With Jun32 and Jennilyn. We ran about 95% to the top of BL and then power hiked the final push. The sun was just coming out and the views were outstanding. We also ran over and tagged Willard as well and then went back the way we came. We saw 3 Mt. goats and 3 moose up close. What a fantastic route. Total time round trip was 4:30ish.
10/12/2014 Skyline Trail to Chilly Peak, Ben Lomond, and Willard.
7/19/2013 Started at the North Ogden Divide Trailhead and followed the Skyline trail to Ben Lomond. Continued onto Willard Peak. Great route to both peaks.
Started at Inspiration point,from there to Willard Peak to Ben Lomond there were a lot of mountain goats at some point like 25 of them it was a nice trip.
I remember this one fondly and need to get back. A long gentle approach should be good in any season, and I think this would make a good back country ski. Pack a lunch and plenty of water and make an easy day of it.
The hike took about 6 hours in each direction. Snow shoed most of the way, switched to crampons on the final summit push. Freezing temps and lots of lots of snow!
Nice day Lots of snow left up there
Drove up to Inspiration point, 9,422 ft, then wandered over to Willard Peak, 9,764 ft, and continued on to Ben Lomond, 9,712 ft. Ascending Willard I spoted one goat, coming down we spoted a herd of 12, which ran away, but when we reached them again there was at least 25 or 30 of them. I have never seen that many mountian goats at once. On the drive out we saw three mooses in Perry Reservoir. I can understand why "goat man" was hanging out in the area a few months ago.
Solo from N Fork park. That night's evening news reported on the "Goat Man Sighting" on Ben Lomand. I did not see any goats; animals or humans with goat costumes. Great day, fantastic weather. Only saw one other hiker.
Hiked solo via Cutler Rigde. Very nice views of Willard Peak from the trail.
Drove to Inspiration Point and walked over to Willard Peak. Couldn't find a great route to the top, but made it, and then walked over to Ben Lomond, which was much easier to summit. Great views. First time on Willard and Ben.
Hiked up from North Fork Park up to Ben Lomond. What a great hike for wildflowers. I would suggest going in June however.
Easy drive to Inspiration Point - good road, high clearance a must, 4WD not required. I read that the road was very rough but it was not. Daughter, Son, a friend and the dog ridge climbed from Inspiration toward Willard Peak. Continued on to Ben Lomond for lunch. Saw several Mt Goats. Signed the log. Took the lower trail below Willard back to IP. Saw a big Rattle Snake below Willard. About 5 miles round trip.
Hiked along the long, but scenic Skyline Trail from the North Ogden Divide Trailhead with my cousin David. The overall grade of the trail was very gradual, except for the last steep part where we had to bypass some lingering snow near the top. See "Skyline Trail" trip report for details.
Lots of wildflowers. Still quite a bit of snow(in July)on the final climb to the summit. Impressive view on top.
Stopped on the way for pictures and a snack. Cold.
#1 7-22-05 W/ Kimball, my son. Along with Willard Peak. A long day but rewarding views. #2 & #3 8-30-14 From North Ogden Divide TH. Hit B.L. both going in and returning after the sub-peak north of Willard Pk and Willard. About 95 mountain goats grazing below the trail below Willard's summit area. IVD
Started and ended at divide. Nice gradual ascent. Great views. This massif has great potential on all sides for great routes.
Great weather day -- doesn't get any better. Saw 20 goats near the top, including 8 kids. Were lucky enough to see a mama grouse leading some baby grouses down the trail, also. We started at North Fork Park. Trail crews have been working hard; the trail is the best I've seen it EVER!
Summited twice today. Once on the way to Willard Peak, and topped it out again on the way back. Great day, climbed with my wife and 12 year old son, brother in law, and some neighbors. Still a lot of snow on the east face which required lots of kick steps, but made for great glissading on the way down. Lots of goats. Found a "Rubber Boa" snake on the trail, and a huge rattler just below Willard. It was very sluggish and slow. I was surprised to see one that high. Great day! Just under 12 hours to Willard round trip with a long lunch break on Willard Peak.
I hiked up Ben Lomond on snowshoes, with good consolidated snow, but poor visibility (complete whiteout at times).