Lone Peak

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Utah, United States, North America
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Lone Peak
Created On: Oct 12, 2002
Last Edited On: Jan 21, 2015

Overview

Lone Peak is the monarch of the Wasatch Mountains. This rugged 11,000+ foot summit is clearly visible from North Salt Lake to Provo. It rises abruptly above the valley floor and affords one the luxury of sitting in a glacial, alpine cirque just miles from the city. The cirque is ringed with near vertical granite walls and offers climbing ranging from Class 3 to 5.10 YDS. Lone Peak is considered by many to be the "hardest" 11,000 foot peak in the Wasatch due to the mileage and elevation gain required to sit atop it's summit.

Getting There

Lone Peak can be and has been approached a variety of ways. It sits 10 miles SSE of downtown SLC. Possible approaches include but are not limited to in order of popularity:

#1 Jacobs Ladder via Corner Canyon Road (access road from Orson Smith trailhead) and Jacobs Ladder Trailhead
#2 Cherry Canyon Logging Trail via Orson Smith trailhead at the Corner Canyon Gate 2000 E and 12600 S
#2 From the town of Alpine and the Schoolhouse Springs trailhead.
#3 Big Willow Canyon via Hidden Valley Park trailhead at 11500 S Wasatch Blvd
#4 Bells Canyon trailhead at 10200 S Wasatch Blvd

All approaches are moderately long and involve 5-6000 ft vertical gain.


Trailheads

Jacobs Ladder Trailhead
The most popular trailhead and highest elevation trailhead at 5,700 feet. It is 2.6 miles up the dirt road from Corner Canyon Gate at 2000 E and 12600 S in the town of Draper. No water. Restrooms are available. This trailhead provides access to the Jacobs Ladder Trail.

The road is passable to higher clearance 2wd vehicles most of the time.

Orson Smith Trailhead
This trailhead sits at 4,820 feet. It is located at 2000 E and 12600 S in the town of Draper. It is located directly north of the Corner Canyon Gate. Water and restrooms are available. This trailhead provides access to the Cherry Canyon Logging trail which provides access to an approach via Bear Canyon and Outlaw Cabin.

Schoolhouse Springs Trailhead
This trailhead sits at 5,300 feet. It is located at the north end of the town of Alpine. Take Exit 287 from I-15 and turn east onto Utah Highway 92. Continue east for 5.6 miles and reach a stoplight at 5300 West. Turn north toward Alpine and continue 1.8 more miles to reach 200 North. Turn right and go one block to a four-way intersection. Turn left onto Grove drive and reach a T intersection. Turn left onto Oakridge Drive and continue to Aspen Drive. Continue on Aspen Drive to Aspen Grove after 9.7 miles from I-15. Parking is limited and the trailhead is unmarked. This trailhead provides access to the south slopes of Lone Peak via the 1st Hamongog (meadow) and the 2nd Hamongog.

Hidden Valley Park Trailhead
This trailhead sits at 5,100 feet. It is located at 11500 S Wasatch Boulevard near the town of Draper. This trailhead provides access to the newly named Sawmill trail and approach via Big Willow drainage.

Bells Canyon Trailhead
This trailhead sits at 5,130 feet. It is located at 10200 S Wasatch Boulevard near the town of Sandy. This trailhead provides an approach to the eastern region of Lone Peak.

Red Tape

No permits are required and there are no fees. Lone Peak sits in the Lone Peak Wilderness area.


When To Climb

Lone Peak is usually climbed from June through Sept. Winter ascents are possible, but may require a multi-day outing, better planning and much more effort.


The final ridge

  • The Final Ridge

    Corner Canyon Gates


    Corner Canyon Road now has 3 gates total:
    Gate #1 (0.0 miles)is at the beginning of Corner Canyon Road near the Orson Smith Trailhead Park (4,800 ft). 

    Gate #2 (1.1 miles) is at the Bonneville Shoreline Trail (5,200 ft). This newly developed trailhead has been named the East Bench trailhead.

    Gate #3 (2.5 miles) is located at the Jacob's Ladder Trailhead (5,700 ft).  This is the Jacob's Ladder Trailhead and is clearly marked with new signage and a new trail. Jacob's Ladder Trailhead is also the Ghost Falls Trailhead as well. They share the same parking area.

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rmjwinters

rmjwinters - May 17, 2004 10:45 am - Hasn't voted

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Thanks for the info. When I get some time, I want to put up other routes like Alpine, Bells Canyon and Big Willow.

mtn runr

mtn runr - May 17, 2004 9:55 pm - Hasn't voted

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You can no longer drive beyond the pavement in Alpine. Lehi city won a dispute over water rights to School House Springs and erected a steel gate at the covered reservoir above Aspen Drive. The jeep road to the first hamengog is now closed. (This may be a blessing in disguise.) The Hamengogs Trail is in good repair, as is the Lake Hardy Trail above the 2nd hamengog. It is just a longer approach.

