just below the summit. A couple of points I'd like to emphasize:
1) I carried 4L of water and used them all and had to borrow from others in my group. Remember you aren't just losing water, you are losing electrolytes. I didn't bring any electrolytes and paid the price.
2) The rocks on the scramble to the summit are SHARP. One guy in my group cut his hand badly and we saw another hiker with a gash in his leg. Gloves are a good idea. On the ridge, if you trip or even drop a knee, your chances of getting sliced are high. Go slow.
3) The trail is STEEP with loose rocks and gravel. Chances of getting all the way down without falling are low even if you are young and sure footed. I saw plenty of 20 somethings fall on their butts. Trekking poles will help a lot.
4) Don't go out onto the rockslides, even if it looks like a trail heads that direction. Stay on the ridge. The rock slides are just on the verge of sliding down the mountain. It is a quick way down (and over a cliff), but you will not be coming back up.
5) The trail is listed as 8.7 miles...actual walking distance is probably closer to 12 miles. There are lots of tight switchbacks/scramble that may not be properly accounted for.
6) Enjoy! The vast majority of hikers we talked to (I was with teen age daughters who talk to everyone) were first timers...leading me to think that there aren't a lot of people who hike it a second time. So enjoy it while you are there.

backpacking
4 months ago

7.29.2017 | 25lb backpack | Recommend: Sunscreen, Long Pants, Trekking Poles

This was our first time exploring Mt Nebo and holy smokes it's strenuous! This isn't an exceptionally long hike but due to the elevation gain and steep peaks, it's easily an all day trip. If you're carrying a light pack or hike quickly, a 1/2 day would be sufficient. I suggest long pants for the meadow portions as the trail is narrow and lined with thick (and thorny) bushes.

Once you emerge from the brush, the ridgeline is exposed and has sweeping 360 views. The majority of our packed 6L water was consumed while on the ridge. The steepest part of the trail is summiting the false and actual peak and trekking poles were a must-have for the way down. Loose shale covers the ridges making them slippery, so a lot of people climbed up using their hands and scooched down on their butts.

The most important advice I can give is *STAY ON THE RIDGE!* Stay to the high points, follow the ridge and do not be fooled into thinking the trail goes to either side (hello cliffs)! I got my GSD and I into a life threatening situation by not following the ridge. The trail loses itself quite a few times to the peak but stay high and make it alive.

Overall, a beautiful and grandiose hike that is worth doing once! Just make sure you're prepared, seriously!

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Fun hike! Lot of wild flowers in bloom and no snow to speak of. Last mile is a real work out.