Explore the most popular dog friendly trails near Santaquin with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Loved this trail. Unfortunately it burned in sept of 2018. who knows when someone will go and replace all the wood bridges. Even if they did it will be a very sad sight for a while.

Hiked on Wednesday evening, Sept 12, 2018. Wildfires were active in the Nebo area but this was trail open. Follows a creek for a few hundred feet then veering uphill through woods. Appears to have good shade cover for most of trail up to intersect with Loafer mtn trail. Pretty mix of scrub oak, aspens and evergreens. Really worn trail with moderate slopes and a few steeper areas that have switchbacks. Appears to have lots of mountain bikers on this trail.

Not for the faint of heart but once you come down from the summit and look back it is exhilarating and satisfying to know that you made it! We had to keep encouraging each other to get through the sketchy parts but finally made it and had the summit all to ourselves for lunch. Stay on the ridge near the top as described earlier. Took us 6.5 hours total. 4.5 hours up and 2 hours down (with some running). Highly recommended!

Beautiful hike. Not much water this time of year. Want to do this in the spring.

Literally finished this hike 3 hours ago. It’s a beast but worth it. The hardest portion is the false summit and Nebo itself as you are dealing with shell rock and scrambling up Nebo. My buddy and I finished in 5 hours and 15 minutes. 3 hours up and 2 hours and 15 minutes. Going down is just as hard as it is steep and lots of loose rock. Bring plenty of fluids and write your name in the book inside the jar on the summit!!!

This hike is tough with steep and sustained climbs and a fair amount of scrambling and ridgeline traverses but is also full of beautiful, even breathtaking vistas throughout. While reaching the summit is by far the hardest, this trail will work you out in both directions. Lots of big game animal sightings and more to view and take in there and back again. Plan on at least several hours for the round trip. And do take all the water you'll need -- there are no sources from which to filter along the way.

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1 month ago

Very beautiful hike. easy to fallow the trail. kind of hard to hike from false peak to actual peak ( just stay on the top ridge).

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1 month ago

Fun little trail with the kids. Loose cows on the trail, so watch for the cow pies. I was surprised at the amount of liter on the trail. Packed out what we could. Beautiful area and easy hike.

Just a quick walk but a beautiful little spot.

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1 month ago

Don't be scared away by some of the other reviews! This is a great hike. Yes, it does have some steeper, more technical sections. Parts of it are more difficult than anything you would see on Timp, but overall I would say it's less difficult than Timp and much shorter. On the other hand, it's significantly easier than Provo Peak hiked from the valley. The steep section is maybe half of Provo Peak's ascent. The view from the top is amazing and hiking along the ridge can be pretty fun!

As many people have said, stay on the ridge. There are two false peaks. The first one is after Wolf Pass (just after hiking around the side of North Peak). The ascent here is the most strenuous. The second false peak is right before Nebo. Near the top of each of these, there are many paths leading off to the left. These are especially deceiving because the actual trail can be difficult to see when looking up from below. These other paths are not the trail and are much more difficult and even dangerous. For both false peaks, you want to go straight over the top of the peak. You can see in my recording that on the ascent we went off to the left for both peaks, which didn't turn out well. Try to follow the path we took on the descent, just straight over the peaks.

We summited in just under 2.5 hours, with maybe 10 minutes of breaks included in that. After about 20 minutes on the summit, we made it down in about 1.5 hours with a bit of trail running.

It's very easy hike. My two year old loved every minute of it. It's pretty and we loved the water fall.

