Santaquin Peak is two feet lower than it’s neighbor Loafer Mountain, but because it is north of Loafer, it is the prominent peak from most of Utah County, and it is a much more angular, aesthetically pleasing peak than Loafer. If you must have the higher peak, Loafer can easily be added in the same trip.
Santaquin and Loafer sit in the Mt. Nebo Wilderness area, and compared to Nebo see relatively few ascents. Both peaks can be climbed via class 1 hiking trails. Views into the Nebo Wilderness are outstanding from the slopes.
Take I-15 exit 250. Take a left at 100 North, then turn right at 600 East (Peteetneet Boulevard) and follow it into Payson Canyon on the Nebo Scenic Loop Road. The primary trailhead is just before Payson Lakes (if coming from the north) and a small sign along the road says "Loafer Mountain Trail".
No major obstacles or fees unless camping at Payson Lakes, a very popular area.
When To Climb
June – October most years. Expect lingering snowfields early in the season on north or east facing slopes.
There are many official campsites along the Nebo Scenic Loop in Uinta National Forest. You will need to make reservations to stay at these.
Visit www.ksl.com for weather conditions and cameras from the Wasatch mountains.
lanep.org Trip Reports for numerous Wasatch, Utah County peaks.