Ascent of Mount Nebo on 2013-07-18

Climber: Rob Woodall

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Thursday, July 18, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Nebo
    Elevation:11928 ft / 3635 m

Ascent Trip Report

Driving south after my morning ascent of Mount Timpanogos, I approached the trailhead from the north, leaving the I-10 at junction 244, driving west a short way through Santaquin (food is OK at Hot Rod diner, as is the wifi), then turning L (south) off the 6 at N39.97561 W111.78530. The road passes through Santaquin Canyon, paved until N39.90143 W111.72736 then good gravel until turning R on the paved road, signposted Nephi. This is a nice drive, particularly through the canyon, but slow driving and it is perhaps more efficient to approach via Nephi.

For trailhead I turn R at N39.84367 W111.71993 (Monument trailhead) and immediately R, sign Mona Pole Road, short gravel road to trailhead N39.84845 W111.72220, 2816m with signboard and space for a few vehicles.

Next morning hike at 7 a.m., follow trail #089 beside fence, over a minor bump then a more significant hill (which I GPS on the way back, N39.85171 W111.73713, 2937m, P52m, stony summit). Trail in and out of woodland, welcome shade. Bypasses North peak, crossing its west face: Nebo looks unassailable from here: hard to believe it's mostly YDS 1. Easily up to foresummit (my legs seem to have recovered from the Kings Peak day hike 2 days ago), then nice arete, with several trails on its west face. Beyond saddle, fairly continuous trail on final climb to Nebo, although I didn't manage to find a continuous YDS 1 route without including a few short sections of YSD 2+ or 3.

Summit (N39.82189 W111.76042, 3636m) has a tiny cairn and register. I was tempted to continue south to the next peak, but decided against, and headed down after 20 minutes.

On the descent to Wolf Pass I meet a man with a young lad in front of him. The lad is really pushing hard - this old guy descending doesn't even get an acknowledgment!

I go over North Peak on the way back - very nice. Its northernmost summit (N39.83850 W111.74964, 3407m, tiny cairn) is highest. Once back on the main trail I trot easily down the mostly smooth surface. There's a lovely range of plants, butterflies and a few birds along the route.

I'm down in just under 2 hours. After some food I head east, via Nephi then I-15, 50, I-70 and 191, to see if I can manage a Mount Peale ascent this evening.

Th 0700, summit 0902-0922, th 1015
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4001 ft / 1218 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4001 ft / 1218 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.6 mi / 13.8 km
    Grade/Class:YDS 2+ (1)
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3181 ft / 969 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2689 ft / 819 m; Extra: 492 ft / 149m
    Loss on way in:492 ft / 149 m
    Distance:4.3 mi / 6.9 km
    Start Trailhead:9239 ft / 2816 m
    Time:2 Hours 2 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3509 ft / 1069 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2689 ft / 819 m; Extra: 820 ft / 249m
    Gain on way out:820 ft / 249 m
    Distance:4.3 mi / 6.9 km
    End Trailhead:9239 ft / 2816 m
    Time:1 Hours 43 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Rob Woodall
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