Trail Details

South Thunder from Schoolhouse Springs Trailhead<br />via Lake Hardy

South Thunder from Schoolhouse Springs Trailhead
via Lake Hardy

 Hike Time (roundtrip): 7.0 to 12.0 hours
 Distance (roundtrip): 12.2 miles
 Elevation Gain: 5644 feet
 Main Aspect: South
 Climb Rate: 925 feet per mile
 Average Grade: 18%
Notes: It’s possible to leave Lake Hardy, going around the west side and heading up the rock field, to reach South Thunder. It’s a rugged climb. 8
Trail shortcuts: Waypoints  Destination  Maps/Aerial Photos  Links


Trailhead
Schoolhouse Springs TH
Trailhead Elevation: 5510 ft
Trailhead Outhouse: No
Area: Utah Valley
Area Location: Various locations on east and north ends of the valley
Area Fee: None
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Notes: To get to the Schoolhouse Springs trailhead, follow the main road north through Alpine. It will eventually curve to the east. Turn north on Grove Street. It goes north with a sharp 90 degree curve to the east. Take the first left after the curve, then the first left off that road. Follow the dirt road to the Lehi Water Tank. The trail starts when you crawl through the gate.


Waypoint 1
First Hamongog
 Elevation: 7100  Feature: Meadow
Notes: 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. The trail is to this meadow is somewhat boring. However, all trails leading away are fantastic. The trail splits here, the left for continues to 2nd Hamongog and the right trail go to East Hamongog.
Waypoint 2
East Hamongog
 Elevation: 7280  Feature: Meadow
Notes: It’s not as well known as the other 2 hamongogs (meadows), and people passing through might not even realize they are in the hamongog. Still, in my opinion, its the easiest way to Lake Hardy.
Waypoint 3
Lake Hardy
 Elevation: 10300  Feature: Lake
Notes: This is a great destination. When I was there in 2007, someone had rubber boats stashed. I heard they stock the lake with fish. This would be a good base for climbing Bighorn, South Thunder or Chipman Peak.


Destination
South Thunder
 Elevation: 11154  Feature: Peak
Notes: It is well guarded, so any route will be somewhat difficult. See Bells Canyon, Hogum Gulch and Lake Hardy from its summit.


Location and Maps
 Latitude: 40.532534    Longitude: -111.734904 

 WasatchHiker Map (shows trails)    
 Google Map (shows lat/lon on map)


External Links
for this trail
Route Description  SummitPost
 WillhiteWeb
Trip Report  Micks Mountain
 SummitPost


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