The majestic Lone Peak. Standing tall as the crown jewel of the Wasatch Range, this iconic summit beckons hikers with its awe-inspiring cliffs, views, and difficult trail. Here’s everything you need to know
Distance – 15.2 miles round trip (24.5 km)
Height –11,260 feet (3,430 m)
Elevation gain – 6,029 feet (1837.6 meters)
Duration – 10-11 hours
Difficulty – Difficult
Hike Class: Class 4 hiking
Trailhead Locations – Peak View Trailhead | Jacob’s Ladder / Ghost Falls Trailhead | Orson Park and Trailhead (Directions Below)
Need To Know Information
- Lone Peak from any trailhead has lots of elevation gain, lots of miles, and exposed class 4 scrambling to summit. It therefore should not be taken lightly. Hikers and groups without class 3 scrambling experience will find the last portion of this hike to be scary and difficult.
- Lone Peak sits in the Lone Peak Wilderness, which has some regulations to consider. Know how to poop in the woods via carry in and carry out methods.
- This is often turned into an overnight hike as dispersed camping is common in the basin below the summit.
- There are various trailheads to start from for this peak, and we will cover the recommended options below.
Hiking Route Options
There are various route options, all of which are strenuous. Here is the information associated with each.
Lone Peak Via Peak View Trailhead | 15.2 Miles Round Trip (24.5 km) – 6,029 Feet Elevation Gain (1837.6 meters)
This is our recommended trailhead for most people due to the large parking area, the accessibility for any vehicle, and a well maintained trail to follow just about the entire way. It involves making the correct turns, particularly near the trailhead around many biking and hiking trails.
This option is one of the longer mileage options, but is the second shortest option in terms of elevation gain.
We have created a full GPX file and map of this route for you: Peak View Trailhead Map & GPX File
Lone Peak Via Jacob’s Ladder / Ghost Falls Trailhead | 14.0 Miles Round Trip (22.5 km) – 5,964 Feet Elevation Gain (1817.8 meters)
This is our recommended trailhead for those with high clearance vehicles that are willing to drive on a dirt road for a slightly shorter option. It is commonly called Jacob’s Ladder Trailhead, but is also called the Ghost Falls Trailhead.
This option is the quickest option for most given the mileage and elevation gain. This trailhead requires driving on a dirt road for a couple miles.
We have created a full GPX file and map of this route for you: Jacob’s Ladder / Ghost Falls Trailhead Map & GPX File
Lone Peak Via Bear Canyon / Orson Smith Park and Trailhead | 14.6 Miles Round Trip (23.5 km) – 7,116 Feet Elevation Gain (2169.0 meters)
This is not the recommended trailhead for the first time given its extremely significant elevation gain of above 7,000 feet.
This is a stunning and gorgeous option for many however, and if you are up for the extra vertical gain, go for it!
We have created a full GPX file and map of this route for you: Bear Canyon / Orson Smith Park and Trail Trailhead Map & GPX File
Other Lone Peak Options
The above three options are just the most common starting points. There are various trailheads that hikers can start from. Most of those meet up with the trails discussed in the above options at various points. You are welcome to hike from those other spots, just do a little bit of research before you do so, and consult a map to make sure you know your way.
Hiking Lone Peak In Winter
This hike is not hiked frequently in winter due to avalanche danger, and lots of steep cliffs and drop offs that can be deadly with a fall. Do not attempt to summit without the proper equipment, experience, and knowledge.
We have created an online map and GPX file for each of the trail options listed above. You can use those links to view an online map of Lone Peak as well.
This hike is located in close proximity to the towns of Draper and Alpine where there is plenty of lodging. In addition, hikers enter a Wilderness area with tons of dispersed camping options within the Wilderness. You can read about rules and regulations of the Lone Peak Wilderness Here. The most common area for camping is the Lone Peak Cirque that sits just short of the summit in a beautiful basin.
Current Weather Conditions:
Here is the detailed weather forecast for the next few days. We highly recommend you check out local weather the morning of your hike.
Mostly clear. Low around 41, with temperatures rising to around 43 overnight. South wind around 10 mph.
Sunny, with a high near 55. South southwest wind 10 to 16 mph.
Mostly clear, with a low around 37. Southwest wind 6 to 14 mph.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 50. South southwest wind 6 to 14 mph.
Mostly clear, with a low around 37. South southwest wind around 12 mph.
Sunny, with a high near 52.
Partly cloudy, with a low around 40.
Directions & Parking
Directions to Peak View Trailhead:
Directions To Jacob’s Ladder / Ghost Falls Trailhead:
Directions to Bear Canyon / Orson Smith Park and Trailhead:
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