Lone Peak (Utah)

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Lone Peak
LonePeak Utah Saddle View.jpg
Looking Eastward at Lone Peak from Jacob's Ladder
Highest point
Elevation 11,260 feet (3,432 m)  NAVD 88[1]
Prominence 893 ft (272 m) [2]
Coordinates 40°31′37″N 111°45′22″W / 40.526936411°N 111.756079919°W / 40.526936411; -111.756079919Coordinates: 40°31′37″N 111°45′22″W / 40.526936411°N 111.756079919°W / 40.526936411; -111.756079919[1]
Parent range Wasatch Range
Topo map USGS Draper
Mountain type Quartz monzonite

Lone Peak, a mountain peak southeast of Salt Lake City, Utah, United States is the center of the Lone Peak Wilderness, established in 1978. With an elevation of 11,260 feet (3,430 m), it is one of the taller peaks in the Wasatch Range along the Wasatch Front and tends to be a favorite hike. Lone Peak consists almost entirely of quartz monzonite (a granitoid, or granite-like) rock of the 30.5 million year old Little Cottonwood Stock.[3][4][5] Quartzite and limestone are also found in distal locations on the mountain.

Lone Peak ranks 98th on a list of Utah peaks with 500 feet (150 m) topographic prominence.[6]


Lone Peak Hiking/Backpacking Details
Summit: 11,260 feet (3,432 m)
Estimated Starting Elevation: 5,200 feet
Average Total Distance: 9 miles round-trip
Time Needed: 1–2 days
Rating: Difficult
Looking South at Lone Peak and Question Mark Wall
Scrambling may be required

It is possible to reach the summit in one long day, but rock climbers often camp at the base of the summit and non-climbers often camp lower on the Jacob's Ladder Trail. There are a few streams that dry up before summer, so water must be carried in. There is reputedly a spring that runs year-round.

Jacob's Ladder Trail[edit]

The trail head, located at 40°29′39″N 111°48′59″W / 40.49417°N 111.81639°W / 40.49417; -111.81639, is marked with a sign. It is located near a large turnout on the right side of the road and three 4-wheel drive tracks climbing the road bank on the north side of the road. In 2007, the turnout was accompanied by a wooden fence leading to the starting point of the trail.

Draper Ridge Trail[edit]

The Draper Ridge Trail is currently inactive. The trail is in a deteriorated condition, as the top of the trail is very exposed to weather. Towards the bottom, thick undergrowth prevents passage. The Jacob's Ladder Trailhead is just up the road. The Jacob's Ladder Trail overlaps the Draper Ridge Trail for the last 2/3 of the way to the peak.

Cherry Canyon Logging Trail[edit]

Important features of this trail are that it has a year-round spring(cold springs) located at 40°30′58″N 111°47′35″W / 40.51611°N 111.79306°W / 40.51611; -111.79306 and a small cabin in a meadow. The route gains altitude in the beginning, going through a steep scrub oak section. After a few hours of hiking, things change as the trail levels off and veers north into the trees crossing the water of cold springs in bear canyon.[citation needed] The trail climbs out of the drainage on the north side into a new drainage, but stays generally below the ridge line. The trail eventually opens into a meadow with a small cabin in the large pine trees. The trail continues up above the cabin to the southeast and crosses over to the south into another drainage at a low point on the ridge. The southeast top of the new drainage meets up with the main granite drainage running roughly north-south which leads to the Lone Peak Cirque via stacked rock cairns. An alternate route is to roughly follow the stream bed up the drainage until the top of the ridge that runs roughly north-south above a granite drainage is reached.

Outlaw Cabin[edit]

The Outlaw Cabin, located at 40°31′12″N 111°46′53″W / 40.52000°N 111.78139°W / 40.52000; -111.78139 on the southwest side of a meadow, was constructed in the summer of 1960 by the Allen Brothers and Alan Summerhays. Construction was completed in 1967 prior to the area being designated as a wilderness area. The cabin has three cots, a pot belly stove, cabinets, and two small windows. It is built from trees downed in the area and the roof is lined with plastic and dirt/grass for insulation. All the materials besides the trees were hauled to the location by horseback. The cabin is partially hidden by large trees. In October 1997, a Draper family was caught in a blinding snow storm and took shelter in the cabin until they were rescued. There is a journal in the cabin that visitors can add their stories to.

Deaths on Lone Peak[edit]

  • December 15, 1936 - Seven died when a Western Air Express Boeing 247[7] crashed just below Hardy Ridge on Lone Peak.[8] The major parts of the aircraft were hurled over the ridge and fell over a thousand feet into a basin below.[7]
  • July 25, 2002 - Two hikers were struck by lightning near the summit of Lone Peak while they were trying to seek shelter.[9]
  • September 8, 2015 - A woman fell 200–300 feet near the cirque. Her body was found the next day.[10]

Devil's Brigade (film)[edit]

  • The section of the attack on a Nazi stronghold was filmed on the lower part of this peak's mountain; the peak is called lone peak but the actual mountain is "Mount Jordan".


  1. ^ a b "11251". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey. Retrieved 2016-04-20. 
  2. ^ "Lone Peak, Utah". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2016-04-20. 
  3. ^ Crittenden, M.D., 1965, Geology of the Draper Quadrangle, Utah: U.S. Geological Survey Map GQ-377, scale 1:24,000.
  4. ^ Crittenden, M.D., 1965, Geology of the Dromedary Peak Quadrangle, Utah: U.S. Geological Survey Map GQ-378, scale 1:24,000.
  5. ^ Vogel T.A., Cambray, F.W., Constenius, K.N., 2001, Origin and emplacement of igneous rocks in the central Wasatch Mountains, Utah: Rocky Mountain Geology, v. 36, n. 2, pp. 119-162.
  6. ^ "List "Utah Top 100 (500 ft. prom)"". ListsOfJohn.com. Retrieved 18 Apr 2016. 
  7. ^ a b Department of Commerce Aircraft Accident Report
  8. ^ Confetti on Lone Peak, Time, June 21, 1937
  9. ^ "Lightning deaths by location and activity since 1950". National Weather Service, Salt Lake Office, UT. Retrieved 2016-04-18. 
  10. ^ "Missing hiker found dead in Draper, fell 200-300 feet". Fox13 Salt Lake City. Retrieved 2016-04-18. 

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