North RidgeOn July 6th, 2006 I climbed nearby Flat Top Mountain and then drove over to the Nebo Loop Road and found the trailhead for the northern approach for climbing Mt. Nebo. This Trip Report is a boring, summertime, safe, non hazardous, no 1,000ft falls report that should give others an appreciation for climbing this beautiful mountain.
This was going to be my 8th hike in 8 days. I found the directions to the trailhead to be spot on and I arrived there in the early evening of Thursday, July 6th. Elevation of the trailhead is about 9,200 ft and it felt nice and cool. I had dinner and prepared my gear for the hike the next morning. I have become very proficient at dirtbag car camping at the trailhead, so that is what I did for Thursday night.
Friday morning dawned beautifully clear and it didn’t take me long to get ready and heading up the trail to Mt. Nebo. The trail is easy to follow as it climbs the first little hill and I had a wonderful view of the morning sun on Mt. Nebo. The trail meanders around heading generally west with some ups and downs as it makes its way over to the south ridge of Mt. Nebo. The area is beautiful with green grass and beautiful wildflowers all around. The miles passed quickly and soon I was going up a little ridge that still had some snow. On top this ridge I was at about 10,000 ft and North Peak was right in front of me. I was out of the trees now and I was enjoying walking along and admiring the wildflowers.
The trail passed on the west side of North Peak and then descended down to Wolf Pass. It looked steep on the other side of the pass. I kept going trying to stay on the trail but occasionally I would have to bypass a patch of snow so I left the trail and found a way around the side. The snow was relatively hard and I wouldn’t want to slide down one of these patches. It is quite a ways up the subpeak that is between Wolf Pass and Mt. Nebo, but I finally got up on top of that obstacle at about 11,400 ft.
Now I had to cross a ridge that looked a little intimidating to get to the flank of Mt. Nebo itself. The trail along the ridgeline is very braided because climbers have tried every imaginable route across. Some of the route involved climbing up and some of it involved down climbing. Overall the trail seemed to stay on the west side of the ridge, but I did cross to the east side a couple times too. It is a fun rock scrambling passage before you get all the way across. I took my time and just had fun with the experience. I don’t remember any death defying moves, but if the ridge was covered in ice or snow it would be another story altogether.
Once onto the north flank of Mt. Nebo, it was a simple task to find a path to the summit. It was a gloriously clear day with expansive views in all directions. Here I was in complete solitude enjoying this beautiful area. There is a rather unique enclosure for the register on the summit and I was glad I didn’t have to lug it up this hill.
I took the retraced my steps on the return to my truck and enjoyed the solitude. The total hike was about 10 miles and took just under 6 hours. I think the total elevation gain was about 3,900 ft with all the ups and downs. My next objective will be Mt. Timpanogos to the north.