Nebo Bench Trail #117


The Nebo Bench Trail begins at the south end of the Monument trailhead parking lot.  It is a beautiful but demanding trail with spectacular views to the east.  The trail follows along the east slopes of Mount Nebo passing through a number of basins and meadows covered with tall grasses and if the time of year is right, amazing wildflowers.  At about five miles in, the trail receives less use and consequently can be difficult to follow, especially through meadows.  There are several areas that could be questionable for horses, ride with care.  The south end of the trail descends through oak and maple stands into Salt Creek Canyon.  Plan on a full day hike (one way).

Connecting Trails:  Mount Nebo #116 and Willow Canyon #118.

At a Glance

Restrictions: 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. Please follow proper rules and regulations.
Closest Towns: Payson, Nephi, Spanish Fork, UT.
Information Center: For more information contact the Spanish Fork Ranger District at 801-798-3571.

General Information

Directions: ACCESS 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. ACCESS 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.

Activities

Day Hiking

Elevation desc This trail has an elevation gain of 3,300 feet.

Backpacking

Elevation desc This trail has an elevation gain of 3,300 feet.

Horse Riding

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.