After just having done a 22-mile ascent of Mt. Whitney a couple weeks before, you'd think that Lone Peak would be a piece of cake. Of course, if you thought that, you would be wrong.
The difference is that Lone Peak doesn't really have much of a trail--or at least we couldn't find one. We started from Draper and pretty much bushwhacked our way all the way to the summit. We decided to take a different way down and ended up in the wrong drainage, so we had to hike up and over to another one. It ended up being a 16-mile, 13-hour ordeal.
Despite all of the bushwhacking, Lone Peak is one of my favorite hikes. The change in scenery is amazing. There's lots of scrub oak to be sure, but there are also amazing granite fields of seamless granite for a hundred feet or so. There are beautiful alpine meadows filled with green grass and wildflowers. There are breathtaking cliffs. There's a fun scramble to the summit at the top. There are evergreen forests. There are talus fields. There are slopes painted with thousands of yellow flowers. Start early and take lots of water, but definitely hike Lone Peak sometime.
Full trip report is at http://hiking.hyrumwright.org/hike/Lone_Peak
What a climb! My first spring climb of the peak. It was a blast to get out with others from SP. Climbed with SP member RDG and Lars Sundwall.
Amazing mountain, that is all I can say, and the climb up the headwall was tough yet utterly rewarding. Climbed with SP member elessar and Lars. Overall my best mountaineering experience yet.
Fighter jets from Hill Air Force Base did a flyover near the summit that was close enough to shake the ground. Great camping in the Second Hamongog, great views from the top.
Was attempting solo, and was beyond comfort zone. So turned around to try another day.
Lone peak never ceases to amaze you. I've been to the top at least six times in the summer. One attempt in the winter (Feb) cut us off short due to the thirty foot cornices on the last 200 ft of it. This year, I'll go in December to avoid them.
Been to the top 4 times once from Jacob's Ladder in Aug 2000 and then again from Big Willow (preferable though longer). Also, Cherry Canyon variation in January. My favorite is from Bells via the Bighorn Ridge, even ran up Ennis peak on the way back this time, there is actually a plaque up there.
Great time speed climbing. Great hike up Jacobs ladder
Did a lot of research on the trails and summit route's but apparently not enough on the new development in Draper. Not being familiar w/ the area and lacking time in the day I decided to simply park at 4600ft in the residential neighborhoods of Draper. Also, being unfamiliar with the mountain I did not know if there would be available water late in the summer so I carried 3 gallons of water along w/ necessary gear for a night's stay. I did this climb alone and saw no others en route. It is a beautiful cirque worth every step and every pound carried.
this trail is a nice scenic change from jacob's ladder, but it SUCKS in the way of taking so long to get to the peak. After taking the jacobs ladder route for so many years, i was kinda thrown for a loop. unfortunately didnt get to sit on the square peak but I will return next year via alpine route! the cirque was AWESOME as always though!!!!
Parked at the gate at 6:15, followed the road to the "fallen sign", started up the Jacob's ladder route. Made the summit by noon, started down and decided to look for the Outlaw cabin. Big mistake. While the Jacob's ladder route is well defined, the other routes have long stretches of straight up and down trail; where it enters the brush the trail often fades beneath the overgrowth. Never did find the cabin, next time I'll begin with it.
Long but very rewarding day. Once you get past the lower elevation desert areas, the trail is absolutely beautiful. Very steep over the long haul, but a great peak to climb.
hiked from Alpine, through 2nd Hammongog and then straight up the bowl above 2nd. Got to the south summit and scrambled to the North summit - which was the sketchiest scramble I have ever done - the drop to the east was precipitous! Great views from the top.
Hit snow about the last 1500 feet. Used snowshoes as the snow was a bit soft and you'd sink quite a bit. Easy traverse over to the true summit across a little snowfield. Left at 6:00a.m. summitted at 10:45. We're able to glissade 1000 feet with alot of moving sideways to stay in the snow. Definitley not the 3000 foot glissade we were eyeing back in early May.
We recieved some directions from mockba on a way to climb up from big willow canyon. This was early in my hiking days and we got terribly lost. My brother and I kept summiting the ridges to the north, but could not ridge walk over. We finally decided to drop down to the west by the reservoir. We pumped some water and summited out of the valley to the south above Alpine. From this direction we easily got to the top. Afterwards we dropped down below and found a cool area full of cairns. After some more exploring we came down the trail of eagles cache which has no water till the bottom. Once to the bottom we had to walk back down the shoreline tail to out cars. 19 miles R/T and 16 hours.
-06/14/07 Cherry Canyon Logging Trail. Other than one other person, had the entire trail to myself. Had the summit to myself. Route description was spot on!
-07/08/04 Finally got on top of this great mountain. Super views of Salt Lake and Utah valleys. A favorite, can't wait to get up there again!
This is one of my favorite Mountains on the Wasatch! The first time I attempted it I made it however ending with seach and rescue coming after my friends and I because worried parents thought we had gotten hurt because we really late returning home.
I have attempted twice more via Big Willow and Bear Creek but ran out of time once I reached the cirque. This mountain is an butt kicker but for some reason I always want to do it again!
Great fun!! Finally did it, took long enough. It is a killer hike with a spectacular summit. I went with Ammon Hatch who had the idea to descend Big Willow. Turned out we went down via Little Willow cause of talus. When we got to the Cabbin we decided to take a 30 minute nap then continue. We did the whole thing in about 10 hr's.
October '87 - Climbed with Danny Worwood and had to climb through some snow. One and half years later on May 13, 1989 I climbed it again with Scott Towsey. The second route seemed longer but was more fun due to all the snow and sunny conditions. Also the summit approach was more technical coming from the north rather than from the south.
Sept. 24, 2005: Up Jacobs Ladder, Down Bear Canyon. Shared an overnight campsite with deer in meadow above Jacobs Ladder. Leaving packs at camp made the summit hike a walk in the park. Fantastic overnight adventure with my son Aaron and dog Eli.
October 9, 2004: Jacobs Ladder. All day hike. 6 am to 10 pm. Cindy, Liz, Aaron, Jonathan and dog Eli all made summit by 2 pm. Visited with deer and rattler on the descent.