Ascent of Lone Peak on 2016-08-19

Climber: Anthony Wilkinson

Others in Party:Paul Jensen
Date:Friday, August 19, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Lone Peak
    Elevation:11253 ft / 3429 m

Ascent Trip Report

Ascended Lone Peak with a friend on 19 August 2016. The weather was excellent.

The Jacob's Ladder Trail was quite steep up to Draper Ridge. This allowed us to reach the summit in the shortest distance possible (and from the highest elevation trailhead), but our feet and legs paid for it on the descent.

The trail was much more moderate in elevation gain from the Draper Ridge up to the cirque below Lone Peak, but route finding did come into play on the rocky, broken terrain. We found a gpx file on a GPS/smartphone to be helpful for keeping us on (or getting us back onto) the route, as there are multiple cairned routes in the area which cause confusion. The goal is to stay on the north side of the drainage as you climb, heading for the main ridge line to the north of Lone Peak.

The Class 3 scramble from the ridge line to the summit was shorter than I was anticipating, but exposed. The safest route had excellent holds and plenty of room, it just required taking our time to work through it. The view from the top was stunning. I don't know if any spot that compares to Lone Peak as far as rugged, cliff-bound vertical relief (over 7000') and proximity to a 2+ million population urban area in the USA.

We both carried well over a gallon of water for the route and found it insufficient, though I do find I sweat more than most people. In the future I'd consider taking the Cherry Canyon Logging Trail, as there is reportedly a reliable water source on that route. Jacob's Ladder has no water available once the snow melts.

Lone Peak was a great adventure.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5553 ft / 1692 m
    Round-Trip Distance:12.6 mi / 20.3 km
    Route:Jacob's Ladder Trail
    Trailhead:Jacob's Ladder Trailhead  5700 ft / 1737 m
    Grade/Class:Class 3 (exposed)
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Breezy, Clear
Mostly calm, then breezy on the descent. Wildfire smoke in the region obscured long-distance views.
Ascent Statistics
    Time:6 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:5 Hours 30 Minutes

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