Wife and I were the only one on the mountain.....Sunday. The peak stares at us all day long as we live in North Ogden. We snowshoed Culter Ridge from the east/North Fork Park. Solid snow all the way up. Put the crampons on on the way down.
Great mountain! Sunny day with a breeze in the morning that disappeared after noonish. Snowpack on the ascent mostly frozen solid with some dust on top, which had been moved around by the wind, and was sensitive in the pockets where it had piled up a bit. It made the shoulder too slippery for skinning, so we booted that part, and watched a group zoom past us with ski crampons. There was a giant day-old double-crown wind slab avalanche under Willard Peak. The summit ridge had softened in the sun and become grippy enough for skinning. We shared the summit with several other parties, it was a very unexpected zoo. The northeast face was an awesome descent, and the snow there was finally pretty good (not too crusty under the dust) for most of the way into Cutler Basin. Had a snowmobile encounter after that, fortunately the only one of the day. Got kinda lost at the bottom with Nordic park roads going in circles, and climbed a fence with my skis on to escape.
Via North Ogden pass when I was twelve, then via north fork Park a few years ago.
See Willard entry. Crazy loop starting at Cutler Flats hitting Willard 1st somehow then Ben and then down to Cutler again. Class 4 bushwacking for several sections, but shaved plenty of miles off. Whole loop in 7 hours.
Managed to get my Maxima about 3 miles up the dirt road from Mantua, then biked up to Willard Basin. Stashed the bike in the trees and climbed Willard Peak, then over to Ben Lomond and back. Total distance just over 20 miles, took about 7.5 hours round trip. The bike ride down from the Basin was worth the effort to take it up earlier in the day.
I forgot to sign the summit register, too busy taking a pick and getting back before my son woke up from his nap in the kid carrier. Pics and map at http://www.willhiteweb.com/utah_climbing/willard/ben_lomand_peak_094.htm
Long hike. But fun!
One of the most prolific peak along the wasatch front and the hike and trail were extraordinary. It's also a great trail run for the die hards.
Hot day but not too bad with an early start. Hit Ben Lomond and then headed over to Willard Peak and then back. It's long, but that trail isn't very steep at all, so it's fast moving.
Climbed it from the Skyline trail. It was a nice hike up and it didn't seem to be as long as I thought it would be be, propably 5 hours total to the top. The summit is awesome and is quite prominent.
Eventhough it was nice getting up, it was the worst descent of my life. My feet hurt and I kept rolling my ankle, argghhh! I will not do this trail again, I would take the backside instead.
I climb this every spring from North Fork. I meet people who "cheat" from Skyline drive.
This is a long, but very gradual hike. We did this in mid-June and the final trail to the summit was still completely buried in the snow. We got off the trail and did a scramble to the summit, which was quite fun. Outstanding hike!
Climbed in Summer and Winter of 2005. Abundant wildflowers, dragonflies and butterflies in summer, though if you're looking for solitude, winter is best. Unfortunately, there is a tremendous amount of erosion, especially along the last portion of the trail, caused in large part due to motorcycles and horses being allowed on the trail. The noise and smell of motorcycles, as well as having to incessantly dodge horse crap definitely takes away from this mountain's potential serenity.
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