Woke up at 6:00 AM this morning. Drove to the Orson Smith trailhead in Draper. I was on the trail by 7:00 AM. It got hot really fast. I made it to the peak by noon. I played on the peak for an hour or two (calling friends and family to boast, of course) then headed down. Let's just say I took a somewhat 'unconventional' route down the mountain, but I made it OK. Boy, the west side of this mountain is a SCORCHER on a hot summer day. Coming down that part of the mountain was fairly unpleasant. I was down by 5:45, IIRC.
On the plus side, I didn't run into any rattlesnakes. Seems like I can't go on a hike these days without running into one.
The Bear/Cherry Canyon route is long and it gains a lot of elevation. (6000-something feet?)
I was a young buck (19) taking my even younger cousin (14). This was our first attempt at summiting anything! I had wanted to summit this peak since I was ~11. We went up Jacob's Ladder and down Draper Ridge. We were both EXHAUSTED after, what we thought was, a grueling hike. It was a beautiful hike and, to this day, Lone Peak is my Favorite summit!
It was gratifying to be with good friends, old and new, to bag this baby one more time.
Here's the log:
4/26/08, 3/23/08, 1/26/08, 9/19/07, 8/1/07, 4/14/07, 1/20/07, 11/26/06, 9/10/06, 8/19/06, 7/29/06, 6/24/06, 4/16/06, 3/1/06, 1/22/06, 10/8/05, 8/31/05, 7/30/05, 6/25/05, 1/22/05, 11/17/04, 10/13/04, 9/18/04, 7/25/04, 6/12/04, 5/8/04, 4/24/04, 3/21/04, 2/14/04, 10/22/03, 10/11/03, 9/1/03, 8/12/03, 5/24/03, 1/26/03, 12/14/02, 10/12/02, 8/11/02, 7/24/02, 6/15/02, 5/2/02, 3/31/02, 11/10/01, 9/19/01, 6/6/01, 4/18/01, 1/6/01, 10/25/00, 10/15/00, 7/26/00, 6/28/00, 4/4/00, 1/15/00, 10/31/99, 10/6/99, 8/10/99, 6/30/99, 5/8/99, 3/24/99, 10/24/98, 8/19/98, 7/14/98, 6/14/98, 5/2/98, 9/13/97, 8/21/97, 7/29/97, 6/21/97, 5/10/97, 4/19/97, 11/14/96, 10/18/96, 9/25/96, 8/27/96, 6/16/96, 5/16/96, 5/13/96, 4/6/96, 1/14/96, 10/11/95, 8/12/95, 7/11/95, 6/25/95, 5/28/95, 9/28/94, 8/19/94, 7/17/94, 6/23/94, 5/7/94, 7/7/91, 6/16/91, 8/12/90, 6/16/90, 10/14/89, 6/17/89, 10/20/85, 8/18/85, 7/11/81, ?/?/72, ?/?/71.
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.
I have starred at this mountian for a number of year and finally I stood on top. So beautiful!
Beautiful snowshoe to the top of this beautiful peak. The weather was gorgeous (if a bit windy), and the terrain was amazing. I think I liked it better in winter than in summer, despite the additional effort required.
Climbed with tatwood. long, steep hike, but there are some stunning sights to make it all worth it.
Lots of icy areas, but we made the top with some snowshoes. Quite a fun hike, although it took forever.
A wonderful climb very exposed but of 5.7 ,5.8 dificulty.Just of a high quality and classic climb first led by Jeff Lowe.First climbed Lone Peak right up a 5.6 route of the center of Lone Peak in 1982
Loved it! One of my favorite climbs. We came up via Schoolhouse Springs, and climbed about 6,000 verticle feet. Had to walk a ways to get to the Lone Peak Wilderness trailhead sign at the lower Hamongog. I brought 5 liters of water, and drank it all by the time we got back down to the upper Hamongog. And that was on a cool day. There is a small stream there, though a little hard to find the water. Took about 13 hours. Saddle from south to real summit looks scarier than it is:) Lots of fun.
Up and down in under 6hrs from Jacobs Ladder. Slept in in little to long so it was hotter n' hell out there but real fun.
Your fast as lightening!
did the jacob's ladder. Great time. skied the hill back down.
July 1, 2016 I hiked up to the 2nd Hamongog and set up a camp. Shortly I was join by Peter, Ryan and three of Ryans friends. Next day I took Ryans three friend to the summits.
Jacobs Ladder June 28, 2012 - Hiked up to the cirque with five friends. Spent the next two days rock climbing. Did the Open Book Route on the main summit wall and the Lowe Route on Question Mark Wall. Hiked out on the third day. Summited the main peak twice, as well as the south and west peaks.
