#32 Lone Peak summit but first time using this trail. Personally, I didn't like it: too much narrow v-shaped trail and lots of ball-bearing gravel on steep spots. Although it's longer, the Orson Smith TH/Cherry Canyon Logging trail route appeals more to me.
Long hike with the man, James McAllister. Made some bad decisions and didn't get back to the trailhead until well past midnight. Nobody died.
Been up the Jacobs Ladder Trail 3 times in route to Lone Peak.
6/29/2012, 10/1/2011 (With WMC), 8/25/2009.
Those first couple miles are brutally steep. after that it's smooth sailing.
Beast of a trail man! Thank heavens for trekking poles! Loved the climb through the boulders and pines into the cirque. Hated the decent in the late afternoon. Nice and toasty!
Backpacked up with my mother, father, sister, and a friend. Camped in the meadows above the ladder. Cloudless days each day, but there was a lot of smog from a wildfire and normal SLC pollution. All in all, quite a success.
Was water - I would predict 2-3 more weeks of water based on the thickness of the snow up in the cirque. The stream ran dry towards the top of the meadow, however, so its unclear how long there will be water.
We took 10 hours (with some long breaks), taking Jacobs Ladder. The granite in the cirque and on the summit ridge made for some great climbing, and it felt rewarding sitting on top of the tiny summit. The descent back down Jacobs Ladder was a little hard on the knees. See "Monarch of the Wasatch" trip report for details.
I could have used some trekking poles going up and down the Ladder. But it was a great day on a great mountain.
Ascended Jacob's Ladder in the dark, avoiding the heat on the way up, and it seemed to live up to it's name. The way down in at 2pm, was pretty toasty, but I'll go this way again!
Jacob's Ladder certainly didn't disappoint as one of the killer portions of this mountain. Amazing stuff, especially "the Chimney".
First time in 93 i think five times since.
There were thunder storms forecast that day, but we decided to head up anyways, and see how it went. We could see lightning in the south end of the Valley around Nebo, but where we were it looked more like the beginning of winter. The temperature dropped quickly as we climbed, due to the harsh wind often present in the Lone Peak Wilderness. The snow was coming at us almost horizontally. We scrambled up the granite Talus, and reached within about 100 ft of the summit by our turn around time of 2:00. Our wet fleece gloves were turning to ice, and my hands were going numb. We decided the rocks were too slick to make the class 4 traverse to the summit, but we'd come closer than we'd expected, and all felt satisfied. We'd all been on the summit before anyways, and far as we were concerned, had reached the top of the mountain.
On the way down the ridge, my fingers went numb and refused to warm up again. Fortunately, Dave Tobler let me borrow his shell mitts. Even with my soaked gloves, my hands were toasty again within an hour. I decided shell mitts are worth their small weight in gold, and I've carried a pair with me ever since.
On the way back down, the granite slabs that had offered excellent footing on the ascent were now covered in a thin layer of ice. With an inch or two of snow on top, it was hard to see where these ice sheets were. Trekking poles weren't just helpful, they were essential. Anyways, we made it down to the mud bog at the bottom, with about an 11 hour round trip. Better than my Schoolhouse Springs time in August, and that in much better weather. We were glad for the harsh weather, because it made it more of an adventure, and I was glad I hadn't lost my fingers.
Once was awesome, the other was horrible, but i still love the mountain. Check out my trip report "Lone Peak and the Stairway to Hell."