Lone Peak





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Lone Peak is my favorite hike because it is difficult. The extreme cliffs are breath taking. I have hiked Lone Peak almost every year of my marriage and some years before—maybe 25 times. One of the first times I hiked Lone Peak was with Elaine Southey and Niki Payne. I helped Suzanne Southey who was eight years old. On several occasions we asked Philip Bennett to take us up to First Hamongog in his Jeep. That was before the fires on North Mountain. Martha and I took our one-year-old twins, Peter and Carol to the peak. Blauer Bangerter and Mark Matthews and I trekked to the peak together. Another time, Glenn Fuller and his sons went to the peak with me. A golden eagle made a dive just over our heads. It was rainy. The clouds were low. We were on top of the south peak. A powerful surge of electricity passed over the top of my head and my hair was standing on end. That is as close as I have been except when we were canoeing on the Green River in a storm. Another time I was with a friend and we were hiking in the cliffs with no visibility. Hiking Lone Peak has made a lasting impression on me, so much that I composed a piece titled Lone Peak to be performed by the Waterford School Concert Band. I have only crossed the ridge between the north and south peaks once. I was by myself, and instead of staying on the very top boulders I got on the gravel. It shook me up a bit when I started sliding. In my early years I hiked only to the south peak because that is the Alpine peak. I have since alternated going to the north and south.

There are at least three routes to Lone Peak. From Second Hamongog, take the furthermost east trail that goes to Lake Hardy. Follow the Lake Hardy Trail until it crosses over to the east side, then continue going up straight north. The route crosses over huge boulders the size of a truck. There are a few sand pits between the areas of boulders. Continue going north up to the ridge, then go east on the ridge. One can cross on the top of huge boulders with a view of both sides. After the ridge, continue up the mountain on a terrain of dirt, rocks, and flowers.

For a route that does not go on a ridge, take the trail that goes northwest out of Second Hamongog. The trail continues through and up a steep ravine, north and west of Second Hamongog. Follow the cairns, occasionally crossing over elephant-skin, conglomerate granite. When out of the ravine, head a little east to shoot up between the cliffs.

A third way is to from Suncrest. Drive down a cul-de-sac on the south side of Suncrest.  Go east over the roads toward Jacob’s Ladder. From the top of Jacob’s Ladder, go down the ravine and then up the long, steep, extensive climb. Continue north and then to the east. Go through a meadow. Cross through an area of huge, independent trees, many of which have been struck by lightning. Go through a stream bed. Follow the cairns. For much of the time you can see the both peaks. Being at the base of the peaks is astounding. Continue on the trail, north and then follow the ridge east. Hike up and through a  chimney. The trail continues east and up, and then goes around the mountain on the west side. There is boulder climbing to the north peak.

A variant of this hike is to go from the Draper Corner Canyon Park, continuing by vehicle on the dirt road going south and then east. Leave your vehicle in the parking lot and walk east along the road and trail that eventually goes to Jacob’s Ladder.

I took another variant once that I would not recommend. I took the Jacob Ladder route but then went on the cliffs around the mountain, south and east, to get to the south peak.

John Daniel Martha Lone Peak



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