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Lone Peak Area to Lake Hardy

HARD 35 reviews

Lone Peak Area to Lake Hardy is a 12.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Alpine, Utah that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 12.3 miles Elevation Gain: 4,927 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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camping

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nature trips

bird watching

forest

lake

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wild flowers

Loved this hike. It’s challenging but so rewarding. The first 2 miles are super steep up a dirt road, which is the worst part of the hike. Between the dirt road and the second hamongog the trail was a bit overgrown, you’re just hiking through the trees with no real views until you get closer to the second hamongog, then you get some views of lone peak. There’s a really cool open meadow with some pines that shelter the perfecting camping spots at the second hamongog. From there it’s a really steep incline for a few miles but then it levels out a bit to the lake (I like that the hike starts steep and levels out near the top, rather than vice versa). The last couple miles to the lake are across rock so it’s easy to lose the trail, the cairns totally saved my bacon. I went in a day that was really cold and cloudy so visibility was super limited for a large chunk of the hike. It was surreal and kind of spooky. I couldn’t even see across the lake. Definitely want to do it again maybe on a less cloudy day.

hiking
20 days ago

9.16.19 I love this hike! The first few miles are on a dirt road. Be aware this hike is steep!! The last 2-3 miles you're just following carins, so keep a eye out. Today the conditions of the trail were great!

hiking
over grown
rocky
snow
24 days ago

Sept 21st. I went up via the second hamongog and down via lake Hardy trail. both routes offer great views and terrain but the second hamongog breaks up the steep bits better, it felt like lake Hardy trail was nearly all steep (and very over grown). There's 1-3 inches of snow from yesterday's storms above 8000ft, which is the final two miles or so, but the trails never felt dangerous from it just a little slick in spots. It took about 4 hours to get up and 3 back down, well worth it for the views and terrain.

backpacking
over grown
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Trail was pretty overgrown and very difficult. First mile or so is on a private dirt road. The whole trail is all uphill with very few flat spots, but the views and the landscapes at the top near Lake Hardy make it worth it. I wouldn’t recommend trying to take a mountain bike on this trail. Plenty of places near Lake Hardy to camp too.

Didn’t quite make it to Lake Hardy but getting to second Hamingog is a great 7 mile round trip hike. Just do not early in the day.

hiking
rocky
scramble
snow
3 months ago

Went today Sunday July 14. Great challenging hike, all uphill, very few flat spots. Lots of sun at the bottom and top so go early, probably 5-6am. Views and lake are great. Only passed 1 group on the way down and 1 on the way up, so it’s very secluded. Lake is still 50% ice and you have to traverse snow in a few area, which is really surprising for July. I’ve now done this hike twice and that’s enough for me. If you’ve never done it and are up for the challenge then go, but it’s hard enough you probably don’t want to go many more times. Only flies at the top for me but there were many of them, making it hard to relax. Glad it’s over My feet hurt!

hiking
snow
3 months ago

Lots of snow still, in some areas near the lake there is still 5 feet. Very difficult to find trail, snow posses hazards of falling through where the water is running underneath.

hiking
Saturday, August 11, 2018

I had great company so that made this hike better. Along the way the views are pretty but the first few miles are on private dirt road which is a waste of hiking time. I like actually hiking in the mountains on trails. Getting back into the mountains on the single track was better. It is steep like one of the reviewers mentions below. When you get to the valley up top, the trail is less obvious and people have built cairns everywhere. You can get to the lake of mosquitoes aka Hardy pretty much by bouldering the massive boulders because there are cairns on that or climbing down by the stream and climbing back up. Your choice the cairns EVERYWHERE will lead you there. Pull out your map if you’re lost and it’ll guide you. Wear big repellent, go early to avoid the heat and have enjoyable fast hiking companions otherwise don’t waste your time since it’s a watershed lake and you can’t swim in it. Okay okay, it is pretty just endure the millions of mosquitoes trying to eat you. You’ve been warned. I hiked this at the end of June.

hiking
Thursday, July 12, 2018

I Made a bad decision dropping down into Lake Hardy instead of following lightning ridge while doing “The Beatout” so I had to scramble and boulder through the north ridge to then go to south thunder. The view from the lake of the majestic carved out granite is unlike anything that I’ve ever seen before. I plan on returning here this summer but this time going through Alpine. Where plenty of bug spray for the lake and if your doing “The Beatout” DO NOT go down to Lake Hardy cause that exhausted me to the point of dehydration and added what seemed to be an extra mile to my trip!

