But it wasn't. I would like to thank my friend Robert for making sure we did this section in total darkness, at 2:30am, so that I couldn't see how long and unappealing this section was. I was considering giving in and heading back, concerned that the entire trip would look like this scrub oak hell when we emerged into a meadow. Which I did not see as much as feel, the open space could literally be felt. We summited about 10:30 am, no record breaking pace to be sure. Someone was up there just finishing scrubbing off some graffiti. In the end, it was all worth it. Until we went back down Jacob's Ladder. In the daylight, it is no better. Buddy had bloody feet, but I escaped with nothing more than tired legs.
Collapsing rotten sugar snow underneath snowshoes in March. 1/4 mile an hour at the upper cirque. Winter snow conditions must be wind-blasted ribs or sun-baked exposed rocks in late winter for this route to go.
Started up through Jacob's Ladder with my good friend Eric (imontop) and another friend. It was a beautiful hike. Trees, water, snow, scrambling and an impressive peak with 650+ foot drops on three of the four sides. Will do it again for sure
I love this mountain, I'm lucky to live so close
Hit the Cherry Canyon Trail around midnight with Daniel and his golden retrievers Belle and Timber. Made it to the summit around 6am, hung out for an hour watching the sunrise, a cold, beautiful experience. Followed the drainage directly below the cirque on the way back, but then Daniel decided to take a bushwhack back to the trail. Not fun. Miraculously found the trail again just below the stream crossing and was back at the car around 11am. An awesome way to end the summer the day before school restarted.
Summited via Jacobs Ladder with Sp'er Aldocious and another friend. Wow! Beautiful place. There is definately some "airy" spots on that final ridge.
Started at the Cherry Cyn Trailhead, hiked to the log cabin. Followed a trail behind the cabin to the ridge, dropped down and followed trail markers to the next ridge, made the mistake and descended into the gully then followed it up to the ridge. Easier to stay high above the gully and traverse across to the ridge (what I did on the return trip).
Started up the Jacob's Ladder trail about sunrise. From the cirque, we went south and then back up to the summit. This added some distance but gave us some good views of mountain goats. After our rest at the top, we dropped down into Bell Canyon which looked amazing with its fall colors. Reached the car after dark.
08/05/06 Jan lead Brewster and I up his own route in the dark. Great time.
This was the last thing I did before I got married. Very cool mountain.
Jacobs Ladder variation.
I climbed this peak for the 5th time on August 10, 2007. This time we started at the Cherry Canyon logging trail starting at the new Orson Hyde trail head at 0800. It took us about 4.5 to get to outlaw cabin, and about another 2.5 to get on top of the summit. This is a very long route, but very scenic. I do not recommend doing this hike alone. During the hot summer months, I recommend taking at least 1.5 gallons of liquid with you because there is only one spring on the mountain if you do the bear canyon route. I usually will freeze 3 32oz bottles of Poweraid, and take 3 more 32 oz bottles and water in my pack and work them through the day. I can’t emphasis enough, take plenty of water. I have been on this mountain 5 times from different routes and it always is a mountain that deserves care and respect. The final approach to the summit is very technical and tricky and not for the faint of heart. It is a project to climb this mountain from any route, but you will be glad you did. The views are spectacular. Coming off the mountain, we thought we were in the wrong canyon, but fortunately with good maps, land nav skills and a GPS locator, we got back on track. It got dark on us. We went back down the bear canyon trail, and the view of the valley was wonderful. On the way down, we met several night hikers coming up. We finally got back to the vehicle about midnight. Lone Peak is one of my favorite hikes because of its views, difficulty to access, and unique summit.
It is now December 7, 2010 and I would like to do this one again in July or August of 2011. Bo be in shape for this is a blessing.
Here is my 2004 Log.
I have summited this peak 4 times and attempted 5 different times. The first time I went up, I learned a valuable lesson, and that is to carry enough water. 4 of the 5 times, I have taken the Jacob's ladder trail. It is an unrelentless accent and a rocky scramble to the top. The peak is very exposed in some areas near the top. The Summit is about the size a large kitchen table. The view is spectacular. I want to return to this summit again this year and pay tribute to my friends Trent & Lexy Pabst whom were killed by lightning two years ago. I worked at the same place they did and it was sad and shocking to see them go so suddenly. I want to get back to the top of this summit and remember them again. This summit is also approachable from the Alpine side. This approach is somewhat shorter, but the same type of hike. Very rugged, but the view is well worth the climb.
07/20/09---- via Cherry Canyon Logging Trail
10/16/10---- via Bells Canyon part of Hematoma Quad.
4/23/11----- via Big Willow...Almost... Came within 32 vertical feet of the summit, but the big bad rock was heavily corniced. We turned around
5/5/11------ via the NE Face. Came up Bells and down Willow with Utah Outsiders
02/04/12---- via Cherry Canyon Logging Trail w/ the Wasatch Mountain club. Started @ 6:15, Top at 12:57 (30 mins spent on the ridge) Left the Top at 13:08. Back to the car at 16:20.
06/28-30/12----- Hiked into the Cirque via Jacob's Ladder. 6/29 Climbed to the summit via Open Book (5.7) lead pitch 2&4. 6/30 Climbed the Lowe Route (5.8) on Question Mark Wall lead pitch 1&3, then traverse over to the south and main summit.
08/04/13 via Jacob's Ladder. Climbed Center Thumb, Lowe Route and Triple Overhangs
00/00/14 Hiked to the Cirque with Natasha camped and proposed
07/11-12/14 Hiked into the Cirque and climbed the Lowe Route with Natasha the next day. Natasha said she didn't want to go the true summit so I was a good husband and descended with her but I'm going to claim a summit because I earned the vert after she separated from me on the way out and got lost because she didn't want to go down Jacob's Ladder, So I hike back up Jacob's and found her adding an extra 3500 ft to my day.
2nd Attempt, almost as disastrous as the first although we summitted this time! Very warm day for October. Such a cool mountain. We ran/scrambled up from Jacob's ladder in 2 1/2 hours. Getting down was another story as we wanted to go down the Bear Canyon route---somehow we missed it (to the North) and after 3 hours of bushwacking and downclimbing some crazy crap we finally ended up in Sandy (Saw Mill trail) at a Bonneville Shoreline Trailhead. The others had had enough so Danny Moody and I (Golden) ran back on the BST to the car we had in Draper at the Orson Smith Trailhead. Pretty awesome but I would love to actually have a successfully planned trip on this mountain! If anyone knows exactly what Canyon we came down to come out at the "Saw Mill Trail" I'd love to know---please contact me.
Climbed it twice. Recommend sunblock, as gets pretty toasty.Look forward to seeing some Mtn goats. Breathtaking views. One of my fav. climbs.
Did this a couple years ago with a group of friends. long hike but worth the exposure and views at the top
Long hike from the American Fork side. Really beautiful. Climbed Vertical Smile 5.10a with friends to the summit! Even though the hike is a brute the basin at the top is incredible.
03/12/10: via Orson Smith/Cherry Canyon
Have climbed a few times. Via Jacob's Ladder and Bear Canyon. Got 8 stitches on my inner thigh thanks to some scree the last time
I loved the summit, cool peak