Lone Peak

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One of the highest and most rugged peaks in the Wasatch range. The easiest route is a class three scramble with a summit ridge featuring great exposure (and a climb of 5,000 feet plus). The mountain's cirque offers some spectacular rock climbing. Utah's first official wilderness area, and for good reason. Summit block can only hold a few climbers at a time. Salt Lake City easily visible from summit, some 7,000 feet below.

Elevation (feet): 11,253
Elevation (meters): 3,430
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Wasatch Range
State: Utah
Latitude: 40.5267
Longitude: -111.755
Difficulty: Scramble
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Nearest major airport: Salt Lake City, UT
Convenient Center: Salt Lake City, UT

Thanks to Mick Wenzbauer for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 36 trip reports for Lone Peak.

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  • Log #20947 - by Layne E. Wilson on Aug 12, 2007
    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...
  • Log #19294 - by Ammon Hatch on Sep 18, 2006
    Bear Canyon up - Little Willow Canyon down 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...
  • Log #15152 - by Marshall Roberts on Nov 10, 2004
    I live right in front of this amazing mountain and I have been wanting to climb it for 12 years. I finally told my dad that we were going to climb it next week. So we got ready an went up via the...
  • Log #15155 - by Jim Younkin on Nov 09, 2004
    Me and a friend Russ Austin climbed Lone Peak via the open Book route up the front, it was fantastic, we saw a hang glider above us after we summited. It was a 4th of July weekend and we got snowed...
  • Log #15156 - by Layne Wilson on Nov 09, 2004
    I have summited this peak 4 times and attempted 5 different times. The first time I went up, I learned a valuable lesson, and that is to carry enough water. 4 of the 5 times, I have taken the Jacob's...
  • Log #15157 - by MICHAEL BOEHM on June 24, 2004
  • Log #15158 - by Nyle K Walton on Sep 12, 2003
    My climb in the company of Ron DeWaal was an arduous hike through forests and up scree slopes and boulder fields. But it was relatively easy compared to the Matterhorn which I summited the year...
  • Log #15159 - by Sean Johnson on Sep 10, 2003
    I started on the trail at about 0630 from Corner Canyon. Made my way southeast to Jacobs Latter. At the base of Jacob's stopped and talked to a nice man who ended up being one of the Allen brothers...
  • Log #15160 - by John Hammack on Sep 06, 2003
    Went up Jacobs ladder, it was the first time I had been to this peak after moving to Seattle I started hiking a lot and had a strong desire to come back and hike the peak I always looked at growing...
  • Log #15161 - by Dan Pingree on Sep 05, 2003
    A friend and I took Jacob's ladder trail which wasn't as bad as I thought. Reached the summit in 4.5 hours and saw lots of wildlife on the way up. Incredible views from the summit ridge and block.
  • Log #15162 - by James Barlow on Sep 02, 2003
    My friend, Keith Stevens, and I climbed this on back in 1999. We were on a 4 day trip in the Bells Canyon Area. We got a late start out of camp, but made good time to Thunder Pass. From the pass, we...
  • Log #15163 - by George Peterson on Aug 27, 2003
    First climbed this beautiful mountain in August 1955 via the Jacob's Ladder route after admiring it for several years from my little airplane. No trail that I could find in those days. Then with dad...
  • Log #15164 - by Joseph Ornberg on Aug 11, 2003
    Took Jacobs latter up started at 6:30 a.m. in the morning, summited by 11:30 a.m. was back in the parking lot by 3:45. p.m. Everyone complains about this trail because it is steep.
  • Log #15165 - by Ron Palmer-Leger on July 14, 2003
    We did our approach from Alpine to the cirque but did not go to the summit, what a great hike. We met a couple of climbers at the cirque who thought we were crazy for what we dragged up the trail, we...
  • Log #15166 - by Charles Smith on July 06, 2003
    Jacobs Ladder. Didn't go left enough into the cirque and had to backtrack and wasted about an hour. Once you get past the first two hours it is a great hike.
  • Log #15167 - by BILL GUSTAFSON on June 18, 2003
    Started at bells canyon on Wed. the 11th camped at second reservoir. Started the climb with my 15-year-old son Steen Gustafson. Reached the top at about 2:00.
