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hiking
16 days ago

Great views from ridge trail at top of 'P' Mountain and out to top of Tithing Mountain. Trail is quite rocky w/loose gravel in parts and some sections aren't much to look at - but it's the view from the top out over the valley and up Payson Canyon that make this trail worth it. A fun little hike and only 2 miles to Tithing Mountain (4 miles out and back).

Amazing views of south Utah County! West Mountain ridge trail is essentially a gravel & dirt OHV trail between the starting point at the communication towers (false summit) and the true summit to the south on West Mountain 2 where the orange summit triangle and benchmarks are placed. Clearly defined path with West Mtn 2 summit in view much of the way. Some moderately steep inclines in a few areas, both coming and going, but the majority is not steep and an easy hike. Fantastic views of south county area. No shade or water, and often breezy, so come prepared.

Closed at Maple Dell due to forest fires.

Closed at Maple Dell due to forest fires.

hiking
2 months ago

See trail description I wrote above and route map. Great 360 degree views from summit. Steep and loose shale/gravel in parts but not too long of a hike for such a great summit view.

hiking
2 months ago

Did a short walk of this trail and it's beautiful. partial shade. a great trail for bikes too. we want to come back with mountain bikes and try this trail. looks easy enough we may bring our 6 and 4 year old to try riding bikes on the trail with us. it's a beautiful time if year too. just starting to cool off and leaves will be starting to change soon!

We “hiked” the paved one mile loop around the lake and then fished. Really beautiful and not that busy, even for Labor Day. I personally think Tibble Fork Resevoir is more beautiful, but it’s also windy and sand gets blown everywhere up there. Big East Lake was quiet and not windy. Really loved it, as did my three kids!

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked Shram Creek trail on Sept 2, 2018 up to Rock Springs trail then turned east to Lizard Lake trail and back down Lizard Lake trail to start of Shram Creek. Made for a nice out and back loop. Shram Creek Trail has some beautiful mature aspen groves and a large, very scenic meadow about half way up where you can see the Amos Backbone cliffs quite well. Nice mix of evergreens and aspens. About 60-70% shade along entire route. Except for a little trickle in Shram Creek way up where it crosses Rock Springs trail, the creeks were all dry in Sept and Lizard Lake was a tiny mud hole. It appears in spring or early summer that you'll cross several streams. Shram Creek trail is well marked. The lower turn-off trail intersect from Shram Creek trail to Lizard Lake trail is not currently marked but well used and easy to follow. Lower sections of Lizard Lake trail (below the lake) are a bit steeper than Shram Creek Trail in parts therefore makes a better 'return' route if heading down-hill. There's also an upper part of the Lizard Lake trail that is marked with trail signs and connects from Nebo Loop Road down to the Rock Springs Trail, then follow Rock Springs trail east to Lizard Lake (which is really just a small pond in the spring and drys up in mid-to-late summer). If choosing between two trails that lead to about the same spot I would take Shram Creek Trail over Lizard Lake trail (in areas below the lake).

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked Shram Creek trail on Sept 2, 2018 up to Rock Springs trail then turned east to Lizard Lake trail and back down Lizard Lake trail to start of Shram Creek. Made for a nice out and back loop. Shram Creek Trail has some beautiful mature aspen groves and a large, very scenic meadow about half way up where you can see the Amos Backbone cliffs quite well. Nice mix of evergreens and aspens. About 60-70% shade along entire route. Except for a little trickle in Shram Creek way up where it crosses Rock Springs trail, the creeks were all dry in Sept and Lizard Lake was a tiny mud hole. It appears in spring or early summer that you'll cross several streams. Shram Creek trail is well marked. Lizard Lake trail is not marked but well used and easy to follow down. It did seem a bit steeper than Shram in parts. Shram is a moderately sloped, pretty trail that I will try again.

