Easy drive to Inspiration Point - good road, high clearance a must, 4WD not required. I read that the road was very rough but it was not. Ridge climbed from Inspiration toward Willard Peak. Routefind from the NW to top. Deep crevasse on Willard! Continued on to Ben Lomond for lunch. Took the lower trail West and below Willard back to IP. Saw several Mt Goats. My first County High Point.
Scrambled up from Willard Basin to the north, despite the lingering record snowfall from winter/spring. A snow drift 10 feet deep and 75 yards across still covered the road 1/4 mile from the Willard Basin campground, so I started from there. Kicked little steps in the snow (I love heavy snow years) up the headwall above the pond to the ridge, then finished the easy walk through the rocks and vegetation to the summit. Great view in every direction, beautiful summer day, absolutely calm on the summit. Glissade down the cirque headwall back to the pond was a blast. What a beautiful way to spend a Saturday morning.
Between Ben Lomond and Willard Peak we saw about 50 mountain goats, and by following a few of them off the trail we made it straight to the summit. The views down over Willard Bay to the west were awesome. See "Skyline Trail" trip report for details.
July 2011 -- Climbed via the Skyline trail and Ben Lomond. We saw a lot of mountain goats, and we followed them to the summit.
July 20, 2013 -- Drove to Inspiration Point and then hiked to the summit with my dad and brother. Once again, there were a lot of mountain goats. Afterwards I mountain biked down.
Started at the North Ogden Trailhead. Between the 20 miles traveled and the snow that had accumulated over Ben Lomand and Willard, I was tired by the time I reached the car.
Saw lots of goats
Only one more CoHP to go, Eccentric Peak.
We hiked this one from Inspiration Point, seeing 30 some odd goats just to the west of the peak.
Camped in Willard Basin after climbing Bull Mountain. Drove to Inspiration Point and ridge climbed to Willard. After Willard we climbed the easy ridge to Ben Lomond. We saw 100's of mountain goats on the west face of Willard and Ben Lomond
Topped out from the divide with my 12 year old son, wife, and brother in law. Still some snow and we had to negotiate some sketchy snowfield traverses right below the summit. Also had to do some route finding, but managed. Huge rattlesnake right below the summit. It was very slow and lathargic and hardly seemed to care that we were there. Saw a goat as we were topping Willard, but it managed to sneak off without anyone seeing where it went. We were a little slow and took just under 12 hours round trip summiting BL twice (coming up, and on the return)and took a long lunch break on Willard. First county highpoint in my home county.
Amazing rocks up top. But I definitely wasn't fist-punching the air when I reached this summit like I was when I did AF Twins 4 days ago. But check it off the list. Combo'd it up with Ben Lomond. Ben Lomond is the celebrity of the ridge, and Willard seems to be the rough and rugged forgotten step brother. I didn't even find a registry on top of Willard.
Hiked from the North Ogden divide. Did Ben Lomond then Willard. I also saw a lot of mountain goats. Didn't start until noon so I was hiking the last hour in the dark.
A long day at 21+ miles but well worth it. Should have read Moogie737's post before we went - wasted a lot of time, backtracking and effort getting to Willard from Ben Lomond!
A long day from North Ogden Divide, Ben Lomond and then Willard.
My wife...aka Punchline....and I finished the day with over 20 miles on our feet. Got to like the huge rock crevasse on Willard. Also watched about 30+ mountain goats for a while.
Make sure you take the road slow, but it's cleared all the way to the top.
The road up from Mantua is in terrible condition and req'd. ~ 45 min. to cover the 7 miles. I parked ~ 1 mile below the Willard Basin saddle and first hiked to Inspiration Point. This is a relatively easy hike along the road that also passes by Willard Basin campground. It's a good alternative if you want to include this peak and also want another route to the Skyline trai. However, as of 7/1 there were still several trees across the road and frequent snow to cross. From Inspiration Point the Skyline trail is relatively flat to Ben Lomond Peak except for the final few hundred yards. Going this way from Inspiration Point be sure to take the left route at the first fork. Whether you hike to Willard Basin Peak on the way to or from Ben Lomond I think you'll need to routefind from the Skyline trail to the WB peak as I looked and couldn't find any existing route. There also were several mountain goats below and south of the Ben Lomond peak.
Drove up the road from Mantua and hiked about the last mile. Great views from up there. The lake was completely full and Pilot Peak in NV was visible.
This is a very long hike, Ive done it a couple times. I did this last fall again reaching my goal of doing all of Weber countys major peaks solo!
Started at Cutler Flats but evidently took some wrong turns....Bicentennial Trail then to a dead end and after some backtracking was sure I found it. Only to have a "trail" peter in to obscurity pretty fast. Ran into some bow hunters that told me I could not get up from this basin, didn't stop me though I bushwaked for a couple miles and eventually came out on the ridge east of inspiration point....frustrating to know people drove up there. After an undulating ridge that added several hundred feet of elevation change I made it to Willard, not the first peak I was planning on going to. Took less than 4 hours the "direct way though. Ran over to Ben Lomond and down on what I thought was the Cutler Fork trail only to be dumped on a road next to a pavilion with a green shamrock on it, followed a bike path down to the river and figured this was an earlier part of the first wrong turn I had made. Still a foot path led downstream only to disappear also. Passed some voraciously destructive beavers and 2 bull moose before stumbling into Cutler Flats. Whole trip even with 1 mile added for wrong turns only took 7 hours and I made it a loop instead of there and back. There are definitely easier ways up this peak though.
Going up the heinously constructed Ben Lomond trail was not an option for Willard, so we drove to Inspiration Point. It was great to see the mountain goats with great views all around.
Managed to get my Maxima about 3 miles up the dirt road from Mantua, then biked up to Willard Basin. Stashed the bike in the trees and climbed Willard Peak, then over to Ben Lomond and back. Total distance just over 20 miles, took about 7.5 hours round trip. The bike ride down from the Basin was worth the effort to take it up earlier in the day.