The chosen route was the well worn Jacobs Ladder trail at 12.6 miles in length. Jay had been to the top once before but it had been more than a couple years and I had never been up so we decided on what we perceived to be the easiest route to follow. Hah! What a laugh we had at that thought as we closed in on the cirque.
|Not quite to the cirque, Lone Peak is the pointy piece of granite just left of middle.|
|Jay, just before getting into the cirque, Utah Lake in the background|
The scramble up the north ridge was pretty straight forward until hand holds were required. I knew there would be some exposure at the top but I decided not to think about and just do it. The final couple hundred feet are probably the most nerve racking, but with Jay's encouraging words like "don't worry it's just a little loose dirt", I made it through. He was referring to the dirt sitting on solid granite and just a small hop off a ledge, I focused on the landing and not the loooong drop into Upper Bells Canyon.
Stats: 12.6 miles, 6,120' vertical, 5hrs 27mins.
Summit shots (none of which do it justice):
|Jay on the summit with Timp in the background|
|Me on the summit with Big Cottonwood ridge in the background|
|Pano shot from the top looking northeast|