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McKennaBeware of changing weather  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 22, 2008


It was cool to see lightning actually strike the mountain in an explosion of rocks, flying in all directions. Got some great pics. Tip: Unless you are one of those marathon hikers, give yourself at least two nights to sleep during this hike. My feet have never hurt more than after this hike. Almost fell out of the car at the gas station.
Posted Dec 22, 2014 12:14 pm

PharmacistDay Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 23, 2014


started at 7am. took the "shortcut" from gunsight pass to anderson pass. saw some mountain goats. caught up with two guys from England on the summit ridge. first people I saw all day. They camped the night before near Dollar Lake. We summited together around 1pm and hurried off the mountain. Rain, snow, hail, sleet all took their turns in Painter Basin. up and over Gunsight again. saw only a couple more pairs of hikers coming in on my way out. lots of solitude. thunder and lightning like crazy the last 5 or 6 miles. glad to not be up high. back to the car at 7:30pm. ~28 miles total.
Posted Dec 2, 2014 5:56 pm

bshirleyUtah #1  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2001
on a several day backpacking trip with a friend from Japan.
Posted Nov 4, 2014 6:32 pm

mattleggettPowell-Kings-S. Kings  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 16, 2014


Camped at East Red Castle then came over from the ridge with Powell
Posted Sep 22, 2014 2:25 pm

Brian Kalet2 Peaks  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2014

Brian Kalet

With "West Gunsight Peak"
Posted Sep 8, 2014 2:56 pm

jeffh25HP # 40  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2014


Did it from Henry's fork and took the contour at Gunsight. I was worried about finding it but,(without snow cover at least) it's obvious. A little stretch of Class 2-3 but then it's worth not having to give up all your elevation. I didn't realize that the last stretch before the summit would be Class 2-3 again though. There's not much of a trail there and with so many people it seemed like the only real direction anyone knew to go was up but it wasn't too hard and there wasn't much of a right or wrong way to go.
Posted Aug 18, 2014 12:44 pm

mjp20kKings success  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2014


Standard route via Henry's Fork and Gunsight Pass; with Mark Duffy
Posted Aug 13, 2014 6:38 pm

HotovenLong Day Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2014


Did the Henry Folk trail, started at 4:00am and returned at around 7:30pm? Nice day out, a few storms, and some wildlife spottings.
Posted Jul 10, 2014 3:06 pm

Bark EaterUintas Success  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2014

Bark Eater

One of my longest day hikes but also most enjoyable..with Hotoven and Andy. Dropped into the Painter Basin because we missed the short cut trail across West Gunsight. Apparently you need to go up quite a bit directly from Gunsight Pass to avoid the cliff band and big talus slope. We were on top by 11:30 AM and it was threatening to storm by noon. 15 hours RT from Henry's Fork Trailhead. #37 State HP.
Posted Jul 7, 2014 12:14 pm

IdahoScottHighpoint #20  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2007


A backpacking trip with Robyn and the dogs. Saw some moose. Summer hail. Clear summit day. Ran into some of the ironmen who do this all in a 1 day slog.
Posted Apr 9, 2014 10:52 am

ZeeJaySki trip  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 29, 2014


3/29/2014 WMC one day ski trip. Super windy with blowing snow. 9 people made the summit.

3/30/2013 WMC one day ski trip. The conditions were as good as they get for the way back. Other than an occasional step here and there, glided or double poled the whole way back. 13:40 RT

3/31/2012 WMC one day ski trip. Nice hard crust on the way up and way too soft snow on the way down. Windy, but very warm. 14:53 RT. Skied through grass, mud, and small streams and over collapsing snow bridges.

3/26/2011 WMC one day ski trip. 0 degrees at the start. My food fell out of my sleeping bag and froze so I had to put it on the dash with the defroster on to thaw it. My breakfast was pretty crunchy. 9:25 up and 15:10 RT. Four of us made the summit. The most open water on the route that I have seen to date.

7/15/2010 Started at HF TH. Climbed Kings, S Kings, Painter Peak, Trail Rider Peak, Roberts Peak, N Emmons, Emmons, S Emmons, Owl, Lost BM, and Flat Top BM and exited via Dry Gulch in one long 21 hour day.

3/27/2010 The best conditions I've seen yet for this WMC one day ski event. 9 hrs to the summit and 14:40 RT. It was so nice to not have to ski back in the dark.

9/4/2009 With Scott Wesemann. We were lucky and just missed some really bad weather.

7/19/2009 Day hike from Henrys Fork TH. Expected a zoo, but saw almost no one.

7/7/2009 In one long 17 hour, 28+ mile day starting from the Henrys Fork TH, I did Kings Peak, S Kings Peak, Painter Peak (13387), and Trail Rider Peak (13247). Then descended into Painter Basin, back over Gunsight Pass, and back to the start. The weather was perfect.