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1 month ago

July 24, 2018. This hike deserves the 'hard' rating. It's long and steep, but does have unique and beautiful views down onto the Payson Lakes area, Mt Nebo, and towards Mt. Pleasant/Moroni valley. It's well marked and clearly used by others. Some moderate overgrowth of trees/shrubs onto the trail through some of the lower areas. Moderate inclines for first couple miles with decent shade cover. Then you hit a grueling incline over dusty and gravely/shale trail while fully exposed to the west (afternoon sun) for about 1 to 1.5 miles. I started this hike at 11am and regretted not getting an earlier/cooler hike. Both up and down were very exposed to sun for most of the hike beyond the first couple miles. You'll reach the first ridge in a saddle atop the mountain and have partial views down into Utah Valley. From this point there's still a few miles to reach Loafer Mtn or Santaquin Peak. That really steep portion to this saddle is followed by long moderate inclines across scenic grass covered alpine meadows/slopes, then further up into a very pretty alpine forest just below Loafer Mtn's peak where you can see views down towards Spanish Fork canyon. Then there's about one more mile across open rocky trail to the top of Santaquin Peak. Hard to keep good footing on the way back down the really steep west-facing slope. I was just over 11 miles out & back - and was completely spent. I consider myself in average shape and was exhausted by the time I got back, but do attribute some of that to the late start and hiking throughout the afternoon heat. Except right near the trail head there's no streams or springs so come prepared with lots of water. I had used all of my 64oz hydration pack by the time I got back to the trail head. Although it has beautiful views I think it will be a 'been there, done that' trail. I don't know that I'll plan to hike it again soon.

Short and sweet! There are a lot of bridges to help you along the way and make it easier for your kids.

Amazing Views! Strenous, but well worth it! The tallest mountain in the Wasatch Range! Amazing flowers in August! :-)

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1 month ago

Awesome hike but very strenuous. Bring lots of snacks and protein bars. And at least a 3 or 4 liters of water. Very beautiful but has steep climbs and two false summits. It's dog friendly but don't bring older/senior dogs.

I cannot add anything new than what has already been said in these reviews. I will reiterate and stress these points though.

1- It is very steep when ascending the false peaks. As someone who’s hiked Timp many times I can say that this was much more difficult. Be self aware of your conditioning and be prepared for some thigh busting, lung burning action here!

2- Take LOTS of water! You will need it no joke.

3- Bring a wind jacket. The top is super windy and chills you pretty good after you’re all sweaty.

I probably won’t be doing this bad boy again anytime soon. But I don’t regret doing it either. Great views and feels awesome after your done!

Took us 4 hours to go up, 2.5 going back down. We were a young group in our mid 20s and went a steady pace with only a handful of short breaks. Try some yells at the first summit, it will echo like crazy!!!! This was a tough hike that kicked our butts by the time we got back to the car but it was challenging and fun on the way up!

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1 month ago

This is one of my favorite hikes, if you live in the area it’s especially fun to be able to see all the way into Nephi, Utah county Payson Lakes and even into Birdseye and Fairview. The hike is beautiful the whole way and you’re almost always in shade unless you get to an area that opens into a beautiful view. I’d highly recommend this, even to people who aren’t experienced hikers, it would be challenging but do-able.

Great in the fall during the Nebo loop.

Always a beautiful, short hike along water. The grotto is easy to access too. Good for young children

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1 month ago

This was a perfect little hike for my 2 and 4 year olds. I thought it was a little too short for me but was fun to do. Beautiful along the trail. We had the waterfall to ourselves at around 9:30 am but close to 10 it started getting pretty crowded (for a week day too).

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2 months ago

Nebo North is a great hike. You get fantastic views almost the entire trail. The first 1.5-2 miles is fairly easy. After that there are a couple really steep sections. The first climbs up to the first false summit. From there you traverse over to the bottom of the second false summit. The climb to the top of that is steep and loose. Make sure you stay on the trail. It's much easier. The trail on the way up the second false summit tends to run straight up the middle of the mountain or maybe a bit to the right. Don't veer left. Once on top of that summit, the trail typically is on the north side of the saddle. Stay on that and you'll have the easiest final climb to the top.

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2 months ago

Hiked with my 5 year old granddaughter and her mother....we all had a great time .... I received much instruction from my granddaughter. Only two people met on trail. Hiked at 8:00 in morning back home by ten

She’s a steep one. There’s a few cute chipmunks at the top, get ready for a climb tho.