2 months ago

Easy stroll, very scenic. Didn’t get a chance to explore as much as I’d like to, so will probably return again later

hiking
2 months ago

Moderately easy, well marked trail through mostly open meadows and aspens. About 60% sun/exposed; 20% partial shade; 20% total shade. Some rough and cobbled sections but most of trail is worn dirt path. Hiked mid-day over Labor Day weekend (9/01/18) and passed about a dozen people who were hiking, mountain biking or on motorcycles. Not what I would consider over crowded for a holiday weekend given several miles of trail. Pretty aspens but not any great destination points on the trail. Its fairly easy and a quick trail to get some outdoors time in. Crosses a few tiny springs that I expect flow quite a lot more in the spring. Expect several cows.

hiking
2 months ago

We did not pay attention to where the trail head really was and we took the trail straight from the bathrooms. The actual red lake trail starts down by the lake. If you take the trail by the bathrooms, it is a very steep climb up the mountain in loose dirt. I had to literally crawl up/down sections that are above a 45° slope and still fell and slid a lot. If you try the one we did, you'll end up in the mountain saddle at a small livestock pond in a large beautiful meadow. Take the actual trail along the lake!

hiking
3 months ago

Scenic trail through aspens, pines, and meadows. Take Santaquin Canyon gravel road about 1/2 mile from Nebo Loop road to marked trail head for Rock Springs trail. Follow Rock Springs trail downslope about 1/3 mile until Kuntz Flat trail forks to the left. Some short but steep switchbacks then heads down to Kuntz Flat meadow and stream. A short ways down from the meadow the trail intersects with Sheepherder Hill trail #099. Downslope nearly the entire way to the Sheepherder trail. Moderate incline back up to starting point except a few hundred yards of steep switchbacks. Great trail!

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful, 360 degree views from the summit. Will definitely hike this route again. Only reason it's not 5 stars is due to lack of definite trail on upper section, but it was not hard to know where to go.

hiking
3 months ago

Take Rock Springs trail from gravel road about 1/3 mile. Kuntz Flat trail veers to the left (NW) and heads down hill towards a very pretty meadow and trickle of a stream. Trail continues past Kuntz Flat to intersect with Sheepherder Hill trail #099.

hiking
3 months ago

Aug. 16, 2018 - Nice, moderately sloped trail that has lots of shade and good variation in meadows, aspens, and conifers. I hiked Sheepherder about 2 miles to the intersect with another trail that headed south of the Sheepherder trail, but was unmarked. It opened up into a really pretty meadow (I later learned is called Kuntz Flat) where I turned around and headed back. If I would have continued the Kuntz Flat trail connects to the Rock Springs trail further up the hill. A couple trails intersect with Sheepherder trail and were not well marked what trails they were or where they led to. I will definitely hike this one again and hope to do the entire route. Seems more secluded and a little less used than Jones Ranch or other trails closer to the paved Nebo loop road.

hiking
3 months ago

I brought two teenagers and four kids along this trail. We started on the west end, at the end of the Santaquin Meadows dispersed camping area, and walked in 2.5 miles before turning around. The trail is very soft, but the elevation change on the west half is fairly minimal. Two of the kids were convinced they were going to die, but I thought the trail was very easy and never got winded. We did pass a few dirt bikers, but I wouldn't want to mountain bike this one - the trail is so soft that you're practically in sand the entire way and someone with my limited biking skill would get bogged down. It was a fairly easy hike though, and large sections of it were shady.

off road driving
3 months ago

Santaquin Meadows is a dirt road with dispersed camping. It leads to a trailhead marked "Sheepherder". A few hundred feet up the hill from the trailhead, the trail splits with a faint trail heading west to dry mountain, and a much more traveled trail heading right. This trail to the right is Trails 90 and 99, both of which go several miles before intersecting with Nebo Loop. Trail 90 is Sheepherder Hill, but I'm not sure the name of 99.