Reach11 - Aug 31, 2005 11:31 pm - Voted 10/10

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Still closed as of August 30 05.

rmjwinters

rmjwinters - Sep 14, 2005 5:38 pm - Hasn't voted

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Interesting story behind the name...I'll have to share sometime. The change has been made.

dillweed

dillweed - May 3, 2006 1:39 pm - Hasn't voted

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what name are you referring to? what is the story? I'd like to hear it. I love this area.

gorignak - Dec 27, 2005 1:51 pm - Hasn't voted

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Someone mentioned to me that Jacobs Ladder is accessible via the Suncrest Housing development. That would be nice, since corner canyon road is closed. Do you know anything about this??

rmjwinters

rmjwinters - Jan 4, 2006 1:26 pm - Hasn't voted

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I last checked in late October and it wasn't. The new road that connects Alpine with Draper via Suncrest had obliterated that road. To the extent that Corner Canyon Road abruptly ends shortly before the connecting road.


As a side note Corner Canyon has been closed due to the open space initiative that was passed as Draper City attempts to protect that area. I'll be curious to see what happens with future development to the east of Suncrest community.

mtn runr

mtn runr - May 15, 2004 10:36 pm - Hasn't voted

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The dirt road described above is the Corner Canyon Road and is closed from late fall to early spring at the discretion of Draper Irrigation and/or SL County Sheriff. When the green gate is locked, you can park here and hike due East until you connect with the Bonneville Shoreline Trail. The Cherry Canyon Logging Trail intersects with the BST and the trail junction is signed. The Cherry Canyon trail eventually turns North into upper Bear Canyon. You can stay on it, traverse Bear (where there is reliable water) cross a shoulder into Little Willow. The trail ends at the Allen Brothers Cabin but the route continues right up the drainage and will eventually take you to the North Cirque and the North shoulder of Lone Peak. If you prefer, just as the Cherry Canyon Trail turns North into Bear Canyon, head off across the open slope to the Southeast and you will soon connect with the old Draper Ridge trail.

rmjwinters

rmjwinters - May 17, 2004 10:45 am - Hasn't voted

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Thanks for the info. When I get some time, I want to put up other routes like Alpine, Bells Canyon and Big Willow.

mtn runr

mtn runr - May 17, 2004 9:55 pm - Hasn't voted

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You can no longer drive beyond the pavement in Alpine. Lehi city won a dispute over water rights to School House Springs and erected a steel gate at the covered reservoir above Aspen Drive. The jeep road to the first hamengog is now closed. (This may be a blessing in disguise.) The Hamengogs Trail is in good repair, as is the Lake Hardy Trail above the 2nd hamengog. It is just a longer approach.

Moogie737

Moogie737 - Jul 31, 2005 11:53 am - Voted 10/10

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Brooke and I climbed from the Bear Canyon trailhead July 30, 2005, and the Corner Canyon road was still gated closed at the Orson Smith parking area. Much of the road suffered apparent erosion damage from the strong spring runoff and has not been repaired.

Reach11 - Aug 31, 2005 11:31 pm - Voted 10/10

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Still closed as of August 30 05.

Reach11 - Aug 31, 2005 11:34 pm - Voted 10/10

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Trailhead sign named as "Orson Smith", at start of dirt road.

Mike Geddes

Mike Geddes - Sep 6, 2005 2:30 pm - Hasn't voted

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The corner canyon road is closed and is not planning to open anytime soon, if you are hiking Jacobs ladder trail this adds 2.6 miles to the trip.

rmjwinters

rmjwinters - Sep 14, 2005 5:38 pm - Hasn't voted

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Interesting story behind the name...I'll have to share sometime. The change has been made.

gorignak - Dec 27, 2005 1:51 pm - Hasn't voted

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Someone mentioned to me that Jacobs Ladder is accessible via the Suncrest Housing development. That would be nice, since corner canyon road is closed. Do you know anything about this??

rmjwinters

rmjwinters - Jan 4, 2006 1:26 pm - Hasn't voted

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I last checked in late October and it wasn't. The new road that connects Alpine with Draper via Suncrest had obliterated that road. To the extent that Corner Canyon Road abruptly ends shortly before the connecting road.


As a side note Corner Canyon has been closed due to the open space initiative that was passed as Draper City attempts to protect that area. I'll be curious to see what happens with future development to the east of Suncrest community.

aiadvisors

aiadvisors - Jan 6, 2006 2:33 am - Voted 10/10

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October is best for the cool weather and great colors.

gramps

gramps - Jun 26, 2007 1:42 pm - Hasn't voted

Corner Canyon Road open

I went up there this past weekend, and the corner canyon road is now open at the orson smith trailhead. It seems like the cherry canyon trail is the longest way up there, at least to get to the cirque.

Ammon Hatch

Ammon Hatch - Jan 2, 2008 6:19 pm - Voted 10/10

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