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
Saw one other person the entire time out on the trail. Weather was good, nice and cool and not too sunny.
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!
#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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I hike this peak with 2 wonderful friends the wasn't that clear that day.
Did it with Loafer via Loafer Mountain Ridge trail. Much better views of Utah Valley than Loafer.
Hiked via Loafter Mtn trail. Good trail to the summit. Left saddle and climbed to Loafer Mtn on the return.
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.
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".
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.
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.
I went up the Loafer Mountain trail this past summer. It was great! I feel like this is a very underrated mountain.
There are several "northwest ridges" - the one we took is the one that at around the 7000' level intersects the end of a trail that appears to come from the water tanks area in Woodland Hills. That trail is probably an easier way to do the lower part of our route.
This was a second try. On Dec 30, 2007 we tried to ascend this ridge from Loafer Canyon, starting at the point where our borrowed jeep got stuck in the snow. That morning we bushwhacked a few hundred feet to the ridge only to discover a McMansion development right there that wasn't on our map. We got up to around the 8200' level and were out of time and wet and exhausted due to a blizzard and deep upside-down snow.
This time we parked in that development (guess it's good for something after all) near our ridge to save those few hundred feet, and had perfect weather, and at least some sections of the route had somewhat consolidated snow. It was a strenuous 7 hours to reach the summit, but only 2.5 hours to descend. 5000' vertical total across only 2.6 miles each way according to GPS/altimeter. We left the car at dawn and arrived there again at dusk, perfect timing. Dramatic views the whole way, but especially at the top, and also enjoyed all the pretty rimed limber pines in the upper parts.
Climbed up Loafer and Santiquin a few years before moving to Utah. Just visiting my wifes grandma who lived nearby. Pics and map of route taken at http://www.willhiteweb.com/loafer_santaquin_mountain/utah_county_hiking_189.htm