May 5, 2011 - A group of seven of us went up Bells to the NE Coulior. Climbed the Coulior to the peak and then descended via Big Willow. Round trip took 11 hours.
Cherry Canyon/Draper Ridge -- March 2, 2010. Began at the Orson Smith Park on the Bear Canyon trail (aka Cherry Canyon Logging Trail). After the Mahogany tunnel we moved onto the Draper Ridge route, and followed that past Enos(?) peak, to Cowboy flat, into the cirque and then up the NW ridge to the peak.
Aug 23, 2007 - Schoolhouse Springs trail. We started in Alpine on the Schoolhouse Springs trail, which starts as a dirt road up to the first hamongog where the Lone Peak Wilderness area begins. Took 1.5 hours to cover that section. Then we followed the single track trail to the second hamongog (which took just under an hour). A little ways past the seond hamongog we headed strait up the mountain following a faint trail next to a creek bed. Eventually we had to route find to the saddle of the West and South Peaks. We arrived at the saddle after 5.5 hours. First we bagged the West Peak, then the South Peak, and lastly the North Peak(highest). Bagging all three peaks, and returning to our car in Alpine took 13 hours.
Here is our video on the North Peak: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woNgsCr1TZc (notice in the video I incorrectly call the North Peak the South Peak and vice versa)
I was stupid to have picked this mountain for my first summit let alone the Jacob's Ladder route. It was incredibly hard but well worth the effort. You can find out all about my efforts in the trip report section called: How NOT to climb Jacob's Ladder.
Best summit I've done in the Wasatch so far, and maybe ever. Took Jacob's ladder route, camped in the meadows near the Draper Ridge Junction and summited Saturday morning. Although a longer route, I think I prefer the Cherry Canyon trail to Jacob's Ladder Route.
Climbed 2 times:
July 21, 2007 Up Jacobs Ladder with some friends.
August 1, 2007 With Grizz and Asher as our final peak in our series from N. Thunder to S. Thunder to Bighorn and finally here. We were racing the imminent electrical storm as we hiked up to the summit of Lone Peak and were only permitted by our best sense to stay on top for a few minutes. We descended the Cherry Canyon trail and I was rejuvenated by the spring in Bear Canyon. It was the best water I have ever tasted.
Man, it is super dry up there this year. There was some non-flowing water in the main drainage out of the cirque, but the snow is pretty much gone. Too bad.
Other than that, the hike was fantastic. Saw some mountain goats, and three bucks. Bugs were nonexistent for the most part.
Pics here: http://www.danransom.com/TripReports/?p=112
My 4th time at the summit. (date ?) 5+15 up. Breezy day. Great company with Brent, Kim and Lana. From the Outlaw Cabin meadow we stayed north in the drainage and eventually contoured on the north side of granite cliffs until intercepting a saddle which allowed us to gain the summit ridge at about 10,300'. The last few dozen yards of climb, the summit scramble, are fabulous! #5 on 11-13-07. Snow above 9,000'. Tricky places on the last 200 yards of the summit ridge. Thanks to Dave, Christine & Lana for a rewarding 9.5 hours r/t. 4-26-08 Ascent #6 to help mtn rnr celebrate his 100th ascent of this remote and very snowy mountain. Congrats, Grizz! We were 5+35 up and less than 4 hrs down. Tons-I mean tons-of snow. 6-24-08 Ascent #7 w/ special friends. 9+30 r/t - fabulous conditions w/ plenty of consolidated snow above cowboy camp. #8 7-25-08 from the Bells Canyon, up a snow-filled chute and popped out on the ridge about 1/4 mile east of the top of the Big Willow Canyon headwall. From there bagged not only Lone Peak but also Upper Bells Peak w/ Dave & Brent. Marvelous fun! #9 on 2-3-09 w/ Brent, Dave & Christine. The final 25 yards were too risky to do without protection, but we called it good. 6+15 up, 4+15 down. Bluebird day. #10 2-21-09 Oh, just another fabulous climb on a fabulous day with great people. Thanks to Zeejay, Mockba, Grizz, Joe, Dave, Lee & Shelley. 6+00 up 3+30 down. Hairy summit ridge cornices to say the least. #11 6-9-09 w/ Dave. Big Willow headwall route and got snowed on during our descent (this is June 9th?). 