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)
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.
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.