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First Hamongog Trail #200

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A steep trail access into the Lone Peak Wilderness, up through two beautiful alpine meadows, known as the Hamongogs.


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3.3

Miles

5.2

KM

62%

Runnable

8,111' 2,472 m

High

5,529' 1,685 m

Low

2,583' 787 m

Up

3' 1 m

Down

15%

Avg Grade (9°)

35%

Max Grade (19°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek

No specific closure dates that I am aware of, but it does go into a wilderness area, so the only allowed means of transportation are by foot or on horseback.

Need to Know

This trail starts out at the Schoolhouse Springs trailhead in Alpine, near a large water tank. The last section of the road, right when it turns to dirt, can be kind of rough though, so you may need to park down lower, depending on the kind of vehicle you own. This may add approximately 1/3 of a mile to your route.

Runner Notes

There are large sections of this trail that are pretty smooth, dirt roads. However, as you get higher, the footing gets more difficult as the trails become less and less well maintained.

Description

This trail starts out by heading through a gate just above a water tower in Alpine, at the Schoolhouse Springs trailhead. After getting through the gate, the trail continues as a dirt road as it ascends into the foothills of the Wasatch Range. This dirt road starts out relatively mild in grade, but soon steepens as it starts to switch back and forth as it ascends toward the First Hamongog. There are some forks off of the main road, but in general this route follows the main road and doesn't veer off of it. One exception happens after approximately 1.25 miles, where there is a fork where a trail creates a shortcut in between two sections of a switchback in the road. Take this switchback, as it also helps you to avoid some corrals and associated buildings. This shortcut is pretty rutted in places, but this doesn't provide much of a challenge for those traveling on foot. This shortcut pretty soon meets back up with the road and continues toward the first Hamongog.

After approximately 1.75 miles, the trail starts to enter the first Hamongog, which is a small but picturesque meadow with a small creek running through it. At this point, there is also a sign saying you are entering the Lone Peak Wilderness, and the dirt road turns into a series of branching singletrack trails. A trail to the east eventually meets up with the Deer Creek-Dry Creek Trail #043, but this trail continues to the left and ascends toward the Second Hamongog. After leaving the First Hamongog, the trail steepens again and ascends in and out of small drainages and on small ridges, eventually meeting up with another trail at the entrance to the Second Hamongog. From the Second Hamongog, you can meet up with the Second Hamongog Trail #186 (it is labeled as 187 on USGS maps, but the US Forest Service labels it as #186). This trail descends toward Lone Rock and the Jacobs Ladder Trail.

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Shared By:

Tomsen Reed

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  4.5 from 4 votes

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