Jacob's Ladder to Lone Rock

HARD 9 reviews
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Jacob's Ladder to Lone Rock is a 4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Draper, UT that features a river and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, birding, and horses and is accessible from June until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

4.0 miles 1203 feet Out & Back

dog friendly



nature trips


horseback riding



wild flowers




The Jacobs Ladder Trailhead (N40 29' 39", W111 48' 59") is the beginning of several different trails. You want to locate the trail on the north side of the parking area heading directly north up the slope. The trail is easy to identify as it was once a road used to access Lone Rock / Movie Rocks, but the road has been closed to vehicle travel for many years and is mostly reclaimed. The road is now just a trail used by hikers and mountain bikes. Be aware that there is no gap in the fence to begin the trail, you must climb under the fence to begin your trek. If you look farther south you'll see a gap in the fence that begins the Jacob's Ladder Trail. That is not the correct trail for this hike. From the trailhead hike up the the trail approximately 300-yards until you reach a steep descent. The top of this hill is the Jacobs Ladder Trail / Lone Rock / Storm Window Arch junction (N40 29' 46", W111 48' 55"). The Jacobs Ladder Trail turns east (right) and follows the ridge line, the Lone Rock / Storm Window Arch trail descends the gulley. Once at the bottom you'll find a small stream. Cross this stream and then you'll notice two trails. One veers to the left which is for Storm Window Arch. The other veers off to the right and this is for Lone Rock.

3 months ago

Went all the way to outlaw cabin

4 months ago

nice. it's pretty hot in the summer.

5 months ago

Hiked from Coyote Hollow not knowing that there was a trailhead on the Upper Corner Canyon road which would have saved a lot of miles.I loved the views. Sections of the trail are very steep. Next time I want to go all the way to the summit on this one.

5 months ago

This is a very steep hike with little scenery until the very end. However, the end is amazing and worth every step!

8 months ago

1 year ago

This was a great hike. It is very steep, but the views make it worth it. It was confusing to find the start, but when you do, the trail is easy to follow. This is a hike for older teens, but would be difficult with younger kids. If you are unfamiliar with the area, the ghost falls pavilion/rest area is the same as the Jacob's ladder start.

1 year ago

This trail is steep! Takes about an hour to get to the top, just keep your head up because the trail to Movie Rock/Lone Rock is not marked. Even though it's tough, the view from the top is well worth it.

2 years ago

When they say extremely steep the whole way, they are not kidding! Crazy steep but a great reward at the top.

3 years ago

Hiked this trail this last Saturday. I had hiked it about 12 years earlier but had problems finding the trail now that Draper has fenced it off to discourage 4-wheelers from attempting it. The trailhead is the same for Ghost Falls, Jacob's Ladder, Stone Window Arch, and Lone Rock...also known as Movie Rocks. From the parking lot look toward the mountain and you'll see a clearly defined trail right in front of the parking lot behind the wood fence. This is the trail you're going to take. This trail is EXTREMELY steep the entire way. I wouldn't recommend it for beginners or for those who are very out of shape. Going up is bad enough, but coming back down requires some effort as you stop yourself from slipping and falling on the steep grade. Once you reach Lone Rock you are rewarded with a beautiful view of both Utah and Salt Lake Valleys as well as Utah Lake. There are plenty of areas to sit and eat lunch or rest before beginning the trek back down the trail.