Friday night, Evan and I headed up into the cirque of Lone Peak. Neither of us had been there before, so we figured it was a worthy adventure before Evan’s big wedding day in a few weeks. We hit the Jacob’s Ladder trail around 5:45, hoping to be in the cirque shortly around sunset.

The Jacob’s Ladder trail supposedly cuts off a fair amount of approach, but I personally found the trail hideous in every sense. It is steep and dusty, mainly on old roads, and there is no decent scenery. Luckily, once the trail merges with Draper Ridge, it was very enjoyable. The hike from the ridge, up through the cirque, and then up to the summit has to be considered one of the classics of the Wasatch. Stretch your neck well before heading up, as the twisting and craning can be overwhelming as you take in the granite walls towering all around.

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Evan near the junction of Draper Ridge and Jacob’s Ladder.
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Sunset from near the cirque.
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A lone pine, with Utah Lake in the distance.
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More from the sunset.

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Sunrise from below the cirque.
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Beautiful clouds above the cirque. The summit is in the middle of the image.
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Looking south at the summit, from the north ridge.
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Evan making the final push up the ridge to the summit.
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Evan in the squeeze.
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Looking back at Bighorn, Box Elder, South Thunder, and the Pfeifferhorn.
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Me on the summit, representing Utah County.
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Evan, reppin’ Salt Lake County.
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The Hero Shot.

 

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A huge panoramic from the summit. Click to see high resolution.