Santaquin Peak Climber's Log

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dandrew - Sep 29, 2021 7:34 pm Date Climbed: Sep 11, 2021

Great Early Fall Dayhike  Sucess!

Cool morning. Early Fall colors. Elk bugeling. Rain squall came in while on the summit so had to quickly make my way down. Found a few random beer cans far up the trail. I hate idiots who litter!


utahjimk - Sep 30, 2020 5:10 pm Date Climbed: Sep 30, 2020

via Loafer Mountain trail  Sucess!

with Dennis. Fine weather, but much of trail powdery-dry, very dusty after long dry spell. Also ascended Loafer Mountain. (2) 13 June 2021 with WMC group.


Outdoorpartner - Aug 3, 2019 8:24 pm Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2019

Trail is CLOSED

This needs to be updated that the Loafer Mtn trail is closed indefinitely due to tree fall from Oct 18 fires


Clubbox42 - Dec 22, 2018 8:00 pm Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2018

Santaquin ('18)  Sucess!

See my Loafer report for more details. I will say that I liked Santaquin better than Loafer though, the final ascent on Loafer is pretty grueling, at least the way we went, plus there was a log and a flag on Santaquin and there were no trees to obstruct the views. Good hike, would recommend


LazyJSkwires - Sep 18, 2017 8:38 pm Date Climbed: Sep 17, 2017

Lonely  Sucess!

Saw one other person the entire time out on the trail. Weather was good, nice and cool and not too sunny.


AbinadiWitness - May 24, 2016 5:32 pm Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2014

Fun in the Wasatch  Sucess!



Scott - Nov 19, 2015 2:04 pm Date Climbed: Jul 4, 1996

Santaquin  Sucess!

My wife and I camped on the summit on July 3-4 1996. We could see some fireworks far below, but it wasn't the best campsite. The wind was so strong during a microbrust that the stove blew away!


Moogie737 - Aug 26, 2014 10:55 pm Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2014

Ideal late-summer morning  Sucess!

#1 8-26-14 Nice trail, nice breezes, nice summit. Interesting flag flying there - a commercial company's banner. Several rock shelters suggest there just might occasionally be some bad wind up there. Afterward climbed the intermediate bump between Santaquin and Loafer and bagged Loafer, too. IVD - sicher! #2 8-4-15 W/ Brent. Talk about an undulating trail... Grabbed Loafer on the return.


yadahzoemtn - Jul 5, 2014 7:33 pm Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2014

Two-fer  Sucess!

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.


PrinceOfNorway - May 27, 2014 10:54 am Date Climbed: May 26, 2014

Memorial Day Two-fer  Sucess!

I took the Loafer Mtn trail all the way to the top of Loafer. I didn't see any snow until high up on the ridge. There were still plenty of cornices left over from winter and I sat on one on the top to eat a turkey sandwich.

I had a very fun inner monologue then on whether I should attempt Santaquin or not. I put on my gaiters, crampons, and pulled out my ice axe. I began to descend down the very steep north face and wished I had skis. Instead, I traversed down through the sparse trees until I could see a straight route to glissade. The south face of Santaquin still had patches of snow, but I found the trail. From there it was a matter of interchanging snowfields and muddy trail. It finally led me to the knife-edged ridge with more cornice fun. I stuck to the trail beneath the summit where it gained the western ridge leading up to the summit. I had another turkey sandwich here. It was very important to me.

I stayed on top looking back at the steep north face of Loafer for a good half-hour. I was dreading the traverse that I meant to undertake. There was absolutely no trail when I got there and my crampons were essential. I only post-holed a little and about an hour after leaving the summit I made it back onto Loafer's western ridge and snowless trail.

I followed the Santaquin trail back to the Loafer Mtn Trail and onto the southern-ish ridge. It is one of my favorite ridges as it is usually breezy and cools you off, even though it is devoid of trees lower down. All the land between me and Nebo was a deep green, as green as it ever gets in Utah. On the way back to the car, I didn't realize how steep the trail was, and my trekking poles helped out on the loose rock.

All in all it took 8.5 hours total, including my 0.5 hour rests on both summits. It was very beautiful, and would definitely recommend.


apachedino - Oct 26, 2013 6:08 pm Date Climbed: Oct 8, 2013

Steep, but with nice upper portions.  Sucess!

The trail from the nebo loop road gets steep once you aproach the canyon and is very rocky, boots were nice for the way up and down. Last day of really warm weather up high this year as it snowed the next day. Did Loafer and then traversed over, very steep and loose to hike down to the saddle from where we did, but we did run into a herd of goats! Got within 10 yards before they took off. The views from Santaquin are much better than Loafer showing the valley relief. If you only do one, do Santaquin. The traverse over makes it more interesting than the long gully hike of Loafer.


scgrant - Sep 10, 2013 7:11 pm Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2013

Santaquin Peak  Sucess!

9/10/2013 Along with Loafer Mountain. Wasn't able to enjoy the views as from about 9500 feet on up I was hiking in very thick clouds. Visibility was never greater than 20 feet and much less in most cases. Very cold and windy and was raining sideways on top. Still a fun hike. Will be back to do it in better conditions.


browng73 - Jul 22, 2013 1:35 pm Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2013

Long but worth it!  Sucess!

I climbed this with my 15 year old son and our dog. We saw 3 mountain goats on the saddle between Loafer and Santaquin Peak, and lots of wild grouse on the way up and down. Was surprised to see an American Flag on a pole at the top- great addition to whoever posted it there! Take plenty of water if you hike in the summer- there are no springs along the way.


liliacarrillo0822 - May 15, 2013 5:41 pm Date Climbed: Sep 18, 2012

Fun with friends  Sucess!

I hike this peak with 2 wonderful friends the wasn't that clear that day.


kteichert - Oct 4, 2011 10:10 pm Date Climbed: Oct 4, 2011

great views  Sucess!

Did it with Loafer via Loafer Mountain Ridge trail. Much better views of Utah Valley than Loafer.


rmjwinters - Sep 21, 2011 2:26 pm Date Climbed: Sep 17, 2011

via Loafer Mtn Trail  Sucess!

Hiked via Loafter Mtn trail. Good trail to the summit. Left saddle and climbed to Loafer Mtn on the return.

jritt - Jul 21, 2011 3:21 pm Date Climbed: Aug 28, 2009

Santaquin Peak  Sucess!

Great hike. The views of Payson Lakes and Nebo were incredible, and we only saw one other person on the trail. Plenty of solitude and scenery, and we bagged one of the Seven Peaks.


runbyu1 - Nov 8, 2010 3:06 pm Date Climbed: Oct 20, 2010

Ran up in just over an hour and a half  Sucess!

Pretty awesome, VERY foggy and mysterious. Ran up in 1:33 and then went and got Loafer as well. The fog was unreal and very cool. This trip got me all of the "7 Peaks".


ZeeJay - Oct 7, 2010 11:53 pm Date Climbed: Oct 7, 2010

Loafer Mt Trail  Sucess!

Climbed Bald Mt, 10421, and Twin Knolls and then headed over here via the Loafer Mt Trail. It was a nice surprise to find that the trail goes all the way to the top. The topo just shows it going to the saddle. It started drizzling about 1/2 hour into it, but wasn't too bad until the sleet and wind started. Almost no visibility for about an hour but most of the time it was reasonable. The wind was strong enough to blow me around. Also did Loafer.


builttospill - Feb 5, 2010 3:44 am Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2009

...  Sucess!

An okay early season hike to get some exercise (and some exercise for my dogs). There was still a fair bit of snow, which slowed things down considerably, but the views are nice and there are VERY few people.

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