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.
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.
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.
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.
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.