Great climb from Bell's, found a overgrown trail in upper Bell's that climbs a minor ridge up to the pond SW of the reservoir and then continues high above the reservoir to the saddle. Still spring un upper Bells, lots of flowers Very efficient, made it up in less than 4 hours then continued to Lone and down to Corner canyon. Love the gendarmes on the west ridge, fun routefinding.
First ascent was from Schoolhouse Springs on 6/14/08 with vanman798 after climbing S Thunder. We gained the south slopes by climbing up a notch from the bowl to the east, and walked to the summit on snow. Had a good glissade down.
Second ascent was with my friend Duane on 6/29/08 via the fun east ridge, as a consolation peak. Plan A was North Thunder, but for variety's sake (since I had just been on the Schoolhouse Springs trail 2 weeks before) we started at the Dry Creek TH and wore ourselves out trying to go fast enough to make up for the extra distance on that inefficient route.
This is a great peak, and very underrated. It'd be considered a classic if there weren't higher ones nearby.
Sean Peckham and I climbed this one via the Lake Hardy/School House Springs route from Alpine. We were in the neighborhood, having climbed South Thunder, so we thought why not! We covered over 13 miles, and over 6400 ft of vertical. Check out our summit video.
This was the third peak in the Hematoma Quad series with Asher and Grizz. The ridge down to the saddle before Lone Peak is a little confusing and I was glad to have Grizz leading the way through the complex network of granite.
Counting time spent route finding and bushwhacking I reached the summit in 5 hours. Wild flowers still plentiful. Came down the northeast side of the ridge from the summit and found it exhilarating. One could take that route up from the end of the canyon instead of hiking all the way to the saddle. Took 3+45 down and only found the actual trail 2 hours into the descent. Strangely enough, I didn't even see the Upper Reservoir going up or coming down! July 25, 2008. Smarter now; I take people with me who know the trail. Brent, Dave & I bagged Upper Bells along with Lone Peak, the summit ascent for Lone Peak beginning up a chute 1/2 mile southwest of the Upper Bells reservoir. Exciting little diversion, I must say. 12-3-09 With Christine & ZeeJay from the Alpine (Hamongogs) side. Very little snow but great trip. #4 Can't remember exactly how that one worked out, but it did. :) #5 10-16-10 W/ Dave from Lone Peak. #6 Dec. 2011 from Alpine TH. Sketchy snow. #6 9-24-13 Solo from Alpine & the Hamongogs. Very windy on top, fall colors emerging above 7,000'.
Bagged this peak on my way from S Thunder to Lone Pk. I'd been wanting to do this peak for a while, and the class 3 climbing made my climbing it very worthwhile - the class 3 scrambling has got to be some of the best in the Wasatch!