Hard work to get there but all worth it once you hit the granite. Rattlesnake on the trail. Seeing the West face from I-15 just doesn't give you any idea how huge that thing is.
Finally did this peak that has been haunting me my whole life. It was the hardest mountain I have done yet, but in every way it was worth it. Perfect time of year to do it. The weather was very cool. About the Little Willow descent: I did this in an attempt to find the most direct descent. Overall, it was faster than going back down Bear Canyon, but there were a lot of obsticles and route finding involved for the majority of the descent. Not easy. I think I'd rather do a big willow descent, but the talus turns me off from that.
Been to the cirque via this route two additional times with no summit. Descended bear canyon both those times.
4/26/08 - via Big Willow
8/01/09 - Up Jacob's Ladder, Down Little Willow (never again)
Also climbed on July 12 2004 via Jacobs Ladder. Honestly, I didn't think the BC route was any easier than the Ladder. Very windy on top!
It was a long hike but a good hike. It was crazy at the summit because of static electricity in the air, our hair was standing up on end and when we pulled the camera out to take a picture we could hear the electricity passing through it. Needless to say we didn't spend much time on the summit. I disagree with many and feel that Lone Peak is not one of the more exciting climbs in the wasatch, at least not from the routes I have taken.
I had been wanting to climb Lone Peak for a long time. I always thought it was such a cool mountain. We started early in the morning and hiked up Bear Canyon Trail. We reached Outlaw Cabin pretty fast. We got to the cirque and hiked up to the summit ridge. The knife-edge ridge wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. It was fun scrambling. We stayed on top and took pictures before we headed back down. It's a long hike but definitely worth it. I don't understand why the route from Alpine has such a bad reputation. I thought it was very enjoyable.
Easily the coolest summit in the Wasatch. From Bells Canyon was a long day, but fun - picking our way along the rugged north ridge. 1 short rap was required over one easy 5th class drop.
Though the details of the climb have faded with time, I made it to the summit via Bells Canyon on the first and only time I attempted to climb this mountain. Ronald DeWaal set out with me but fell behind. I attained the summit boulders well before he did. I had left the summit and was on my way down when I heard a loud whoop and looked across the way to see Ronald standing atop the summit boulder. He had tried to climb Lone Peak a couple of times previously and was ecstatic that he had finally made it. Whoopie!
I own a burial plot in the cemetary of Alpine. When I finally pass from this world, I hope to be buried below Lone Peak next to my pioneer forebears.
Started in Alpine at the trail to the First Hamongog. Very difficult route. Not technical, just physically exhausting. Hike to the "twin peak" then traverse to the true summit. Some of the best views in the Wasatch. Well worth it!
Long day trek, really bad weather severe over cast and strong cold winds. This has to be one of my favorite peaks in Utah for the scenery alone. Left for the summit at 8:00 am and made it back to the car at 4:00pm.
This was the final peak of the day, after starting out in Coalpit Gulch. Joe Bullough and I climbed N & S Thunder Mountains, Bighorn Pk, and Lone Pk before descending Bear Canyon to end our 12 hr 'stroll' in the Wasatch. :-)
Everything about this route is just painful.
This is my favorite peak in the Wasatch. The cirque is AWESOME and it is amazing that you can have this type of alpine experience so close to SLC. Had a close encounter with a cougar at the top of Draper ridge in 97. This is the first "real" peak that I attempted (1990) and the experience made me hooked for life! (See trip report)
3/13/09 Winter ascent with Matthew Van Horn via Cherry Canyon. This was one of the best days I have ever had in the Wasatch. 7 hours up. The ridge was very dodgy and just after the ‘Big Bad Rock’ the steep snow was very windblown with a HUGE cornice on the other side. I elected to stop, while Matt got the balls of steel award for the day by getting to the summit.
1/25/2015- Winter ascent. Finally hit the summit in winter.
6/10/16- Big Willow cirque. The top of the cirque was a loose sketchy mess.
I live in WI and have never climbed Lone Peak. Planning on being there middle april 07. Do I need crampons, ice axe, snowshoes, ect?
This was the first of the really big Wasatch mountains that I climbed, and also my favorite. I probably could have used some trekking poles on the relentlessly steep climb up (and down) Jacob's Ladder. It's an epic climb, and definitely worth it.
Nice winter climb. Nice in summer too.
First time on the peak was September 1982 at eight years old.
Failed on a Draper Ridge attempt, but summited via Jacobs Ladder in '93. Steep, hot, dry approach, but the final scramble is thrilling...high exposure! Wonderful summit block, tiny, big drop-offs. One of, if not THE classic peak of the Wasatch.
Great 6 hour climb to the top. 100% snow cover began suddenly at 8,800 feet. The climb up the 800ft high cirque was impressive. The slope got up to 45-50 degrees, with solid scrambling on granite averaging an even steeper slope higher up before the final mixed climbing along the ridgeline.
Wonderful trip to the top - my second time. It was a perfectly clear day - views were great.