4+30 up 3+25 out. One of the more satisfying ascents of this rugged peak. #12 6-16-09 w/ Brent, Dave & Christine. The chute to the notch overlooking Big Willow headwall was awesome. 6+30 up 3+30 out. Plenty of snow, still. #13 4-27-10 W/ ZeeJay, Christine & Dave. Howling winds up Big Willow but light breezes on top - weird. A little of everything: boots, snowshoes & crampons. Tricky the final 100 yards, tricky but doable if one used caution. :) #14 8-3-10 W/ Brent, Dave & John 5+03 up 3+56 down. #15 10-16-10 W/ Dave via "Brent's couloir." 5+28 up Bagged Upper Bells Peak also. #16 2-12-11 W/ WMC ZeeJay, Dave, Jeff, Sharon & Glen. 6+56 up, 3+59 down. As usual, the final 150' were, shall we say, interesting, especially the slithering under the overhang of the big, bad boulder. 1-31-12 To the crux with Dave & Sam. #17 2-4-12 W/ WMC members; annual trek; six others made it with me as ZeeJay blazed a nifty bootpack over and through the crux to the icy summit block. Bluebird day. #18 11-6-12 Solo from Enniss Pass (w/ Brent to there). Fantastic day. Some snow, but not enough to make anything dangerous. You don't get many ops in November to climb this peak under these favorable conditions. #19 1-26-13 WMC annual winter ascent. Eight reached the snowy summit in the clouds with low visibility. 7+25 up #20 9-3-13 W/Brent. Over Enniss Pk going & coming, 5+06 up, 3+48 down. #21 1-25-14 WMC annual winter ascent; 8 reached the summit on a bluebird day. 6+00 up #22 6-28-14 Helped lead a WMC trek up. 4+39 up. Ja, IVD sehr. #23 9-23-14. Solo 4+09 up, 3+04 down (over Enniss Pk both ways.). IVD. #24 1-31-2015. With WMC (5 at the true summit). #25 6-9-15 Solo. Nice ribbon of consolidated snow on the north summit ridge. Almost no snow from the crux up. #26 6-16-15 5+57 up; bagged Enniss Pk both ways. IVD #27 2-11-16 W/ Sam Grant 6+30 up, warm sunny day. Crux a bit hairy. 4+04 down into the crappy inversion. #28 2-13-16 WMC annual winter hike. 6+13 up including going over Enniss Pk. Windy but tolerable with a strong group. #29 6-17-16 W/ Lana. Lost wrist watch between the crux and the summit! Aargh. But the entire climb was otherwise fabulous. Lots of lingering snow in the cirque. #30 6-23-16 W/ Signe Gines. Via the Outlaw Cabin route. Later found that a friend had gone up and found my lost watch from a week ago. I believe in miracles. #31 11-4-16 W/ Lana. Normal trail. Some splotchy snow above 10,500'. #32 11-8-16 Solo. Via Jacob's Ladder for first time. Over Enniss Peak going and coming. #33 11-12-16 W/ Lana, Broc & Jenny. Up 5+20 Breezy, cool, sunny. Amazing day for this late in November. #34 10-4-17 To celebrate Anne's birthday. With Anne, Greg, Nancy & Brent. 6+12 up. A bit dicey up high. #35 5-4-18 W/ Lana & Nancy. 8+05 up, oodles of soft snow but no wind. Tough. #36 7-14-18 W/ Nancy Martin. 5+30 from JL TH. Lana climbed top 10,900'. T-storm threat held us for 25 minutes while we waited for the threat to go away. #37 10-27-18 Solo from OS TH. Beautiful day, 4 others up there from the JL TH. Used microspikes for the crux and was happy to have them. A few sketchy sections with the leftover snow hiding handholds, etc. #38 09-13-19 W/ Lana & Chris Johnson. 7+23 up. Pockets of snow, 3"-4" deep, above 9,000' following season's 1st snow on Wednesday (today is Friday the 13th!) From O.S. TH.
This was my first peak involving exposed scrambling. I have always gotten vertigo from exposure, and my first attempt of Lone Peak was a failure: I made it to the ridge and got too freaked out (I was 14 yrs old). I have since climbed it four times to make up for that, and this got me started in my lifelong love for hiking.
All my climbs began with Jacob's ladder, but I haven't gone the same way twice from there. Once, stayed west of the Cirque's west ridge until topping out about where I understand the Cherry Canyon trail does, butt-scooted down a steep solid-rock chute, and joined the usual route from there. I've taken various routes within the Cirque (including boulder-hopping down the streambed) and from the Cirque to the ridge.
Sep. 1994 - failed
July 1996 - first success
some time in summer 1997 or 1998
June 1999 - some leftover snowbridges on summit ridge
Sep. 2011 - introducing my wife and a friend to it