Hike to Lone Peak

Orson Smith Trail

Distance

12 Miles

Elevation Gain

5000 Feet

Activities

Photography, Hiking, Rock Climbing

Skill

Advanced

Season

Summer, Autumn

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Tyler McFall

Forest
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

Hike to this iconic peak with awesome valley views in the Wasatch Mountains. 

The main trail to Lone Peak is via Jacobs Ladder. To get to the start of the trailhead you need to drive on a dirt road for a little bit until you get to a little parking area (start of the road indicated on the map).

The trail starts just south of where you park on the dirt road. The Jacobs Ladder trail is very steep. It starts out very narrow with a lot of switchbacks until it opens up to a wider trail that heads east. You will follow this until you come to some very big rocks. The trail then veers off to the left and into some more switchbacks up the south slope of the mountain. This part of the trail is really steep.

Continue to follow the trail to the top of the hill where the trail levels out and heads east. You will then hike through a spectacular meadow and up through some pine trees. After that point the trail becomes very faint as you hike along big granite slabs until you reach the cirque. There are a lot of waypoints along the way so be on the lookout so you don’t wander off. After reaching the cirque, wind around to the left and start scrambling up the left side of the cirque. The trail will come in and out but just keep scrambling up the left hand side. The peak will be in your sights the whole way and after a little scrambling you will reach one of the most amazing summits in the state. This thrilling peak will definitely get your heart racing as you peak over the thousand foot cliffs on each side of you!

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

Nearby Lodging

From $300/night

The Cliff Lodge

Sandy, Utah

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Best summit in the Wasatch

This is one of the most difficult, yet most incredible, unique and rewarding hikes I've done. I regret not climbing it sooner. The granite walls are unbelievable and the precipitous summit is a riot!

Awesome

This is a great hike. All in all was super hard and rewarding

Water

I have a question around the cirque is there any source of fresh water?

Distance

12 Miles

Elevation Gain

5000 Feet

Activities

Photography, Hiking, Rock Climbing

Skill

Advanced

Season

Summer, Autumn

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Tyler McFall

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