Tuesday, June 30, 2015

{Hiking Utah} Mount Nebo, North Summit

Summiting Mount Nebo has been on my list of hikes for a while now. Last week Heinz and I got up at the crack of dawn (really around 3:30 am), made a quick breakfast, grabbed our gear and jumped in the car heading south of SLC towards the small town of Payson, UT. Once in Payson we hooked up with the Mt. Nebo Scenic byway road that lead us to the trail head at roughly 9,000 ft. The scenic byway is beautiful and I hope to get out there again to explore more of this area. 

The trail is a gradual climb at first that winds up and around the northern end of the Mt. Nebo range and traverses the mountain side that takes you to Wolf Pass. Once at Wolf Pass it's an all up "stair-mill" climb to the false summit but not to worry because the true northern peak is not far away. The ridge hiking is awesome with beautiful views to the east and west. 

This was such an awesome hike and a great one for training at elevation. With the northern summit of Mt. Nebo hovering at 11,900 ft., it is the tallest peak in Utah county. I am so excited to finally check this one off the list. Now on to the next adventure.

Mt. Nebo the far right peak - our destination.

View from Wolf Pass

On the ridge getting higher.

On top of the false summit - almost there. Shot by Heinz

Really cool rock slabs.

Heinz heading up to the summit.

A look back at the ridge we just hiked on.

Shot by Heinz

Hanging out on the peak - the whole place to ourselves.

A view of the Mount Nebo range from the scenic byway road.

Happy Trekkin'!