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.
wonderful granite, good climb, good view from top!!!!
2005 Sep 25 via Trail of the Eagle w Sam & Sue Hanson
2002 Sep 21 via Jacobs Ladder w Gordon Swenson
1992 Sep 19 via Jacobs Ladder w John Castano, Scott Collins & Bob
1987 Oct 3Big Willow overlook via Jacobs Ladder w Matt Torres & Mike Scharman
1983 Aug 20 via Jacobs Ladder/Question Mark Wall w Dave Kilborn
1981 July 11 via Jacobs Ladder w Sam Hanson, Peter Cook, Mike Iker, Tom Moke and Jerry.
1976 Nov 6 via Movie Road w Gordon Swenson
1974 June 15 via Movie Road w Cliff Moser and Jeff Morgan
1972 June 18-19 Wilderness Survey lead by Alexis Kelner via Draper Firebreak/Ridge. Roped decent from Big Willow shelf into Bells Canyon.
1967 Oct 14 via Lone Rock w Tom May
1965 Sept 8-10 via Bells Canyon/Big Willow Cirque w Tom May & Dave Kilborn
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)