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Bruce ChristensenLoafer Mountain traverse from Maple Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 27, 2007

Bruce Christensen

Climbed with my friend Kent on a beautiful, sunny Friday. Nebo Loop road was closed at Maple Lake campground, so we started there and followed the Loafer Mountain ridge all the way east until we got to the cirque between Santaquin and Loafer. We traversed the cirque to the col between Loafer and Santaquin, and then followed Santaquin's southeast ridge to the summit.

We left the campground at 5:30 am and got back just before dark (around 8:00 pm). Distance: 11 miles; car-to-car time: 5:30 am to 8:15 pm (14.75 hours); elevation gain: about 5500 feet.

See my trip report for more details.
Posted May 15, 2007 11:29 am

Bruce ChristensenUnsuccessful Mud Hollow attempt
Date Climbed: Nov 22, 2006

Bruce Christensen

Started from Payson Lakes area and took the Mud Hollow route. We made it to the saddle that overlooks Loafer Canyon, and then started traversing north in the Loafer-Santaquin cirque. The snow was pretty deep from a recent storm, and we didn't have snow shoes. After hip-wading through snow for a while we reached our turnaround time and had to go back.

Santaquin is a deceiving peak because you can see the summit right across the canyon, but the traverse takes a lot longer than you'd expect. I took snowshoes the next time and made it successfully.
Posted May 15, 2007 11:27 am

LonePeakFreakEnjoyable Hike  Sucess!


Will do it again someday. Chances are good you'll have it all to yourself.
Posted Apr 27, 2007 2:00 pm

rockhop23Santaquin Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 29, 2006


Fantastic Hike. One of the best in Utah Valley. Saw a 7 foot bear at the 4 mile mark. There was a section of about 3/4 of a mile in which I had to hike through a foot of snow.
Posted Oct 5, 2006 2:19 pm

dandrewLoafer Mt Trail--July 2005  Sucess!


We hiked to the top of Loafer Mt., but there was too much snow blocking the trail over to Santaquin Peak. The views from Loafer's summit of Nebo, Payson Lakes, Sanpete Valley are great, but couldn't see too much of Utah Valley. Trail was good, but there seemed to be very little elevation gain the first few miles. Enjoyed the scenery and the solitude. We climbed on a Saturday in July, but didn't have any company on the mountain. One weird thing--someone had taken a plastic lawn chair most of the way up and left it there.
Posted Sep 12, 2006 5:21 pm

Tracyroute climbed: Mud Hollow  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 6, 1987


I climbed this one with Scott Towsey. My wife, Lori, hiked with us to the halfway point and then waited there for us on the way down. Nice view from the summit. On the way down, we found someone's camera. It had their name on it. So, after taking a picture of Scott hanging upside down in a tree, we looked the name up in the phone book and delivered the camera to their house.
Posted Apr 6, 2006 5:48 am

rockhop23Route Climbed: Loafer Mtn Trail Date Climbed: May 26, 2001  Sucess!


Actually summitted Loafer and not Santaquin. The route between the 2 peaks was 6 feet deep and soft. Since I didn't have skiis or snowshoes, I was post holing up to my chest. I would advise waiting until late summer. Cool views back to the South.
Posted Oct 8, 2005 9:24 pm

John StyrnolRoute Climbed: Loafer Mountain Trail Date Climbed: May 03  Sucess!

John Styrnol

This was a long hike, but very nice. Plenty of great views Payson Lake, Utah Lake.
Posted Aug 11, 2005 7:31 pm

ScottRoute Climbed: Mud Hollow Date Climbed: July 4, 1996  Sucess!


Last time I was there was July 4, 1996. My wife and I camped on the rocky summit to see fireworks in the valley below. There was a strong thunderstorm during the early part of the night with microburst winds that tore the tent apart. The t-storms were not in the forecast, and there's no way we would have camped on top of an exposed summit, had we expected t-storms.
Posted Dec 17, 2004 10:52 am

MrWasatchRoute Climbed: via Payson Lakes, West Ridge Date Climbed: September 5, 1999  Sucess!


This is a long, pleasant, under-rated hike.
Posted Dec 17, 2004 12:10 am

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