Every member of your hiking party should carry a minimum of at least one liter of water. The route contains 900 feet of elevation gain, and requires some route finding skills as only a faint hiker trail is available for most of the route. A GPS is useful in verifying you are on the correct route. The USGS 7.5' Maps titled "Draper" and "Lehi" show the area described. All waypoints and maps use the WGS84 datum. Storm Window Arch is rated 1A II using the Canyon Rating System.
As is typical when hiking most of the lower elevations along the Wasatch Front you might encounter a rattlesnake. Since there is no maintained trail to the arch you will be hiking cross-country through seldom hiked terrain which will increase your odds of an encounter. Rattlesnake are really not an issue and they do their best to avoid humans, but beware its not uncommon to see one on this hike.
The Orson Smith Trailhead is signed, easy to locate, contains a picnic area, information kiosk, and restrooms. On the south side of the Orson Smith Trailhead you will find a gate and the Corner Canyon Road. The gate is unlocked and open if the road is dry.
Follow the Corner Canyon Road south for 1.6 miles to the Bonneville Shoreline Trailhead (N40° 30' 22", W111° 50' 06"). The Bonneville Shoreline Trailhead (BST) is signed, easy to locate, contains a picnic area, information kiosk and restrooms. Most passenger vehicles can drive to this trailhead. Beyond this trailhead a high clearance vehicle is advised. Parking and walking from the BST adds one mile of easy road walking each way to your adventure. At the BST you will also find a second gate. The gate is unlocked and open if the road is dry.
From the Bonneville Shoreline Trailhead continue driving south on the Corner Canyon Road for 1.0 miles to the Jacobs Ladder/Ghost Falls Trailhead. Jacobs Ladder/Ghost Falls Trailhead is signed, easy to locate, contains a picnic area, information kiosk and restrooms. This is the trailhead for hiking Storm Window Arch. This is also a popular trailhead for hiking Ghost Falls.
From the trailhead hike up the Movie Road approximately 300-yards until you reach a steep descent. The top of this hill is the Jacobs Ladder Trail - Movie Road junction (N40° 29' 46", W111° 48' 55"). The Jacobs Ladder Trail turns east (right) and follows the ridge line, the Movie Road descends the gulley and than climbs steeply to the Movie Rocks.
From the Jacobs Ladder Trail - Movie Road junction you want to stop and plan your accent to Storm Window. Looking directly north you will see a granite rock outcropping on a ridge 750 feet above you. Storm Window Arch is located in the granite rock outcropping.
After planning your route, descend the Movie Road into the gully and cross the perennial stream (N40° 29' 49", W111° 48' 55"). Immediately after crossing the stream locate an emerging hiker trail on the west (left) side of the Movie Road. Hike up the steep emerging hiker trail and ascend the ridge line which begins to your west (left). If you stay on the ridge it will take you to Storm Window Arch (N40° 30' 05", W111° 48' 47").
Storm Window Arch is approximately 4-feet high by 25-feet wide. The arch is difficult to see from the south side unless you are standing directly in from of it. But it is easy to locate once you reach the granite rock outcropping.
There is also a second, smaller, arch located below Storm Window on the very west end of the rock outcropping. We call the second arch "Ambush" because it jumps out at you if your navigation takes you too far west on your accent to Storm Window. Ambush is about 4-feet tall by 3-feet wide.
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