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Lone Peak via Jacob's Ladder Trail (from Summer Trailhead)

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Lone Peak Wilderness

Lone Peak via Jacob's Ladder Trail (from Summer Trailhead) is a 11.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Alpine, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is best used from May until October.

Length 11.1 mi Elevation gain 5,603 ft Route type Out & Back
Hiking Nature trips Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife Muddy Rocky Scramble Snow No dogs
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Know Before You Go. This trail accesses or travels through potential avalanche terrain. For more information and to read the daily avalanche forecast please visit: https://utahavalanchecenter.org Please Note: As of July 1, 2020, Draper City will be closing the Upper Corner Canyon Road to vehicle access for fire prevention. You can still walk to the trailhead, adding about a mile to each direction.Please see link: http://www.draper.ut.us/116/Trails-Open-Space#:~:text=Alert%3A%20Upper%20Corner%20Canyon%20Road,%2C%20effective%20Wednesday%2C%20July%201 Climb to the top of this 11,000 foot Wasatch Peak which rises above Salt Lake City with a massive glacial cirque. This is a fairly strenuous climb to the top of one of the tallest peaks of the Wasatch Range. Reaching the cliff-lined summit will require some scrambling up steep slopes and over boulders. Follow the track in this guide closely to find your way up a variation to the top that takes you up a steep coulouir. Bring a camera as you will have specatacular views. Driving direction to the trail head: The way to the trailhead is through Orson Park and then up the dirt road (make sure your vehicle has good clearance).

Directions: The trailhead 2.6 miles up the Corner Canyon Road off the town of Draper. The trailhead is at 5,700. Use the track to find the start of the trail from the parking lot.

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Carson Field
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Carson Field
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Cole White
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Very long, steep, dry, dusty, and exhausting. Worth the ascent for the views and fantastic scrambling, but I will probably never do this hike again.

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James Olson
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Ouch I attempted this hike last week., reviews were not lying about Jacobs ladder being steep, get an early start we didn’t have enough daylight to reach the peak due to daylight savings. It was a beautiful and painful hike - will attempt again from cherry canyon next year.

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Jake Olson
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Dave Morris
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I’m glad I did the peak but a lot of this trail was pure misery. The first few miles are dusty, loose dirt, and you have to dodge speeding mountain bikers. Then comes the “ladder” of Jacob’s Ladder — a painfully steep path through tangled scrub oak and then open sage brush and desert grass. Going up in the morning shade wasn’t so bad but coming down was the worst. Once you get over the ridge and approach the cirque, this is some of the most beautiful terrain in the Wasatch and the peak is far and away my favorite. But the pain of getting up and down — I don’t plan on doing this trail again, ever.

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Steve Lovell
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Started at zero dark dark hours and hiked up a good portion under the light of a blue moon. Very steep and challenging up and down, but amazing hike.

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Steven W
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Dylan .
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When they say it's nothing but steep and straight up they are not lying. Some switchbacks in this route but few and far between. That being said, this is a more direct route to Lone Peak and will probably cut off some distance. Although, you cannot park at the trailhead because of road closure so if you follow my recording it should cut a couple miles off extra distance using the Peak view trail. We parked in an unfinished coldesack in Suncrest neighborhood. I recommend starting this hike before daylight if you are making this a daytrip. It's very long and very steep. Peak and cirque was cold and windy so come prepared with enough food water, and warm clothes. No snow yet up there but won't last long! My recording cut off after summiting so I estimate we did about 18 miles round trip. We went at a casual pace with a few breaks and it took around 12 hours.

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Abbey Ostrander
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This is a bucket list hike for sure. But once off the bucket list not sure I’m gonna do it again. This is a BEAST basically straight up with little  reprieve. But once you do get to the top. The views are incredible.

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Ankur Garg
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Steep. Tiring. Worth it. Took the Peakview Trail to Lone Rock. Reduces distance by 1 mile each way. Perfect weather. I see Lone Peak from my home every day. 3rd attempt and finally made it.

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Sam Preine
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Not for the weak of heart. Definitely the hardest hike I’ve ever done. Went with group of avid hikers and we were all pretty exhausted afterwards. Bring 4-5 L of water and ample calorie rich, protein and electrolyte rich snacks

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scott cornford
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That was tough but a lot of fun. Boulders at top reminded me of the sketchy Sundial Peak boulders. We kept the hike under 13 miles by using the trail at the end of the neighborhood.

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Shelby Sundquist
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Can't park at the real trailhead but there is a shortcut to an undeveloped culdesac (see last 1-2 miles of my recording). This hike is steep and feels longer than it is- plan a full day. Some snow from the weekend near the top. Could refill water if you can melt and purify it. Makes the scramble dicier if you get off trail- I certainly did. I also stopped before the true summit because the final scramble was unmarked and looked exposed.

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Blair Stump
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Is backpacking permitted on this trail?

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Cole Rosenberg
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This is a beautiful hike, especially in the Fall when the leaves are changing colors. The terrain itself is challenging, but a lot of fun because there is so much variety through different portions of this hike. That being said, the road is still closed as of October 10, 2020. This does add an extra mile on each end (as far as I can tell, you’ll add at least mile no matter where you park). I tracked my hike on Strava and mapped 16 miles, almost exactly (16.12). We had also downloaded the AllTrails map and stuck to it pretty closely. This means that this hike is about 14 miles, not including the road. I’m not sure how the mileage is so off on here but even if you find a more direct route than we did, this hike will not be 11 miles (or 13 when the road is closed). Plan that you’re doing at least an extra two miles than expected!

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Cory Finlinson
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Ryan Harbertson
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Does anyone know if the upper corner canyon road (that was closed all summer for fire issues) is open yet? Tia

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Jeff Gardner
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Josh Triplett
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Tough to follow at times. Bring your GPS.

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Polly Moore
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That was a butt kicker! Toughest hike I have done but beautiful and worth it.

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Tyler Howe
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This hike culminates with one of the most dazzling summits in the Wasatch. What a thrill! We struggled a little following the trail near the cirque, but the GPS trail on All Trails keeps you pointed in the right direction. Unfortunately, because the dirt road is closed to access the trailhead, it added an extra mile or so on both ends of an already-long hike.

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Bryce Smith
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