This was my first time up Lone Peak. This is a fantastic route. I started early to avoid as much of the heat as possible,as this is a South facing slope. There was complete solidarity. I didn't see a single other person from top to bottom. A few light rain showers and clouds made for some awesome pictures on the way up. Was able to spend a few minutes at the summit, but the wind picked up and I saw some storm clouds coming in from the east and from across Utah Lake. As such, I decided it was best to make haste down the mountain, and I was able to reach my car without being rained on.
Enjoyed the ascent of Lone Peak with a friend on a calm, clear Friday in summer (19 August).
The Jacob's Ladder trail was steep from Lone Rock to Draper Ridge, then quite pleasant up to the cirque. It was easy to get somewhat off course near the cirque, however, as there were cairns all over marking multiple routes (the lowest probably guides you to the climbing routes in the cirque, but I'm not sure). On the descent we did better, finding the best way down located high on the northern side of the drainage.
The scrambling on the final ridge was fun, though not as long as I had anticipated. It is exposed, but the Class 3 holds were big and solid, and there was plenty of room to maneuver and find the safest way to the summit.
The views from the summit were spectacular, even with summer wildfire haze obscuring distant peaks and ranges.
We carried a lot of water (over a gallon each) and still ran out before arriving back at the trailhead. I'll probably take the Cherry Canyon Logging Trail in the future to take advantage of the fresh spring found on that route.
The steep descent from Draper Ridge to Lone Rock was brutal on my feet, I should have cranked down my laces or done something different with my footwear. Even though they were well trimmed, I'm in the process of losing both big toenails due to slamming the front of my shoes. Oh well, it was a great day and absolutely worth it.
I'd list the steep section down from Draper Ridge to Lone Rock as another reason to perhaps choose the Cherry Canyon route over Jacob's Ladder.
Successfully summitted on a nice cool Labor Day. Exceeded my expectations! I was in my first actual summer of peak-bagging and was really challenged by this one. Ran out of water on the descent (pack more than 3L for this hike!)
Went up with Ken Little and hung out on top for quite some time...such an incredible day up there. Wanted to set the descent record down. Unfortunately hyper dorsi-flexed my ankle 3 minutes off the summit (still not running over a week later now) and hobbled my way for a couple miles, 20 and 15 minutes respectively. Ankle started to work better as the terrain eased and I made it down in 1:25. Wondering what I could do healthy!
Woke up at 9:30, which was fortunate since the couloir was icy for others who were up early. Set up a new route adjacent to Open Book called Kewa (5.10a). Finished the last 2 pitchs via Open Book with Duc and Matt. Bluebird day! Returned to the trailhead at 10:30 pm.
Nice scramble to the top.
Climbed 16 times:
2/13/16 - Strong group with the Wasatch Mountain Club.
9/26/15 - Via Cherry Canyon. Shorts and T-shirt in late September.
10/16/10 - First peak of the Hematoma Quad with Jake and Matt.
3/12/10 - A bluebird day. Did a crawl to bypass one of the summit ridge rocks. It wasn't pretty but it worked.
2/20/09 - One of the nicest weather days I've ever had up there. Lots of snow on the summit - only room for one at a time.
10/18/08 - Climbed with Robert and Matt. Our original plan was to climb via the Orson Smith TH / Cherry Canyon trail, but there was a lot of snow on the upper mountain so we contoured over to Draper Ridge to complete the hike. Super nice day.
08/02/08 - Climbed from Bells Canyon with Robert. Peak #1 of the Hematoma Quad.
04/26/08: First ascent via Big Willow route. Celebrated Grizz's 100th ascent of the peak.
01/20/07: Winter ascent with the Wasatch Mountain Club via Cherry Canyon. Skies were totally clear entering the cirque but deteriorated to near-whiteout conditions on the summit, and snowed during the entire descent. Trip Report.
07/29/06 - Solo hike via Bells Canyon. Climbed North Thunder first, then traversed over South Thunder and Bighorn to Lone. Descended by backtracking to the Lone/Bighorn saddle, then dropped back into Bells Canyon.
01/22/06 - First winter ascent of the peak with the Wasatch Mountain Club, via Cherry Canyon/Draper Ridge. Low lying clouds down low, but crystal clear skies from the cirque on up. Beautiful day. Trip Report.
10/16/04 - Final peak of the day, after ascending Coalpit Gulch to North Thunder Mountain, then making the traverse to South Thunder and Bighorn. Descended via Cherry Canyon.
