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. #39 -6-19-20 W/ Lana & Brent, 6+11 up, bluebird day, from Jacobs Ladder TH - an awful trail by any measure! :)
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
I solo hiked from Alpine up through the Hamongogs. This was about my 4th attempt, and I finally reached the top! Well almost; I made it to the top of the south summit. I was not at all tempted to cross that bridge. Still trying to contact the 2 people on the north summit who took my picture. . . Loved the hike; I might try it from the east next time.
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.
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?
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.