Nebo Loop

Mount Nebo is Utah’s highest peak in the Wasatch range in its southern most tip and it’s a must-ride for anyone exploring Utah on two wheels. I’m fortunate to have it along my commute from Salt Lake City to Hurricane.

The Nebo Loop ascends out of Payson through a series of switchbacks, with the lower approach trailing along the Peteeneet Creek, named after the Chief of the Tumpanawach Utes.

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Increasing altitude brings relief from the valley heat and incredible vistas.

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That’s Utah Lake in the distance in the above image and Bald Mountain in the one below.

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Traffic heading up the canyon was pretty dense, and then I realized why with the colorful signs at the Payson Lake Campground – girls camp. After that turnout, I didn’t see a single vehicle until I hit Highway 132.

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FR015 doesn’t quite get to Nebo’s almost 12k feet. It tops out at 9000.

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Devil’s Kitchen is on the south side of the loop. Not sure why anything red in Utah is associated with Satan.

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The Nebo part of this commute was made all the better in comparison to the Junction stage where my bike’s rear tire lost pressure.

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Turns out when I had that new tire mounted, little care was given to its tube’s orientation inside, and it eventually ruptured at one of its many pinch points. I have all the gear to repair except for a new tube, so the KLR and I got a special ride back to Richfield.

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Not the happiest of endings, but it certainly could have been worse. After the repair I slabbed it home to Hurricane.

368 miles, not counting the double-back to Richfield.

 

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