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
Summitted Lone Peak on a perfect Saturday afternoon. The weather was 76?F at 5:30 am when we began via Jacob's Ladder, and I feared that it would be a hot one. However clouds kept us cool throughout the hike and at the summit, I was neither hot nor cold. It was a beautiful day. I double fisted a water bottle and gatorade to make sure that I had plenty of liquid. The Gatorade was a sweet reward at the summit, and I gave half my water to Davy Crockett, a.k.a. "self-pronounced ultra marathoner". So thanks Davy for not bringing enough for yourself to help me lighten my load. I also still had a half-bladder full of water in my camelbak upon completion, so clearly, if the weather cooperates, I won't need to double fist for bloody knuckles on the rock scrambling the next time.
What a great day for Lone Peak! We were so glad that we hit the trailhead around 530am, and while Jacob's Ladder is hideous, it definitely seems to be the fastest route. We made it up to the summit and back in just under 8 hours. The last 1/4 mile of rock scrambling to the top was my favorite part. We had the summit to ourselves for about half an hour. The views were amazing! It'll be a hike I'll do again, but next time I'd like to try to climb Lone Peak via Bells Canyon.
Had a great time. Jacob's ladder lived up to it's reputation and the summit ridge too. I love the adrenalin at the top! Will definitely do this again.
Quite a lovely hike up Jacobs Ladder approach. Took the hike pretty slow but made it to the summit at around 2:00pm. Going down through Little/Big Willow may have been a mistake (more bushwhacking than expected), but overall a splendid trip. Glad to finally make it -- this mountain has taunted me for many years. Went with Ammon Hatch
Difficult climb. Tougher than I expected. We did the Jacob's Ladder TH route and I was dying the first few miles. Hit a second wind at the cirque and took a nap on the summit. Got sunburned for the first time in over a year. Haven't done a ton of peaks but the view from Lone Peak is the best I've seen. I really liked the severe exposure on the summit and the view of the cottonwood canyons.
A buddy and I climbed from Jacob's Ladder. We started early, so it was real nice going up. Busy day on the mountain - a family group of about 10 people made it to the peak just after we did. The jacob's ladder trail is dry, dusty, steep, and unpleasant for a descent in the afternoon.
But it was nice to stand on top of Lone Peak again.
Had the place to myself...one of a few trips where I forgot my camera on a perfect day.
A great experience, climbed 2 routes, The Center Thumb and The Lowe Route. Both were excellent, the crux on The Center Thumb is a very exposed lay back move using a finger crack, unforgettable!
This was the second time to the summit, first time was in January 2008, we made a ski ascent via Big Willow.
I lived in the shadow of Lone Peak my entire life to age 18. When I returned home from the service, my cousin and I decided to climb to the top from my home in Draper. We carried backpacks and camped one night below the peak and reached the summit the next day.
The day is approximate, the month and year are correct.
Climbed it 11 times to date. Multiple routes.
My brother and I finally made the climb. The weather was clear and beautiful. Amazing mountain!
Climbed the link-up Vertical Overhangs (5.10a II), trading leads with Rob. Spicy but sweet!
Climbed Vertical Smile (5.10a II) and topped out on the summit at around 4pm to storm clouds rolling in -- spectacular!
We took 10 hours (with some long breaks), taking Jacobs Ladder. The granite in the cirque and on the summit ridge made for some great climbing, and it felt rewarding sitting on top of the tiny summit. The descent back down Jacobs Ladder was a little hard on the knees. See "Monarch of the Wasatch" trip report for details.
Came back and hiked it again with some friends from my neighborhood on 9/26/15.
We began at Orson Smith Trailhead and took Cherry Canyon trail, crossing over to Draper Ridge trail at approx. 8,500 ft. Rather than following the faint trail back to the SW, we maintained our elevation and headed directly south until intersecting the DR trail. The bushwhacking wasn't bad at all and seemed to make for a more direct route. Followed DR and then Jacob's Ladder the rest of the way to the summit. Followed the same route down. Round trip time was 10 hours.
I took 4 liters of water and finished them off about twenty minutes from the car, so 5 or 6 liters might be a good idea.
Overall, an inspiring peak with great views.
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.