Hike to Lone Peak

Utah Orson Smith Trail

  • Activities:

    Photography, Hiking, Rock Climbing

  • Skill Level:

    Advanced

  • Season:

    Summer, Autumn

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    12 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    5000 Feet

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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!

Pack List

  • Water
  • Food/snack
  • Durable hiking shoes
  • A light jacket
  • GoPro
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So it may not be super clear, but you want to drive up the dirt road from the Orsen Smith Trailhead all the way to the Jacobs Ladder Trailhead. If you don't you will get to add 2.5 miles to your hike, which is tough because this is truly an advanced hike! Possibly my favorite hike along the Wasatch it is far from a cakewalk, be sure to bring plenty of water. The "trail" is basically right up the mountain with very few switchbacks and a lot of loose dirt. Worth every moment, but be prepared and park at the Jacob's Ladder Trailhead GPS Coordinates (40.494292, -111.816643).

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

Great hike! Worth the work to get to the top. Very rewarding. Only complaint would be the lack of a clear trail (or any trails really...) from the meadow to the summit. Parking to meadow 3 hours Camped the night Meadow to summit 2 hours Summit to meadow descent (got lost) 2.5 hours Meadow to parking (RUNNING CUZ SO STEEP) 1.5 hours

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

I will have to say, the part when you reach "Jacob's Ladder" can be pretty brutal on a super hot day! So plan your time accordingly. You reach Jacob's ladder at about 2.09 miles from the trailhead (you will see a sign pointing to the start of the "ladder"). I agree with you, one of the best summits in Utah.

about 2 years ago
about 2 years ago

Carns were everywhere. Found a lost couple up there and lost the trail for a bit ourselves. Scary part at the top. Dangerous lean over a cliff without handholds to get to the peak.

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

Tyler McFall

Im all about adventuring, exploring, and getting outdoors!

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