Had planned a prudent alpine start, but trouble finding the trailhead put me on the dirt at just about 645 AM.
Maybe one of the more scenic runs I've had in recent memory. Sage brush and scrub oak yields to spruce and pine, making it almost feel like the Sierras in a miniature.
A few poor route-finding decisions in the boulder fields and meadows (read: too many cairns) thwarted my attempt to make the summit in under 2h30 minutes. Oh well. I basked on the summit much longer than is my custom and made it back to car in 5h.
Thinking next time I will surprise a climbing group with a harness and a hangdog expression and see if they'll pity-belay me up the "fun" stuff.
First time to Lone Peak Cirque, two day trip. Hiked in from Alpine so we could hit a spring due to no water in the cirque. Approach was steep and at times very dusty, saw a rattler on the way out. Despite all that, excellent views, excellent rock, awesome time! Lowe route is classic all the way from the comfy belays to the easy descent. My husband was nice enough to give me all the good leads :) Scramble over to the top was quick and easy. Highly recommended way for climbers to hit the top.
Went up Jacob's Ladder with a co-worker. Even though it was my sixth trip to the summit and my eighth time hiking Lone Peak, I still managed to allow us to get a bit off on the way back down. We ended up far to the south, and had to do some grueling uphill climbing to get back on the trail that heads west out to the steep descent down Jacob's Ladder. We probably added a 1000 feet of extra climbing and descending to our trip, but we had a great time, and our fast time to the summit allowed us to have a bit of leeway on the trip down.
Started at the trail head in Alpine, and took the climbers trail from the spring (carried water to the cirque), won't do that again. Amazing place, amazing rock. Climbed the Lowe Route (highly recommended) with my rope gun wife. Route was great bottom to top with comfy belays. Scrambled over to the top and a great down climb/rap back to camp. Three BIG stars!
Jacob's Ladder trail is ugly - nice after the junction w/ Draper Ridge.
Summit scramble was fun but a bit of a letdown. I think the exposure and difficulty are overemphasized although it is a long day. The summit is certainly exposed. Camera took a tumble off the summit and landed on a ledge below, mostly intact!
About 7 hr round trip - summited in 3:40.
Very grateful to have been able to climbs this.
Finally decided to hit Lone Peak. What a great hike!
Almost completely snow-free to Enniss Peak, then almost completely snow to the summit. A nice climb, which I would probably do often if I had the misfortune to live near Salt Lake. Trip report.
Around this date. Been a while. Went with the Wasatch Mountain Club so as not to get lost. One of my first great ideas when I moved to Utah was to hike Lone Peak solo without a map or any water. Coming from AZ I assumed I could handle any heat and had a lot of desert hiking under my belt, but I have become wiser after that day. And also tougher. Surprising so many make it up there as so many get lost, but a grand summit to be certain and one I'd like to go up and camp near the cirque of one spring when there is still snowmelt to collect and drink. Very dry in late summer. Go early.
You can see your vehicle for miles coming down. So close.... yet so far away.
via Jacob's Ladder with WMC group.
January 31 2015: my first winter ascent (again WMC). Real winter mountaineering! From Orson Smith TH and back (Draper Ridge): 12 hr day. Thanks to Moogie737 for organizing this hike!
Great trip up Jacobs Ladder. Very few other hikers and awesome views to SL and Utah counties.
My sister and I took the Jacob's Ladder route up and down for a great Labor Day hike. There were plenty of pleasant hikers on the trail, and everyone had an enjoyable time at the summit.
I expected at least 10-12 hours to do the hike, but we finished in barely over 8. Not bad for a couple of casual hikers!
This hike is a great workout! I'm curious...has anyone worn a BodyBug to measure how many calories you burned? It's got to be an impressive amount of calories, even starting the hike at the higher Jacob's Ladder trail head.
Such an amazing mountain, the granite formations were amazing and the scramble to the summit was fun. Definitely my favorite of the seven peaks. If you climb Lone Peak on a hot summer day make sure to bring lots of water and stash water on the trail so you do end up like me and have to descend Jacobs ladder in 100 degrees with no water.
Long hike. Very exposed on the top. So much fun. Beautiful views, meadows, and granite rocks!
2/11/2016 Hiked up with Michael Hannan as part of his scouting effort before his weekend WMC hike. Great conditions on the way up made for a quick ascent. By early afternoon it got very warm, near 50, and conditions on the hike out were a bit slushy in the melting snow. Awesome winter ascent on a clear, warm day.
9/15/2013 Via Cherry/ Bear Canyons past the Outlaw Cabin to the granite rock formations known as the "Half Pipe". Followed the ridge from there up and down to the summit. 7th ascent and I don't think I've gone the same way twice.
1/26/2013 Winter ascent with the Wasatch Mountain Club. First ascent of Lone Peak in the winter. Truly an amazing experience. The approach was by way of Cherry Canyon to Enniss Peak and on.
10/14/2012 Via Jacobs Ladder. Climbed with WMC. A fair amount of snow on the trail and summit ridge made for an exciting climb.
7/28/2012 Via Cherry Canyon Logging Trail/ Bear Canyon.
6/29/2012 Via Jacobs Ladder.
10/1/2011 Via Jacobs Ladder.
8/14/2000 Via Jacobs Ladder. As part of a backpack with my dad.
June 1, 2012: Went up Big Willow drainage, ended up going to far up the drainage and not turning right after the snowcone. The North ridge at 9,900 - 10,400 was/is sketchy. Beautiful drainage to ascend, lots of nice lines to play with in winter.
June 22, 2012: Scouted Jacob's ladder trail midweek and did an overnight trip Fri/Sat. Made it up to Outlaw cabin by crossing the small ridge, woke up and got back on Jacob's ladder trail. Ascended NW ridge, lot of exposure but generally a safe route if you're sure-footed. Great views, great challenge. Will plan on basing some ski touring out of the Cabin in winter!
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