Thanks for the info. When I get some time, I want to put up other routes like Alpine, Bells Canyon and Big Willow.
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.
Still closed as of August 30 05.
Interesting story behind the name...I'll have to share sometime. The change has been made.
what name are you referring to? what is the story? I'd like to hear it. I love this area.
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??
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.
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.
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.
Trailhead sign named as "Orson Smith", at start of dirt road.
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.
October is best for the cool weather and great colors.
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.
The google earth KMZ has a broken link