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Jacob's Ladder to Lone Rock

HARD 56 reviews
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Jacob's Ladder to Lone Rock is a 4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Draper, Utah that features a river and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

4.0 miles
1,161 feet
Out & Back


horseback riding

nature trips

trail running

bird watching




wild flowers





no dogs

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. 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.

6 months ago

Stunning views of the Salt Lake Valley! Nice, moderate walk on decent trail over an interesting hogback ridge. Clear evidence of mountain biker tracks but I saw none this morning. I saw only four other hikers. Cold breeze. No precipitation. No mud. Many oak trees with nearly all leaves fallen. Best to remember natural markers because there are several unmarked intersections.

6 months ago

60 degrees at 8:30am this morning. Was able to catch the sunrise. Easy trail to find with a gradual climb in elevation. Great views of Timpanogos, Lone Peak and Utah Lake. I was able to run all the way back down the trail without slowing down because it wasn’t too steep.

7 months ago

New to UT trails, though hitting many in UT county. Spectacular views, great Rock formations. Took my 13 year old daughter and 6 year old son and they great!

trail running
Friday, April 27, 2018

Get ready to climb, this is a trail for those who hunger after ascending elevation. Very exposed for a lot of the trail so bring protection and water. Jacob's Ladder is located in a protected watershed area so you'll need to leave the dog home for this one. The views are absolutely stunning and well worth the effort required. Runners and hikers should be aware of mountain bikers coming from the south, they like to full on send it down the descent.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

10/10, very muddy but the veiws (and fresh air) are totally worth it

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Tough hike but great view of both valleys.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Great fun trail. A must do with a group. When we got there, the road was closed, so that added another mile to the hike. The hike was very muddy, but very fun. Make sure you use the app to know where you are. There are diverging trails and we got lost and had to backtrack on one of them. The view is amazing. Hardly anyone was on the trail besides us.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Water is essential, everyone.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Confused on whether on not it's dog friendly here. Brought my dog however a disgruntled biker told me they're not allowed and proceed to yell back to me that I'd be fined. However the no dogs beyond this point sign is only visible if you're exiting the trail leading me to believe they are allowed up.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

It was hard, but definitely worth it!

Monday, April 03, 2017

Hiked from Draper Cycle Park, past Ghost Falls, and then up the Lone Rock/Movie Rock (Storm Window Arch) trail. From the upper Ghost Falls TH, it is about 1 mile up to Movie Rock and 1200 feet vertical. This is NOT an easy climb. Took me just over an hour to do the climb from GFTH to Movie Rock; 30 minutes to come down. Great views of the Salt Lake Valley, Oquirrh Mountains, Utah Lake, and Mt. Timpanogos.

Sunday, January 15, 2017


Saturday, August 27, 2016

Went all the way to outlaw cabin

Sunday, July 10, 2016

nice. it's pretty hot in the summer.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

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

Sunday, November 08, 2015

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.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

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.

Sunday, August 02, 2015

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.

Monday, June 16, 2014

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

Monday, June 03, 2013

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.

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