Utah County High Point Trip Report

Date: June 7, 2003
Author: Dale Millsap

I got an early start Saturday morning and climbed Mt. Nebo, Utah County's highest point. We started from the trailhead, near the Nebo Bench trailhead, at 7:00 am. Upon arriving in the steep bowl area about 1.5 miles into the hike, we put on our crampons and went straight up the crusty snow, shaving maybe 1 mile off the hike. At the ridge line we removed our crampons, and we were able to mostly avoid snow for the remainder of the ascent. We arrived at the summit at 10:30 am. The skies were so clear that we spent a half hour pointing out other landmarks to each other and enjoying the nice temperatures.

We started down at 11:00 am, and when we arrived at the point on the ridge line where we earlier topped out on our crampons, we again used the snow to our advantage and had one of the best, longest glissades I have ever done. I learned the an ice axe makes a great rudder/brake. We arrived at the truck a little after 1:00 pm. A very nice morning climb!

As a side note, I found Mt. Nebo more challenging than Mt. Hood ten days earlier, although we did take longer to climb Hood (five hours up, 2.5 down).