08/07/04 - Climbed solo via Cherry Canyon, then traversed over Bighorn, South Thunder, Chipman, and finished with the Pfeifferhorn. I began the hike with delusions of going all the way to Snowbird, but I wimped out upon reaching the Pfeifferhorn and descended down Red Pine Canyon.
07/01/04 - Climbed solo via Cherry Canyon, a much more pleasant route than my two previous ascents.
08/23/03 - via Draper Ridge (yuck). Badly overgrown and eroded trail down low, but we miraculously managed to stay on route.
09/03/00 - First ascent of the peak, via Jacob's Ladder. Got off route early but eventually got back on the trail. Nice to finally get on top after thinking about it for many years.
Climbed via Jacob's Ladder - the wind up at the cirque was awful but calmed down at the ridge and on the summit. Beautiful hike and wonderful views down to the Salt Lake and Provo valleys.
Jacob's Ladder - 09/05/2015
We studied several possible routes for this hike and settled on ascending via the Jacobs Ladder Trail and descending via the Cherry Canyon Logging Trail. I will provide a more detailed trip report in the reports section, but here are some bullet points for those seeking some quick info:
- our route was longer than expected -- 17 miles round trip (details in trip report)
- many hikers advise that you carry more water than you will think you need. Wise advice! (details in trip report)
- There was snow from about 10,000 feet up. We hit it late in the morning when the sun had turned it soft; hikers who arrived at the snow fields much earlier turned back because it was too hard and treacherous to traverse; my taller/heavier climbing partner post-holed to his shins frequently, while I sunk only a few inches most of the time
- I'm an experienced hiker, but a lowlander -- I flew in from my home at 900 feet the day before -- so I hiked slowly -- about 11 hours. Our local well-acclimated companion probably could have knocked off the hike much more quickly if he wasn't waiting for me
- the true scramble (and best part of this hike) begins about 800 feet below the summit elevation. It's incredible if you (like me) have a foolishly absent fear of heights, a little scary if you're nervous about making rock climbing moves without ropes with giant exposures on either side, and probably absolutely terrifyingly un-doable if you have a genuine fear of heights.
- the Jacob's Ladder Trail is very well marked all the way to the cirque (bowl) that lies immediately below the final peak; the Cherry Canyon Logging Trail is far less obvious except at lower elevations. We used GPX tracks that I found online, which were very helpful
June 2015 Last peak of WURL
01/24/2015 Large group of 18 reached the upper mountain, 10 summiters
11/28/2014 With bro Peter
01/18/2014 Winter snowshoe ascent; group of nine - 5 of us reached the summit boulder; 9:23 hours round trip
09/21/2013 Big Willow ascent 2:43 to summit; traverse to Upper Bells, S Thunder, Chipman, Pfeifferhorn, descent Red Pine
01/26/2013 Winter ascent with WMC
11/03/2012 Cherry Canyon, Bear Canyon to summit
09/22/2012 Cherry Canyon - Bear Canyon 2:52 to summit
08/11/2012 Cherry Canyon logging trail, Bear Canyon; 2:55 to summit and 4:39 round trip. 15 miles
02/04/2012 Blue Bird
10/16/2010 via Bells canyon, climbed up to the notch between Bells and upper Big Willow canyon. With Joesph Bullough and Jacob Moon. From Lone, we traversed to Bighorn Peak, then to South and North Thunders (Hematoma Quad).
03/12/2010 Did the belly crawl under Big Bad Rock, nice warm day
8/10/2009 Jacob's Ladder to Outlaw Cabin to Lone Peak
3/13/2009 A perfect day--there was no wind! Not even on Draper Ridge. I could have spent the entire day in short s and a t-shirt it was so pleasant up there. I climbed with Scott Wesemann by way of the Cherry Canyon trail, then connect with Draper Ridge, then through Cowboy Camp and the cirque. I was successful in summiting. This was making right the "unfinished business" from January when a group of us came oh-so-close to summiting Lone Peak in a blowing white-out.
10/18/2008 with Joe Bullough & Robert Koch on a sunny day
8/9/2008 Orson Smith TH through cirque
4/26/2008 Grizz's 100th, with Grizz, Joe B, MOCKBA, Michael H., Brent W., Ammon Hatch
1/26/2008 First winter ascent with WMC
8/1/2007 Hematoma Quad with Grizz and J. Anderson
This peak has been at the top of my suggested mountains for probably two years. It was kind of like the Harry Potter books. It was so popular that I didn't want to seem like a guy jumping on the bandwagon. But let me just say it was worth it.
Also, when they say the trail is steep, they weren't kidding. It reminded me of Borah, but much longer. The trail kind of turns into a cairn dump past Cowboy Flats, but since you can see the top you can just go whichever way you most desire.
