|Sunrise over Mt Nebo|
Of course, I didn't see this at first as I was driving up in the very wee hours of the morning. My plan was to climb this mountain and hopefully be at or near the summit right at sunrise. As it turned out, my timing was perfect.
|Fall hits the Rockies|
|Mt Nebo from a distance|
Starting at the parking lot, the trail hugs a small ridgeline with a fence.I tried to take in the glorious glow of the starlight knowing that I would not have this view back in Chicago. Though the greater Salt Lake City's metro area obscured some of the starlight to the north and west, I could pick out nearly every constellation with ease. With no moonlight, the Milky Way was so bright I was nearly casting a shadow.
The trail gains quite a bit of elevation as it seems to head away from the summit. The smaller North Peak looms over to the South which almost looks like the true summit. However, the trail circulates around this peak before the sharp profile of Mt Nebo comes into view.
|This was taken on the way down but this is the first view that the trail has of the highpoint|
Its tempting to think that the worst is behind you at this point but the path takes an even steeper ascent as it climbs the false summit visible above. It was a nightmarish in steepness at some points but that struggle was assuaged by the alpine sunrise. I was alone, exept for another, far more adept climber-
|The original hiker|
|First rays of sun|
|Feeling so high|
The summit, of course, had a phenomenal view. At the highest point in the Wasatch range, I could see for well over 50 miles. It was a fine way to finish my Utah Trip.
|The summit of Mt Nebo|
Hope to return soon!
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