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Nebo Bench - Trail #117

Contributed by ranchez

If you plan on hiking the entire length of the trail, beginning at the Monument trailhead is recommended. Nebo Bench is a beautiful but demanding trail, offering spectacular views in return. Several small springs cross the trail, and snowpack may linger until late July in some places. The trail receives much less use through the middle portion (about 5 miles from the Monument trailhead), and can be difficult to locate, especially through meadows. At 6.8 miles from the Monument trailhead, the trail intersects with the Nebo Peak trail (N. 39.790583 W. 111.756222). The scenery along the Nebo Bench trail is stunning, but the trail is long and difficult, so plan on a full day hike (one way). The south end of the trail descends through oak and maple stands into Salt Creek Canyon.

This trail is located within the 27,000-acre Mount Nebo Wilderness Area, which was established through passage of the Utah Wilderness Act of 1984. Mount Nebo, which rises to the west of the trail, is the highest peak in the Wasatch Range and in Utah County at 11,928 feet. Please pack out what you pack in, and follow Leave-No-Trace principles as you hike, ride, or camp. Sections of the trail 3-4 miles from the Monument trailhead may pose difficulty for horses due to narrow, rocky tread and steep shale slopes. Please ride with care.

Directions:

Option 1: From I-15, take the North Payson/Benjamin exit (currently exit #254; after autumn 2004 the exit number will change to #250). Travel south on Main Street to 100 North and turn left (east). Continue east to 600 East and turn right (south) for approximately 3 1/2 miles to the mouth of Payson Canyon (the beginning of the Nebo Loop). The Monument trailhead is 24 miles south of Payson and 18 miles north of Nephi on the Mount Nebo National Scenic Byway (Nebo Loop road, #015). The trail begins at the south end of the parking lot. Hitching posts for horses and a bathroom are available at the trailhead.

Option 2: The Andrews Ridge trailhead is located on Forest Road #048, 1.2 miles from its junction with the Nebo Loop. Road #048 also accesses Ponderosa and Bear Canyon Campgrounds.

Length: 11.2 miles  |   Rating: Difficult
Activies: Equestrian, Day Hiking, Backpacking

Trailhead Elevation: 9100

Trailhead Waypoint: 39.843583 N -111.719777 W

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Region(s)
Northeast
Southeast

Management Area(s)
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest

County
Utah County

Nearby Cities
Mapleton
Orem
Payson
Provo
Salem
Santaquin
Spanish Fork

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