Hike Mount Nebo
Utah › Nebo Basin Trail
Added by Jacob Moon
- Distance: 8.4 miles
- Elevation gain: ~3400 vertical feet with all the ups and downs
- Duration: 5-7 hours
- The tallest mountain in the Wasatch Mountain Range (11,928 ft./ 3,635 m.)
- Excellent views of the southern Wasatch Mountains
Mount Nebo is the tallest of all the mountains in the Wasatch, and also one of the easiest to hike, due to the fact that the trail begins at an elevation of ~9300 ft. The parking area for the trailhead is along a short dirt road, which is precisely marked on the location map.
The trail itself is easy to follow. The dirt road leading to the trailhead is called Mona Pole Rd. The trail leaves the parking area and follows a cattle fence across the "Bench" just north of Mount Nebo with little elevation gain or lost. Once reaching the mountain, the trail weaves up the mountain through a series of mountain meadows and pine forest until reaching the shoulder of North Peak at 10,640 ft.
Here, the north side of Mount Nebo comes into view and the trail goes up to 10,850 ft. It then contours across and down the western slopes of North Peak to the saddle between the two mountains to ~10,680 feet. From the saddle the trail climbs steeply up the ridge of Mount Nebo along a rocky, but well beaten path to the "false summit" at 11,460 ft.
- Hiking boots
- Hiking poles
- Extra Layers
Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.
Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More
Spring, Summer, Autumn
Are we missing something?Suggest an edit
More Adventures Nearby
Catch a Sunset at Green River Overlook
Utah / Green River Overlook
Turn right on Highway 313 after Mesa Arch Trailhead and follow the road past Willow Flat Campground to Green River Overlook. Park at the parking lot. Climb over the railing onto the rock edge.
Backpack to Joint Trail in the Canyonlands Needles District
Utah / Squaw Flat Campground
A large part of the grandeur of Canyonlands National Park is the vast barren vista at Island in the Sky, but no visit to Canyonlands would be complete without the intimate and immersive desert experi.