Great, if difficult, hike. Very scenic, great views from the top, pretty area, just don't do it in the middle of the day after running a 10K race. Also leave the trail sooner rather than later on the final summit pitch, the way we went was insanely steep. And definitely hit up Santaquin as well, it's a nicer peak. Good hike, would recommend
My original plan was to bag both Loafer and Santaquin in a day but the steep snowfields on the north side made me turn around. And by around I mean back to the top of Loafer, which I had already summitted. Since I came from the cutoff route I ended up with 5300+ feet of elevation thanks to a double summit on one peak. Guess I'll be back for Santaquin
Loafer has its moments of difficulty, but its awesome and beautiful and worth the effort.
Lots of snow for Halloween. There were even cornices on top. Just walked up from the Payson Canyon road. Ask Anders for details.
#1 8-26-14 Enjoyed bagging this one following the climb to Santaquin Peak. Description of the trail was very good. IVD #2 8-4-15 W/ Brent. Came down the west shoulder and I highly recommend this route both up and down, depending upon your tastes. IVD
Hot but beautiful day in the mountains with the pups - Miko and Nala. Got Santaquin and then dropped down and ascended up to Loafer Mountain.
9/10/2013 Climbed Loafer and Santaquin. Very windy, stormy, cold conditions once at the ridgeline. From about 9500 feet on up I was hiking in very thick clouds with visibility ranging from 2 feet to 20 feet. Even with no views what so ever it was a great hike.
April 7, 2012. Took the NW ridge of Santaquin peak up from Woodland hills. It took us 5.5 hours to reach Santaquin Peak, then 1 hour to Loafer Peak. Descent time was 2.25 hours via the right fork of Maple Canyon. On this map http://tinyurl.com/88lp8b9 we followed A-C to peak 1, C-E to peak 2, and E-G back to A for the descent.
Did this peak on Halloween. There was plenty of snow on top, but it was worth it. Thanks Loafer. I have now climbed this mountain 3 times. Woot!
Went up the Loafer Mountain Ridge trail to the summit of Loafer. Took me 2 hours and 03 mins to go the 5.5 miles to the top. Was gonna descend the ridge and go down the trail that led down the canyon. But wanted to do Santaquin Peak too. So I headed up Santaquin. And then when I got back to the saddle, I took trail 122 across the face of Loafer and went down the trail that led down the canyon to check out that route. It was steep and pretty, and would be a nice way to go up and more direct. But there is an additional 650 feet you have to regain on the way back where the trail merges at the corral. The other way wasn't much shorter but added some big elevation gain. I wouldn't go that way in the future. I'd stick with the Loafer Mountain Ridge up and down, especially if you're going to do Santaquin.
Hiked via Loafer Mtn trail. Followed good trail to Santaquin Pk summit and then hit summit of Loafer on return.
This was the last of "The 7 Peaks" for me! I was really surprised by the well maintained trail (until the scramble). Very runnable and quite fun although don't be fooled by the 3,000ft of vertical, the undulations make it more like 4,000 and it's surprisingly long. It was very foggy and we did Santaquin first then scrambled up the back side---the fog was so thick at the summit that we got within 15 feet of a dozen Mountain goats (huddled around the summit rocks) before we saw each other---needless to say they scurried off in a hurry while we grabbed pictures of them. We HAMMERED the descent in less than an hour. We were 1:33 to the top of Santaquin and then another 30 minutes between there and Loafer Summit---keep in mind we were running.
Last peak of the day. Also did Bald Mt, 10421, Twin Knolls, and Santaquin. The day started out merely gloomy, but by the time I got over here the weather was down right nasty. The wind was very strong and blew the fog around and it was surreal to see peaks appear for just a few seconds at a time. I enjoyed the hike even though the weather was bad and would gladly redo Santaquin and Loafer some other time.
Still quite a bit of snow near the top which made for a fun ascent and even better glissade down! Wanted to hit Santaquin as well, but wasn't ready for the traverse across steep snow fields on the north face of Loafer.
Did this along with Spanish Fork peak. Did SF first then headed up this guy. Beautiful weather made for a great day out.
My wife and I climbed this on the same hike as Santiquin (we camped on top of Santiquin though it isn't a great campsite). We came up the old Mud Hollow route because we were unaware of the new trail up the mountain.
Following the Loafer Mtn trail to its conclusion, I found myself atop Santaquin Peak. I mentioned to SP member Spengy that I was happy to get Loafer Mountain done and he explained that the peak we were on wasn't Loafer, it was Santaquin. Doh. He pointed back to the south and said "that's Loafer". So, I dutifully made my way back to the saddle between the two peaks and made my way cross country up to the highest point of Loafer. I spooked a couple huge deer that were hiding from hunters and ended up walking the full ridgeline to make sure I hit the highest spot. A very hazy day but a great hike that I could recommend easily.