Lone Peak Wilderness Area


Specific Area Information

Location: North Central Utah, between Salt Lake City and Provo, Utah
USGS Quad: Dromedary Peak, Draper and Timpanogos Cave
Difficulty: Moderate to severe with elevations from just under 5,000 feet to over 11,000 feet. Trails are easy to follow, but may cross extremely rough terrain at high elevations.
Use: Light to heavy, especially heavy on weekends and near lakes.
Weather: Summer temperatures can range from near 90 degrees in the daytime to below 40 degrees at night. Occasional summer thunderstorms can be expected.

About the Area

The Lone Peak Wilderness was established under the Endangered American Wilderness Act of 1978. It comprises approximately 30,088 acres. Situated in the central Wasatch range, this wilderness is generally bounded on the north by Little Cottonwood Canyon, on the south by American Fork Canyon, on the west by the Salt Lake and Utah Valleys and on the east by Twin Peaks.

This area provides a spectacular backdrop for the growing urban areas along the Wasatch Front. This area contains very rugged terrain with narrow canyons and high peaks, including the Little Matterhorn at 11,326 feet and Lone Peak at 11,253 feet. Snow often remains on these peaks until midsummer. Much of the higher elevation is alpine, with large, open cirque basins and exposed rocky ridges. Douglas fir, subalpine fir, and aspen grow in isolated patches on north-facing slopes. Dense mountain brush mixed with sagebrush and grass dominates the lower altitudes.

Photo: People back country skiing in the Maybird area.The region is geologically complex with a mixture of sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous rock formations in dramatic relief, as well as colorful bands stretching for great distances across mountainsides. Carving of the present alpine topography is due to glaciation with erosion the current dominant force in the land sculpturing process.

A few small natural and reservoired lakes add to the scenic beauty. Most of the use is concentrated in the Red Pine and Maybird area. Both have lakes as a destination and receive many hikers and overnight backpackers, many of whom are fishing or hoping to climb the Pheifferhorn. These areas are also part of the restricted watershed area.

To preserve and protect the physical and aesthetic environment, National Forest wilderness areas are closed to motor vehicles, mechanized equipment, hang gliders, and bicycles. In addition, parts of this wilderness lay within the culinary watershed for Salt Lake County and special restrictions concerning camping, swimming, and domestic animals apply. Please help protect wilderness for future generations by learning and practicing "No-Trace" camping and hiking techniques.

The following act are prohibited in the Lone Peak Wilderness Area: Group sizes exceeding 10 persons, camping within 200 feet of lakes, trails, or other sources of water, camping for more than 3 days at one site, short cutting a trail switchback, and disposing of garbage, debris, or other waste. No open fires are allowed in the Red Pine Fork and Maybird Gulch drainages within the Lone Peak Wilderness.

For further information, please contact the Salt Lake Ranger District at (801) 733-2660