The steep is real, be ready for your legs to melt underneath you en route to the final “scramble” - at which point you’ll have to shift into maximum overdrive and push for the summit. Absolutely worth the hard work, the view from the top is unreal.

Easy, short, family friendly and fun, but usually extremely busy with lots of people.

Very pretty, fun little hike it can be crowded though.

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2 months ago

The trail on its own is a great introduction for inexperienced hikers. My 5 year old son could accomplish the trail without needing any assistance or requiring a break. It has a few log bridges that cross the waterfall's stream that kids enjoy. The stream's size fluctuates depending on the run-off, but I have never seen it go above ankle deep.

This trail seems to attract a big crowd. plan accordingly around peak times or you maybe disappointed.

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2 months ago

The easiest hike I’ve done it is short and so pretty with all the pine trees around. The water fall is small but a really nice place to go . I recommend it to go really early in the morning so you can enjoy the place to yourself.

After reading all the comments, we decided to drive out to Nebo and see what all the rage was about. For reference, we are pretty experienced hikers, one of us coming from LA and the other from Providence, RI (so both at sea level with about a week of acclimation in Park City at ~7000ft).

The first part of the hike was beautiful. The hills were a little less gentle than some commenters have suggested, especially with the altitude (for all you out of towners), but it was nothing serious. The wildflowers were beautiful.

The hike began to get real when we hit the first significant climb. You walk into a big valley and see a notch extending through the center with tall trees going up either side. Here, you cross the notch from left to right and begin to climb. We estimate we gained about 700-800 feet in this section in less than a mile. It is steep and the trail is loose, dusty dirt. However, we both felt comfortable and at the top of the climb, felt like it was manageable and felt ready to keep going.

After this, you gain a ridge line and walk along a gently rolling path until you arrive at the base of the false summit. In the 1/2 mile leading up to this, you can see both Nebo and the false summit on the right and left respectively. The route to the false summit is another significant climb, perhaps gaining another 800 feet in about a mile of hiking. Once you get to the top of the false summit, it is a good time to take a little break and begin to plan your attempt at the peak.

The final stage of the hike is very different from the first part. You walk along a tight, loose, rocky ridge above tree line. The path is not clearly demarcated and it is up to you to choose the path of least resistance. The ridge line is narrow and the drop off on either side is steep. My best advice, after completing the hike today (which others also suggest), is to stay as close to the top of the ridge as possible. Paths diverging to the left and right side can look inviting, however, many of these paths begin to drift off into loose shale and scree. While it can be intimidating to walk on top of a narrow, rocky ridge, you will find the path of least resistance here over and over again.

The final push to the summit is scrappy and includes some scrambling. It's a good idea to test rocks with your hand/foot before trusting them. The things that look like paths are not always a good indicator of the best route -- we found that doing some class 4 or perhaps very easy class 5 scrambling/climbing made our lives a lot easier because we were able to feel secure with what we were holding and standing on.

The route down from the summit requires patience. As is often the case, it is slow going when you head down on a hike like this. Keep a cool head and, again, follow the ridge as much as possible. After you hit the top of the false summit, the rest of the hike flies by.

Our total time was 5 hours 50 minutes, 3:20 on the way up and 2:30 on the way down. This excludes a 20 minute pit stop we took on the peak to admire the views.

In general, I would consider this a stout hike, but nothing terribly difficult. The real difficulty in this one lies in the mental game. It is significantly exposed and requires some confident scrambling. If you haven't done something above tree line before, get nervous seeing steep drop offs/on ridge lines, or you aren't fully acclimated to the altitude, I would be cautious and think about something less intense. If, on the other hand, you are in decent shape, don't get easily intimidated by heights, and feel confident in your ability to securely place your hands and feet at ~12,000 feet, go for it! It's really not so bad and offers BEAUTIFUL 360 views of the territory below. The hike itself is also really fun, challenging, and offers a wide array of different experiences and a lot of elevation gain in an afternoon.

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