Trail Details

Chipman Peak from Schoolhouse Springs TH<br />via South Thunder

Chipman Peak from Schoolhouse Springs TH
via South Thunder

 Hike Time (roundtrip): 7.5 to 13.0 hours
 Distance (roundtrip): 14.6 miles
 Elevation Gain: 5444 feet
 Main Aspect: All Directions
 Climb Rate: 746 feet per mile
 Average Grade: 14%
Notes: There are no easy trails to Chipman Peak, including this one. From Lake Hardy, you could either go up toward South Thunder and cross Lightning Ridge, or head east from Lake Hardy up the ravive at the end of the lake. Either way, you are going to be tired when you get there. There is also exposure in spots. 5
Trail shortcuts: Waypoints  Destination  Maps/Aerial Photos

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.
Waypoint 4
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.

Chipman Peak
 Elevation: 10954  Feature: Peak
Notes: I have been looking at Chipman Peak from my house for 10 years, and still have not found an easy way up to it. Most people summit the peak while passing between Pfeifferhorn and South Thunder on Lightning Ridge on the Beatout Traverse.

Location and Maps
 Latitude: 40.522229    Longitude: -111.723394 

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