The best part is the scrambling near the summit. It'll wake you up in the morning. I only wish it was longer. I sat on top and ate a spicy sandwich. It seems to me that spicy is the only thing I can eat when elevation chases my hunger away.
Thanks mountain, for a delightful Sunday.
Climbed from Suncrest, went up Ennis Peak on the way up. The cirque was nice. No one up that day due to the dark clouds. Rained and hailed on us near the top but still had awesome views of Salt Lake and the surrounding mountains! Also hit the South summit. Very exposed but doable.
Not certain climbing the peak 100 times or documenting it that many is more impressive. Great incentive for the rest of us and good luck on the next 100.
My Grandpa, Dad and I headed up Jacob's Ladder to check out Lone Peak. Grandpa decided to stay down lower at the Cowboy Camp area while my dad and I headed up to Lone. It was tiring hiking up into the cirque area after having gone up Jacobs Ladder. Dad gave me some of his Gu energy shots and that helped. One getting up on the ridge being able to see the other peaks to the east, and the final ridge scramble, I was happy. The ridge section to the peak was fun! Dad helped me over some spots, though I did the rest on my own. We didn't stay on the top very long because of big storm clouds over the valley. I am so happy.
The day I climbed Lone Peak via Jacob's Ladder was the same day I told my then-boyfriend, Ammon Hatch, that I love him. We're now married, and Lone Peak was on our wedding invitations and in our wedding pictures. This peak is near and dear to my heart.
1/25/2014 with WMC. Easy peasy thanks to MVH et al.
1/26/2013 With WMC. 8 people made the summit. It would have been a perfect day except that I spilled 32oz of Coke in my car on the way to the TH.
2/4/2012 With WMC including SPers Moogie737, Phenom, Mooner, Lubos, and Matthew Van Horn. Great group, great conditions, beautiful weather.
2/12/2011 With WMC. At the base of the big bad rock the snow was hollow and Dave made a hole, first unintentionally, then intentionally to get down to the crawl space to the east.
4/27/2010 Via Big Willow. Christine and I slithered. Dave and Moogie737 jumped. Conditions were great except for the nuking winds. But by some miracle they were calm on the most difficult part of the ridge.
3/12/2010 I loved the belly crawl under the overhang of the big, bad rock. Perfect day.
2/21/2009 With Dmitry, Joe, Michael, Dave, Grizz, Shelly, and Lee. A simply gorgeous day. Not windy at all. Warm but not uncomfortably so.
1/26/2008 With the WMC and summitposters. Not bad except for the big bad rock which required a big jump down and assistance up.
9/8/2007 Via Cherry Canyon Logging Trail after a 4 year absence.
9/6/2003 With WMC, led by Mohammed. Went up Big Willow and headed for the notch just S of 10561. This was not a good place to be with 12 people as the ones in the front were sending rocks down on those below. Went through the notch and traversed S a short distance to a gully that was followed to the main ridge and on to the summit. On the way down, we descended the scree slope into Big Willow Canyon. I put my hand out for balance at one point and that was enough to dislodge a large rock onto the back of my head. It knocked me over and I did a 360 but was able to hike out. Initially, I thought I should drive myself to the ER right away. Then I decided to go home and get my insurance info first. But, once I was home I figured I might as well eat and then figured I might as well take a shower, but I didn't want to mess with my head which was all bandaged up, so I didn't wash my hair. I should have because they had to do it at the hospital because I had so much blood matted in it they couldn't get through to my scalp. Also, I should note that at the hospital they separated me from my husband and grilled me to determine whether or not I was a battered wife.
8/31/2002 From Alpine. Also did Upper Bells Peak.
5/19/2001 From Alpine with MM.
10/7/2000 From Alpine with MM. Also did Upper Bells Peak.
11/23/1999 From Alpine with MM. Also did Upper Bells Peak. An awkward amound of snow.
7/17/1999 Via Draper Ridge Trail with lesdubois. It was clear on the way up, but clouds rolled in as we were descending and we were completely fogged in. Followed the wrong set of cairns and since some people would rather die than backtrack ended up doing a horrible 2 hour plus bushwhack to get to the Jacobs Ladder Trail which we followed back.
What an epic hike! We've had this peak in our sights for some time now, glad we finally made it! Amazing workout and super fun class 3-4 scrambling at the top. Met a guy up there that was kind enough to show us the best route through the scrambling section, he had summited Lone Peak 30 times! Wish I had gotten his name. Also ran into an old friend on the summit, what a day!!
We had a great trip; summited in a record time for us. I love this mountain!