If you’re looking for some great off road, single track riding with amazing views. Nebo Creek, Summit Trail, and Page Fork Trail offer some spectacular views and a variety of terrain. Check out what the National Scenic Byway (Nebo Loop Road) has to offer.
The National Scenic Byway has some of the greatest scenery around from snowy mountain peaks to valley lakes and ponds. What better way to really enjoy some of this awesome back country than on the seat of a dirtbike.
Nearest Town: Birdseye if going to Page Fork Trail Head, Nephi if going to Summit Trail
Trail Type: Single track, tight brush and rocks, pines, river crossings
Nearby/Connecting Trails: Pole Canyon(Connects to Summit Trail), Sawmill-Nebo Creek #130 (connects to Summit Trail)
Best Season: Late spring, Early fall
Difficulty: Moderate, not for beginners
Estimated Time: 4-6 hours for the loop described, lunch time included. Moderate pace. Can be much shorter if only doing Page Fork A and B trails.
Entering from Birdseye
Turn at Mile Marker 303 on Highway 89. (39.892091, -111.549162) Be careful when slowing down because there is no turning lane and there is a cattle guard when you turn off the road. (Click here for street view). There is a sign saying National Forest Area 2 miles ahead. It is private property on both sides of the road until you reach the forest area so be courteous of the owners’ lands.
If pulling a large trailer, there are no turnouts until you reach the Page Fork turnoff. The road is a good road, but winds through the canyon a can be little narrow. It is a little rough so a high clearance vehicle is recommended.
Fork in the Road
Page Fork Trail Head #088
Once on the forest land, the road will fork. (39.859202, -111.606310) Staying right will continue on Nebo Creek Road. This will lead to the Nebo Creek/Sawmill trail #130. Turning left will put you onto Page Fork road. This will turn into a dead end where you can unload. This will be the begining of trail #088. There is an A trail and a B trail. This will continue up the canyon until you merge into Summit Trail. A and B trail also combine for a fun loop. There are a couple good climbs in this section with loose dirt and tree roots.
We unloaded at the fork in the road and road Nebo Creek Road until it finally ends and turns into single track. The trail is a bit rocky and tight as it winds through the steep canyon. There aren’t too many steep climbs but can be a little technical maneuvering through the boulders and trees. This connected to the Summit Trail trail head at the top of the canyon. We then followed Summit Trail until we could turn onto Page Fork and head back down the canyon and make a complete loop back to the fork in the road. There is also a split on the way to the top going to Blackhawk trail but we decided to continue on and save that one for another day.
Take exit 225 from Interstate 15 to Nephi. Turn left and travel through Nephi Canyon until you see a sign for Nebo Scenic Loop (this can also be accessed from the Payson Canyon side but would take much longer). Turn onto Nebo Loop Road and travel about 9 miles to a small turnout with the Summit Trail sign (39.805179, -111.681000). If you reach Devils Kitchen lookout, you’ve gone too far.
This trail will either break left not too far from the trail head and head down Nebo Creek trail, or it will continue to the right along the top. This will continue on to the summit of course, but also breaks off to the east down Page Fork Canyon as mentioned before.
Here’s a short clip of our ride to give an idea of what the area is like. Unfortunately I was unable to capture most of Page Fork. Access to the canyon closes in the winter so it’s best to ride early fall or late spring. We rode in June and it was a bit warm but still very nice at the higher altitudes.
Be sure to check out the Devils Kitchen lookout while in the area. Located approximately 1/2 mile north of the Summit Trail entrance, it will be well worth a few extra minutes to check it out if looking for some good photo opportunities. The red rock and surrounding scenery are something you won’t forget.
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