The recommended route on this trail is the dirt road, which is passable with a passenger vehicle. None of the trails in the area appear to be named "Santaquin Meadows", but I drove this one on the way to the trailhead so I guess I've been on it...

hiking
3 months ago

Red Lake is a destination point but not much of a lake. Over the years its filled in with reeds and in mid-to-late summer its pretty much a dried up mud hole. It's worth visiting in spring and a good hike at other times, but the lake is not as scenic.
For a longer, more challenging hike to this lake (and no parking fee) you can start at the gravel parking lot near the base of the canyon next to the natural gas station and corrals. Go through the gate at the corrals and follow the gas line trail up the hill, past Maple Dell scout camp, and continue up the steep switch-backs until the trail veers right into the trees and intersects with the Red Lake trail. Total distance from the gas substation to the lake and back is about 8 miles and 1,880 ft elevation gain.

hiking
3 months ago

August 8, 2018. AllTrails lists this as Moderate difficulty, but I would call it Easy. I was able to hike from bottom to top only taking quick breaks to snap photos along the trail; no resting to catch breath. It's about 50/50 sun vs shade with alternating sections through aspen forests and open fields/meadows. It's a very well marked trail w/ gradual incline and only one 100 yard steep section towards the top (southeast end) of the trail. AllTrails app tracked it at 2.7 miles but trail signs say 3 miles long.
There's several small creek crossings with most covered by a well constructed bridge/pathway and only a couple hops across rocks over two or three other small drainage crossings. There's one gate you have to go through and lock behind you. Looks like lots of mountain bikes and motorcycles use this trail. I have noticed on Saturday's that the parking areas on the ends are quite full. I hiked it on a Sunday afternoon and only encountered one other person on the trail. It's very powdery dirt along the trail...really dusty. Lots of cows and cow pies the entire route, but the cattle don't get too close.
The trail head at the bottom/start (north end) is well marked. If starting at the uphill side (south end) there's a sign by the road that says 'Jones Ranch' where you'll go through a flat that usually has several campers/trailers. Continue to the north end of the flat camping areas until you see the large wood sign and trail head marker.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice trail, no other people that day (a Wednesday afternoon) , just some cows. Well maintained, beautiful going through the aspens, no hard climbs. Would definitely go again

This was a nice, easy, and beautiful paved trail. It’s less of a hike and more of a leisure walk for the whole family to take in the sights and enjoy. Plenty of benches and picnic tables, so be sure to pack a lunch!

hiking
3 months ago

Easy to moderate hike. Pretty scenery. Lots of cattle, in mid-July at least.

hiking
4 months ago

Pretty walk.

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Dry Mountain is a very underused trail. You have to drive to Santaquin Meadows and turn west at the road that goes off. From there its a 1/2 mile to the gate/fence area where you can park you car. The trail itself has some growth over it but once you hit the saddles its straight up from there. During the summer there are tons of flowers and butterflies, and is the only mountain that gives you a great view of the Nebo Loop Trail's surroundings. Pretty short for such a high mountain (given the car gets you halfway up)

walking
4 months ago

A very well maintained paved walking path around the lake. The best time to be up there is in the fall. The colors are incredible. We were there on a weekday and had the lake to ourselves. The path is pretty much flat and can be done with a stroller or wheelchair.

4 months ago

Splendid little hike. A little steep at the beginning but not too bad. We ran into a lot of bikers and horse riders and not so many hikers. There were a lot of beautiful views. I would definitely do this again. YOLO

hiking
4 months ago

It was beautiful and would have been nice if we didn’t have our littles with us. I would say this hike is for 6 and up. It is a steady incline and a little long for little people. We enjoyed it nonetheless. We would go back and complete it. Never saw hikers only bikers and horses.

scenic driving
5 months ago

We drove on this scenic byway several times over this weekend. It's nice as it is not heavily traveled, and free to enter from both ends. There are some nice overlooks and many hiking trails. There are several more trails on this drive that aren't listed here in alltrails. There are many places to camp for free as well as a few private campgrounds (pay for camping) along this route.

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