Saturday, July 07, 2018

I wanted to scout this trail out knowing I did not have time to the top, but I was curious how hard it was, etc. I walked on this "trail" for 2 hours and it is a the most dry boring service road, and looking at Google maps.it went a lot father before changing to trails and something better. I think when I hike to Lake Hardy I will go up Dry Creek canyon on Alpine and then walk the trail that connects that trail to the Lake Hardy trail. Check out my blog post for more info. https://shaunasadventures.blogspot.com/2018/07/360-adventure-scouting-out-lake-hardy.html?m=1

backpacking
Sunday, December 24, 2017

This is a hard and completely uphill hike but is well worth the effort. The lake is beautiful and reflective and the quarts is majestic. Its also nice because you can look over utah valley the whole time.

backpacking
Monday, July 17, 2017

Awesome hike! We camped in the Second Hamongog. Nice spots in the trees to camp. The portion right after second is brutal but the wildflowers and views made it worth it. The stream and meadow below the lake are gorgeous. From lake hardy we scrambled up to the ridgeline. That was fun to be able to see the lake from above. Also gave you views of Salt Lake Valley. Trail was easy to follow. Just look for the rock cairns. Overall it was a tough hike but well worth it.

Friday, July 07, 2017

This trail was awesome! I hiked it with some friends on Father's Day, however we split off from the lake hardy trail once we got to the granite rocks and hike to the top of Lone Peak. It was a pretty rough once we split off of the trail in the rock. But it is doable and well worth the views!

hiking
Tuesday, July 04, 2017

This trail is wayyyy to unkept. There's going to be an accident here soon if it gets worse. Hiked the 12 mile 5k ft to lake hardy today. Nice views up top once you make it past the long climb through the wildflower fields where the sun will cook your soul. If there's another way up into the lake hardy area; I will take it next time

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Very beautiful well worth the effort.

Friday, March 17, 2017

I have done this hike multiple times, once carrying a 50 lb pack to spend 4 days up there archery hunting the area. Be physically prepared as it is steep. It is, however, extremely rewarding once you get to the upper Hamongogg and then up into the granite. The remote high country and this lake are stunning. Carry plenty of water too! the South facing slope of this hike can be hot.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Take a map! I lost the trail several times due to overgrowth and later on to rock formations in the trail. Granted I went up at night and my phone had died. The overgrowth is bad enough it is worth wearing long sleeves and pants as you will basically be walking through lots of thick bush. Not only did I go up at night, but went solo - risky business. A cougar nearly pounced on me about an hour in (the last turn on the road/trail). fortunately my head lamp caught his eyes and I jumped toward him yelping so he took off, but it made the rest of the hike rather nerve wracking! I also saw what I believe were bear tracks, and on my way down a clawed/bitten up jacket with a few blood stains. This is definitively a more remote hike - I didn't encounter ANYONE on the trail. Aside from the trail and danger it was a beatiful hike. Unfortunately I didn't make it quite to the top because I got off trail :( I'll do this again in the daylight, with a small group!

Friday, September 02, 2016

This is a great hike for those who are looking for solitude. We went up Friday and back Saturday. We only saw two people the entire trip and they were down near the bottom. No one was anywhere near the lake, which was beautiful. The hike is strenuous and there isn't a lot of cover, particularly at the beginning when you are on an unattractive road. Once you get past the road, it is beautiful. Parts of the trail are overgrown to the point you may want to consider wearing pants if you can stand the heat. I will be going again.

backpacking
Sunday, July 24, 2016

We backpacked up to Lake Hardy to stay the night and came back down in the morning. The couple miles weren't the best, just a wide dirt path in scrub oak filled foothills. But the upper trail and destination were absolutely beautiful. The view of Utah valley was also amazing. I highly recommend this trail. Before you go, know that much of the trail is filled with brush, and there are almost no switchbacks- it's very steep straight up almost the whole way up. It was extremely strenuous when backpacking.

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