The Schoolhouse Springs trails go up a south facing slope, so temperatures can get hot during summer months. Once you get past the 1st Hamongog, the scenery gets more exciting. The trail will take you to any destination on what Alpine old-timers call the North Mountain. The two most popular destinations are Lone Peak(photos) and Lake Hardy(photos). This page describes the trails leading to Lone Peak. (For Lake Hardy, go here)
- Schoolhouse Springs Trailhead to First Hamongog (photos) First, what is a “hamongog”? In this instance, it means “moutain meadow”. The name is derived from a reference in the bible meaning “Valley of the multitudes of Gog”.
This year (2010) the actual location of the trailhead has been changing because of the good work of an organization named Utah Wilderness Access Foundation (UWAF). They are working to get historical trails that go through private developments re-opened for public use. Because of them, the trailhead has been moved a 1/4 mile from the end of Aspen Dr to the Lehi water tank. The trail continues up an old road. There are a few shortcuts, but they are steeper than the road. You’ve arrived at the First Hamongog when you see the Lone Peak Wilderness sign and a bridge that enters a small meadow.
–>Miles from TH to 1st Hamongog:1.8mi Elevation gain:1530ft
- First Hamongog to Second Hamongog (photos) There’s a junction in First Hamongog. The left fork will take you to Second Hamongog. The right fork goes east, toward Dry Creek. This trail going to 2nd Hamongog goes through maple, which gives way to conifers as you get higher.
–>Miles from 1st Hamongog to 2nd Hamongog:1.4mi (3.2mi) Elevation gain:1100ft (2530ft)
- Second Hamongog to Lone Peak (photos) As you can see from the elevation/mileage ratio, this part of the trail is relatively steep – an average of 32%. You enter a steep drainage after leaving the 2nd Hamongog – this is the worst part of the trail for me. This summer, I’m going to try an alternate route just east of the drainage, I’ve found it’s easier to follow ridgelines than down near the creeks.
After getting out of this drainage, it’s all granite, so there’s no trail to speak of. Just head straight for the west summit in front of you. Turn right when you get close to it and go to the ridgeline. Follow the ridgeline up to the South summit. If you want to be on the true peak (it’s 50 feet higher than the south peak), you need to cross a class 3 rock bridge with lots of exposure – it’s 600 ft down on the west side and 1000 feet down on the east side.
–>Miles from Second Hamongog to Lone Peak:1.8mi (5.0mi) Elevation gain:3045ft (5575ft)
- Lone Peak (photos) You have great view from Lone Peak. When I was on the south peak a few years ago, there were people on the true peak. I hollered at them to take my picture, and email it to me. They got a great shot of me with Box Elder and Timpanogos in the background.