Annual WMC ski trip. Grueling, but fun day and beautiful weather. Over a foot of new snow. 10 people made the summit. 16:45 round trip.

Annual WMC ski trip. Skied 14 miles, almost to the top of Gunsight Pass and then booted another 2 to the top of Kings Peak for 32 miles round trip. Left at 5:20 am (last person out of camp) and got back to the car at 9:20 pm for a total of 16 hours. I got to Gunsight Pass at 11:55 am, Kings at 3:05 pm, and back to Gunsight at 5:10 pm. Started at Henry's Fork winter parking which is another 7 miles round trip from the summer trailhead. Truly the hardest thing I've ever done. The weather was cloudy and it was flurrying off and on for the first 5 hours. Then it gradually cleared up but was incredibly windy from Elkhorn Crossing on. Fortunately, it was relatively warm (in the 20's). The skiing part was easy (at least for those of us who had been on skis more than once), the rest of it was not. The hardest part was traversing across the steep slope at the base of 13103 on the way to the base of Kings Peak. I got blown over once on the way over and slipped once on the way back, but fortunately brought an ice axe and managed two successful self arrests. Twelve people made it to the summit including MOCKBA and Moogie737 who had only been on x-country skis once before.

11 hour, 24 mile day hike from the Henrys Fork Summer TH with MM.

Early 1990's
A leisurely 5 day backpack with lesdubois. Started at China Meadows and went up Smiths Fork over Smiths Fork Pass, up to Andersons Pass, up to Kings, down to Painter Basin, over Gunsight Pass, across Henrys Fork Basin, over the lower part of the Flattop/Powell ridge and back to the start.
Posted Mar 30, 2014 3:20 pm

michaelblodgettKings Peak 13,528  Sucess!


Climbed this various times from various routes, also summited in 97,2009,2011
Posted Dec 29, 2013 12:31 am

kingchasFirst backpacking trip  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2012


Great mountain to have for my first backpacking experience. It was long but not too difficult. We didn't stay on the summit too long because we got caught in the middle of a snowstorm. High threats of lighting chased us off. Rained a lot in lower elevations.
Posted Dec 3, 2013 6:22 pm

JonathanHeywoodLimited Visibility   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 17, 2013
After spending the night at Lower Red Castle Lake, the morning revealed partly cloudy skies skirting the higher peaks. By the time I reached Kings Peak just past noon, rain, sleet, and snow had made travel more difficult and visibility meager. The subsequent hike down to Henry's Fork Lake was drearily cold. Still... a great hike despite the weather!
Posted Sep 20, 2013 6:25 pm

yojimbo722three day backpack trip  Sucess!


Camped at Dollar Lake. Should have taken the chute back - up and back through Gun Sight Pass made for a long day.
Posted Sep 17, 2013 9:56 am

wyomtnladychillin like kings  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2013


First time in the Uintas, a very unique mountain range indeed. Cool to see, but I'm not really drawn back. Dollar lake was a little tricky to find but a very nice place to stay. Passed a sizable flock of (domestic) sheep on the way down. We took it very chill and made it a three day trip, great time with friends.
Posted Sep 6, 2013 12:55 pm

wyomtman4 Kings  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2013


Fun 3 day weekend, great campsite at Dollar Lake. Took the short cut from Gunsight Pass to Anderson Pass and down a chute back down to the valley. Hiked it with my wife and two good friends from Wyo, timed the rain storms perfect. Very unique Range!
Posted Sep 3, 2013 10:00 am

Bun84067Bad forecast/good weather  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 27, 2013


Hiked in from the Henry's Fork TH and spent the night just off the trail near Dollar Lake in some trees. Got on the trail at 7:15, took the shortcut at Gunsight Pass, and summited in thick clouds before noon. Returned the same way. Rested for an hour, packed up camp, and back to the car before dusk.
No mosquitos to speak of. Some light rain a couple of times. A great trip!
Posted Aug 29, 2013 4:21 pm

technicolorNHday trip  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 22, 2013


Took the standard route over Gunsight Pass on the way up and went down the chute and across the meadow on the way back. Twelve and a half hours ctc with a lot of sheep in the meadow for comic relief. My second long day of this road trip.
Posted Aug 25, 2013 1:24 am

Matthew Van HornKingy  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 29, 2014

Matthew Van Horn

03/29/2014 Swanson ski-in

08/10/2013 From Henrys Fork trailhead: 2:36 to summit, 4:56 round trip

3/30/2013 Swanson Bros. 12:33 round trip

8/18/2012 Gilbert, King's, South King's 8:26:53 car to car (Utah Triple Crown)

8/13/2011 10 hours RT

3/27/2010 Swanson Bros annual King's Peak ski-in, 16:50 RT

3/28/2009 With the WMC annual Swanson Bros KPT. I won't say what my total trip time car to car was. It's not pretty.

Also climbed 8/08/2007
Posted Aug 13, 2013 4:14 pm

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