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Mount Nebo (Higher North Summit) Hike Scramble Payson Nephi Utah

Date Scrambled August 12, 2009

Nebo Group from I-15

Nebo Group from the Nebo Scenic Byway on the East side

Stretch of the Nebo Scenic Byway - minimal guardrails

Trail head with washroom, well pit toilet actually

Take this road as you enter the Monument trailhead for the North Peak trailhead

North Peak and Nebo North Summit trail head

Looking back to the trail head from the top of the small hill

Cool looking tree!

Trail follows fence line up the next hill

View of North Peak and the ascent drainage in the center of the photo

A closer view of North Peak left of center and the ascent drainage right of center

The route on a good trail from the bottom of the drainage

Nearing the top of the ridge north of North Peak

At the ridge top with North Peak on the left and Pt 11,440 and Mt Nebo North Summit on the right

Looking back down the drainage from the ridge top

The trail soon splits right to traverse the west side of North Peak

Looking back at the traverse

A view of the North Peak traverse down to Wolf Pass from the top of Pt 11,440

Our objective looms larger, Pt 11,440 and Mt Nebo North Summit behind

Wolf Pass and Pt 11,440

Wolf Pass

Route up Pt 11,440 big patch of blue wild flowers on the lower slopes

View of upper trail on Pt 11,440

Looking back down to Wolf Pass from the top of Pt 11,440

Looking forward from the top of Pt 11,440

Along the ridge, getting closer

Looking back at a side traverse to skirt a gendarme on the ridge

Another spot which require some route finding and hands down

The last part getting looser and less defined

Hands down part on the NE side of the false summit

Finally the true summit in full view from the false summit point, a short walk from here

View to the West, things look pretty small from 11,928 feet

View to the North

View to the NE

The summit register with slightly lower Nebo South Peak in the background

Yours truly with all the uphill work completed

Al heads home!

Be careful here, the loose dicey stuff from the top of the false summit

A large herd of elk fleeing from something? Bear, mountain lion, Allan?

I waited for about 15 min at this point making some noise not being sure

what spooked them.

Mount Nebo (Higher North Summit)  Hike Scramble Payson Nephi Utah

Date Scrambled August 12, 2009

Scramble: Class 2 + Steep Hiking, some hands down near the top, dry conditions only

Altitude: 3,637m (11,928 ft)

Elevation Gain: approx 1,158m (approx 3,800 ft given the ups and down of the trail)

Ascent Time: 3 4 Hours

Best Season to Scramble: Mid-July to Sept


This scramble is the highest peak in the Wasatch at 11,928ft. It is a rugged ridge scramble which many experienced scramblers will enjoy.

Getting There

From the I-15 take the Payson exit 250 and head east through town until you hit 100 North. Go left here until you hit 600 East, take a right here and you should be on the Nebo Scenic Byway. Drive this scenic windy road for approx 24 miles and turn right into the Monument Trailhead (washroom here). Immediately as you turn in is the dirt road called the Mona Pole Road. Follow this for approx .4 miles and the trailhead is an open area just after you cross a cattle guard. The road continues on but stop here. Just after the cattle guard to your left you will see the start of the trail along the fence heading up a small hill. The trail head is at 9,020 feet.

Route Description

Head up the hill along the fence. In the far distance you can see the drainage that will take you to the low ridge point just north of North Peak. Do not confuse North Peak with Mt Nebo North Summit as they are 2 separate peaks as the pictures indicate. The trail along the fence has a bit of up and down through stand of trees, then the trail leaves the fence line and zig zags through the trees to take you to the base of the ascent drainage in the pictures. As you enter the bottom of the ascent drainage the trail is on the left side a short ways then abruptly crosses the drainage onto the right side and you ascend to the ridge point from there. From the ridge point (10,540 feet) you head left or south on the trail to go up North Peak but only part way up the trail for the traverse on the west side of North Peak splits off to the right. Take this trail and traverse the west side of North Peak eventually dropping down to Wolf Pass. As you traverse, Pt 11,440 and Mt Nebo North Summit loom into view. It looks like a long ways yet to go and a bit intimidating. Once at Wolf Pass, continue on the trail up Pt 11,440 where you view the final ridge traverse up to Mt Nebo North Summit. The point you see here is actually a false summit but the true summit is only a few feet higher and only a minute beyond the point you see.

From Pt 11,440 you stay mostly on the ridge crest until just below the false summit where you traverse for a bit on the NE side of the slope then a bit of hands down scrambling to the top of the false summit point. There are some points on the ridge where you have to search around for the easiest route so be careful to take your time and do that. Once at the top of the false summit the North Summit come to view and the black metal summit register. In the distance you can see the slightly lower South Summit. Unfortunately the metal summit register is now loosely lying on the top and knowing human nature it is likely only a matter of time until it is thrown off the mountain. Carefully return the way you came especially the first 100 feet or so down from the false summit area, watch your steps.