Nebo Trail Run
Beautiful day with wonderful hiking companions.
by north route
Went up this route and down Andrew's ridge
I was glad to have found and used this route since it is shorter than the one I had previously intended on using, and it was a pleasant hike, but it was not Class 3, not even Class 2+ in my opinion. I never used my hands at all. There was one very narrow, somewhat exposed section on the ridge near the summit, but exposure does not make the grade, and it was still hiking.
Anyway, I say this to anyone leery of a Class 3 route-- there is a bit of exposure, but this is not a scramble unless you try to make it so.
Didn't know what to expect but the hike was not bad at all.
but I haven't taken the other routes.
Shared the summit with one other hiker.
hiked from the dirt parking lot up to north peak, then down to wolf pass and up to the summit of North Nebo. Saw ~20 people on the trail, saw even more people over on the south summit. really pretty, the aspens are just barely starting to turn color - probably 50 trees total i saw that were starting to turn. 3.5 up, 3 down.
My 11 year old son and I summitted by this North Route. Directions to the trailhead are spot on. We got started early due to a forecast of thunderstorms in the area, reached the summit by 10 am, not quite 3 hours to summit. The weather held. The trail is a good trail, relatively flat for the first half, including a nice contour-traverse around North Peak to Wolf Pass. From there it is steep ridge walking, with a couple of dicey spots, and slow going in places, but nothing too bad. Views from the top are amazing. We had the whole mountain to ourselves, never saw another soul.
I went with some friends on a saturday. We finally got to the trailhead around noon, and they weren't real gung-ho about hiking the whole thing anyways, so we just did the North Peak.
Trail was not very difficult. It was very windy though.
There were more people than I expected on this route, but it was still a great climb and a beautiful day. Better trail than I expected as well.
I couldn't believe the amount of traffic that was on this route. Maybe the high volume was due to the fact that it was Labor Day, but it was a surprise to see at least 20 people on the trail.
Quit steep, but overall not an overly strenuous climb. At a moderate pace the peak can be reached in 3.5 hours. Great views. Less physically challenging then the South Peak via Andrew's Ridge.
When we reached the peak, me bumped into ridgegirl, and we made a quick video, see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Heptm6Jxb4
The Uinta National Forest website has a great map in pdf format that shows the trail. See http://www.fs.fed.us/r4/uinta/recreation/trails/sf/089_northpeak/tr089_northpeak.pdf
With a massive low pressure system grinding toward Utah, the weather was questionable. Ladd and I left the TH just before 8 a.m. and reached the summit at 11:15, having negotiated many portions of the trail through 4"-5" or more of snow. Very breezy. Got out of Dodge just in time, and the final hour of the hike was accomplished in a driving rain. At least it was a "warm" rain! The fall colors east of Mt. Nebo were breathtaking.