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Lone Rock via Jacob's Ladder Trail is a 3.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Draper, Utah that features a river and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and horses and is best used from June until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 3.8 mi Elevation gain 1,207 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Horseback riding

Forest

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Muddy

Rocky

Scramble

No dogs

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Please Note: Draper City will be closing the Upper Corner Canyon Road to vehicle access on July 1, 2020. Please see link: http://www.draper.ut.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1394 NOTE: The road leading to this trailhead, Corner Canyon Road, is closed during the winter. You can still walk to the trailhead. Please check with the park for more information. 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.

Parking, picnic area, and restroom are available.

From I-15, Take the 12300 South Exit (Draper Exit #291). Drive east on 12300 South for 1.9 miles to 1300 East. Turn south (right) on 1300 East and drive 0.2 miles to a traffic circle. Take Pioneer Road (12400 South) east for 1.1 miles to 2000 East, Turn south (right) on 2000 East and drive 0.2 miles to the Orson Smith Trailhead (N40 31' 18", W111 50' 02"). The Orson Smith Trailhead is signed, easy to locate, contains a picnic area, information kiosk, and restrooms. On the south side of the Orson Smith Trailhead you will find a gate and the Corner Canyon Road. The gate is unlocked and open if the road is dry. Follow the Corner Canyon Road south for 1.6 miles to the Bonneville Shoreline Trailhead (N40 30' 22", W111 50' 06"). The Bonneville Shoreline Trailhead (BST) is signed, easy to locate, contains a picnic area, information kiosk and restrooms. Most passenger vehicles can drive to this trailhead. Beyond this trailhead a high clearance vehicle is advised. Parking and walking from the BST adds one mile of easy road walking each way to your adventure. At the BST you will also find a second gate. The gate is unlocked and open if the road is dry. From the Bonneville Shoreline Trailhead continue driving south on the Corner Canyon Road for 1.0 miles to the Jacobs Ladder Trailhead. The Jacobs Ladder Trailhead is signed, easy to locate, contains a picnic area, information kiosk and restrooms. This is also the trailhead for hiking Storm Window Arch, Lone Rock/Movie Rock, and Ghost Falls.

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Brenna Gale
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HikingGreat!RockyScramble

Such a great and challenging hike. After finishing Jacobs ladder, the trail is hard to follow (except for in the valley with trees). Be prepared with navigation and watch for cairns marking the way. The top is fairly exposed and a very fun scramble to the top!

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Andrew Armada
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HikingNo shade

Can’t drive up to the trailhead, but can park before the road closure and hike to it. Adds about a 1-2 miles round trip to the projections above. I did this in the afternoon, which was nice because there was nobody else on the trail, but it was definitely very hot (so be ready). Super exposed across the ridge during the second half. I didn’t see a rattlesnake, but could see how it would be likely. An awesome view at lone rock of Utah lake and The Valley

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Joseph McFarlane
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Hiking

Really cool payoff for a relatively short hike. The trail isn’t too steep either. Be sure to go in the early morning or late evening, as it is completely exposed. NOTE: do not use the Suncrest trail head to cut over to Jacob’s Ladder. It is now private property and being developed:( That is what I did and ended up having to hike all the way around to the south, adding an additional 30-45 minutes.

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Jaymie Christensen
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Hiking

5/2/2020 Pretty views up at Lone rock. You can see into the Draper valley and into Alpine and Utah Lake. I would say this is moderate. I made kind of a loop out of it. My husband biked other trails while I hiked. I would rate this higher but so many bikers. Which just means I don’t want to be in their way or them in mine. They get moving pretty fast and I don’t want to cause a crash or me to get hit. Less bikers higher up or maybe it was just getting dark.

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Claudia B.
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Hiking

Wild flowers are out—so pretty. You have to really watch out for mountain bikers, until you pass the Jacob’s Traverse trail intersection. After that...not too many bikers.

Anita Riddle Schmidt
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Hiking

Gorgeous hike! Huge hazard is mountain bikers, mainly headed downhill.

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Cy Rathgeber
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HikingRocky

i had a great time! let me say that alltrails led me to a dirt road that is blocked off and wanted me to go 19 more minutes up it for the trailhead. i remembered the guy on here saying he took a 4x4 trail and i used that to get to the ghost falls trailhead, very close to this trail. once you find the trail, its awesome and deserty, just watch for bikers. i would rate this moderate due to the short distance vs incline. the top of this is just beautiful, will be back!

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A Costa
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Drove my forester up to the Jacobs ladder/Ghost Falls TH via the Orson Smith 4x4 road. Went slow so not a problem. 2.5 miles to the TH. There is an outhouse here. The TH is just east of the wood fence w a TH sign. Stay right at the fork (dont go left unless u want to go downhill). Reached Lone Rock and then explored another mile up Jacobs ladder trail to another rock cropping. Had a snack here. Views were great. One the way back down...just past Lone Rock...I saw the mtn goat herd of 6!!!! So lucky bc I almost missed them. They were on the rocks on the west side of the trail....they were so quiet. They made my day!!! Trail was dry..make sure u have plenty of water. I also went to see Ghost Falls 1.2 miles RT b4 heading home. 7 miles total for this hike plus Goats !!!!

Faith D.
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Hiking

In words of pantera “walk”

Rick Harland
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HikingIcyMuddySnow

I hiked the trail 2/25/2020, starting at Coyote Hollow Trailhead and reaching Jacob’s Ladder via Ghost Falls Trail. The first section of switchbacks is a mixture of mud and icy snow drifts, but I was able to stay on the drifts for the majority. A little farther up after the switchbacks end and you a trek a semi-ridge towards Lone Rock, it will be complete snow coverage. Wind can whip through there so it can be several feet deep in some places where it has drifted. I hiked in Walmart boots and Costco pants, I’d recommend at least having gaiters; I had none. No snowshoes necessary. I had LTE reception all the way up to Lone Rock. I really needed to get up here and do some soul searching since my wife left me last week. I miss you Peggy, please come back

Chad James Fournier
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Hiking

All the roads are closed no authorized vehicles allowed do we walk for 20 miles till we get to the trail?

Bryce Caten
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HikingBugsScramble

This hike was tough. Probably the hardest hike I’ve done. That being said, it is totally doable. Some of the previous comments may overstate the difficulty. The last scramble to the top is pretty sketchy. Bring at least 5 liters of water if you don’t want to drink straight from the spring at the top like I had to. It took us about 9 hours from car to car.

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Gentri Trinnaman
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HikingNo shade

There are no signs marking where this trail begins. You’ll want to take the jacob’s ladder trail up! It ends at a rocky precipice that looks up towards lone rock. You can reach the rock, but the trail is not as clear at that point. We saw goats hanging out on top of lone rock, which was great! But we decided to let them be, avoided climbing up to the top, and just admired the view from the base, instead. The trail offers beautiful views of Utah Valley! Be sure to keep your eyes and ears open for bikers descending the trail—they’ll sneak up on you.

Anita Riddle Schmidt
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Hiking

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.

Kip Carlsen
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Hiking

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.

Scott Hollander
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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!

Kory H.
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Running

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.

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

Joshua Isaksen
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Hiking

Tough hike but great view of both valleys.

James Todd
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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.

Kristina Agustin
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Hiking

Water is essential, everyone.

Heather Ham
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Hiking

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.

Eni & Mark Mason
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Hiking

It was hard, but definitely worth it!

Steve Slessinger
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Hiking

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.

Jake Schauerhamer
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