Great hike this is in my back yard and have always wanted to go to visit old Ben.
It took us 9 hours round trip, but we wasted a lot of time about half way there to eat lunch and take in the views.
Great hike, this time I took a friend Von ( 2nd backpacking trip for him). We got a late start I guess got up to about the 4 mile point where you can clearly see the peak. There is a nice little campsite that we stayed at. Setup camp and then took off for the peak. I was trying to tell Von it was just as far as we had just hiked. I think looks were deceiving to him. Anyway I got up to the peak about half an hour before Von. Just had to get the pace on, we had radio's if anything went wrong. He got up there right about the time the sun was completely down and it was almost dark. We took some pics, signed the log book and headed back to camp. Got back to camp at about 9:45 pm, cooked some food and listened to some "Crazy Talk" on the AM station. This is a great hike with an excellent view. Plan on doing it the day after christmas. This time I'm going to hit Willard peak as well. Check out my site if you want.. I put a little story about some of the stuff I've done in the past few months. http://spaces.msn.com/members/danthaman/
Definitely a beautiful view from the top. The trail was nice and not very steep, I'm sure it will be a lot better when all the snow melts. I just step kicked up the face when I lost the trail, but you can go up the ridge to the south around the snow. It took me 3.5 hrs to reach the summit from the bottom and 2 hrs coming back down. Next time I plan on hitting willard peak as well. I would recommend this trail for anyone.
What an amazing trail! My dogs had fun chasing the mountain grouse all over. Saw A large male ans small juvenile mountain goat on the summit. They were kind enough to let me take a few great photos. Then saw a mountain lion up on a cliff on the way out. Got some nice shots of it as well. Never seen a cat in the wild!! Lots of snow still. Beautiful summit!
Ben Lomond is a great mountain. It is always a good workout because of the length of the trail. I have seen a lot of moose on the mountain. I don’t remember details about when I first hiked these routes. North Fork Park and Cutler Basin in Fall of 1995. North Ogden Pass in June and September of 1996. Willard Basin in July 1997. I have climbed Ben Lomond many times since then.
Combined this with Willard peak from the north
Attempted ski descent. Snow was scetchy so we decide better safe than sorry. Goat almost to the saddle though.
Rode my bike all the way to the top. sweet sigle track coming down. nice sunny day. My friend bonked bad and had to crawl the last 100 feet, poor guy.
Big Mountain! Trail isn't very steep no matter what route is taken, but plan on a long day. You'll feel it in the morning! Popular trail, so there's always good stories to swap and people to meet.
Several ascents. Skyline trail and North Fork Park trails are long, but gentle grades make for easy hiking. Willard Basin route is short and sweet if you have a high clearance vehicle. Outstanding views.