  • Log #15168 - by J. Carter on June 09, 2003
    The "Jewel of the Wasatch". Love this mountain. I'm going to summit again this year. Look for me on the log.
  • Log #15169 - by joey dempster on Mar 31, 2003
    Climbed the NW buttress (I think that's the name) many years ago. 4 pitches. Simply awesome. High quality granite, perfect climbing.
  • Log #15170 - by Scott Patterson on Mar 07, 2003
    First time was at age 8 from Draper Ridge. Secon time was from Hammongogs. Good glissade.
  • Log #15171 - by Jim Taylor on Jan 31, 2003
    I grew up in Sandy looking at this peak my whole life. Once I moved away and would come back to visit, I had the desire to climb to it's summit. I tried once in the winter but had to turn back....
  • Log #15172 - by Ben Hansen on Oct 15, 2002
    3 ascents this year - one early one at the end of June. The snow was just melting in most places, and the weather couldn't have been better. This was my first ascent of the peak, and a great one it...
  • Log #15173 - by Gary Atkins on Sep 05, 2002
    Hiking in the snow makes this very challenging. The scramble from the cirque to the summit is very difficult in the snow. Jumping from one boulder to the next with crampons one needs to pay close...
  • Log #15174 - by alex rudd on Aug 26, 2002
    went through bells canyon. from the unnamed lake in the upper cirque, climbed a rocky col, then traversed to the top
  • Log #15175 - by Dale Millsap on Aug 26, 2002
    August 2001 I climbed via the Hamongogs. August 2002 I ascended Draper Ridge and descended Jacob's Ladder. Jacob's Ladder is shorter but steeper. My overall favorite is the Hamongog route,...
  • Log #15176 - by Donne Puckle on Aug 09, 2002
    I took the Jacobs Ladder route. Its a long, steep hike with some scrambling and exposure, which adds to the fun, of course. The views are great.
  • Log #15177 - by Michael Robertson on July 15, 2002
    Very long climb, but well worth it. We used the Jacob's Ladder trail. Thanks to an early start, we made it up the steep section that climbs to the ridge before the sun had risen too high. The lower...
  • Log #15178 - by Sid Hayes on Feb 22, 2002
    Ascended the peak in 2:24 via Draper Ridge, seemed very steep!. On the way down, turned ankle but made it down in 1:48. One of my favorite climbs.
  • Log #15179 - by Jared Payne on Nov 13, 2001
    I hiked up with a friend via Jacobs Ladder route starting about 8:00 am on Oct 27. We found an inch or two of frozen snow in the Cirque. when we got halfway accross the summit ridge where there is...
  • Log #15180 - by Tyler Slack on Oct 01, 2001
    Solo hike up the Jacob's Ladder Trail. Once you're past the Junction, the trail is very well marked by cairns. A storm threatened to dump on me, but was blown out by strong winds as I waited at the...
  • Log #15181 - by Scott Schmidt on Aug 22, 2001
    West ridge is the easiest to reach the summit. Bring plenty of water.
  • Log #15182 - by Greg Burst on Aug 07, 2001
    We started in the wrong place (right next to the houses in Sandy) and went straight up the shoulder doing a significant amount of bush wacking (it sucked). But once we hit the Jacob's Ladder trail it...
  • Log #15183 - by Lynn Stephens on May 13, 2001
    Excellent climb. Some postholing. Camped overnight at Second Hamongog meadow. Lots of snowmelt down low.
  • Log #15184 - by Joseph Bullough on Feb 27, 2001
    Perfect late summer day for hiking, clear skies and temperarure in the mid 70's. A fairly long hike, but worth every minute. Heavy rain a few days earlier had created 2-foot ruts in Corner Canyon...
  • Log #15185 - by LJ Whitmore on Jan 02, 2001
    I have become very familiar with this mountain, as is sits in my back yard. In November a fellow Climber and I, I will not give his name and only want to say he is experienced on rock and snow,...
  • Log #15186 - by Shane Burrows on Dec 18, 2000
    Of the peaks which form the Salt Lake City skyline, this is the hardest peak to summit. There is no maintained trail to the summit and there is no reliable water after July. This peak can be climbed...
  • Log #15187 - by Mick Wenzbauer on Sep 05, 2000
    My first legitimately major climb. Climbed to summit via Jacobs Ladder route, about 13 miles round trip with a climb of about 5,600 feet. Summit ridge is truly spectacular, a few spots with major...