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mr kieranRoute Climbed: The Way Everyone Else Goes Date Climbed: June 2003  Sucess!
Did as a two day trip from Henry's Fork Trailhead. Nice scramble up the ridge and a tremendous view from the top. Excellent hike. Walked out the same day, the last half in the dark, surprising moose a couple of times in the blackness.
Posted Aug 6, 2005 5:54 pm

jnielsenRoute Climbed: Gunsight Date Climbed: 07/28/05  Sucess!
6 of us left Dollar Lake at around 9 am. We reached Anderson's Pass at 12:00 noon. It was a great hike at this point. We rested for about 15 minutes then made our ascent to Kings Peak and made it on top by 1p.m. Only 4 of the 6 made the hike all the way due to exhaustion. They waited and Anderson's Pass. Took the Chute down to save time. I don't think that it is that bad. Just take your time and you will be fine.
Posted Jul 31, 2005 2:25 pm

Scott WesemannRoute Climbed: Henrys Fork Date Climbed: 7/05  Sucess!

Scott Wesemann

Craig and I left our camp from Dollar Lake headed for West Gunsight peak. At GS pass we decided to go up and over a cliff band directly west of the pass. We were able to do some scrambling up some cliffs (5.3) and we also went over some steep snow. We used our trekking poles, as we had left the ice axes in the car. We reached the summit and had some lunch. Craig brought some smoked salmon that was great. We decided to bag Kings as well, so we did not stay long on top. The scramble up Kings was more interesting than usual, as there was quite a bit of snow on the mountain. We had to stay almost right on top of the ridge and there was a lot more exposure there, but nothing serious. We reached the summit and contemplated South Kings, but it was getting late, so we headed down. This was my fourth time on top of Kings and each trip was a unique and fun experience. Had a great glissade from the ridge, which saved some time. We opted to head back taking the shortcut to GS pass, over the East flank of West GS. We had a sphincter pinching glissade down a steep slope full of rocks. This hike was epic!
Posted Jul 27, 2005 5:51 pm

mattdalmanRoute Climbed: Henry's Fork Date Climbed: August 5, 2004  Sucess!


Camped at Dollar Lake. Hiked up Gunsight Pass and traversed across the side of West Gunsight Peak and then scrambled up the ridge of Kings Peak to the summit after waiting out a 10 minute hail storm 50 ft below the summit. Climbed down the ridge and then descended through Anderson Pass into Henry Fork's basin and back to camp. Great 3 day backpacking trip!
Posted Jul 22, 2005 5:59 am

bc44caesarRoute Climbed: Henry's Fork Date Climbed: 3 Jul 2005  Sucess!


Packed into a camp near a small lake above Dollar Lake in 3.5 hrs. Next day hiked to Gunsight Pass and then traversed the southern shoulder of West Gunsight Peak towards Anderson Pass. Countoured up to the ridge rather than go to the pass and then continued onto the summit which we reached after about 5 hrs. There was a lot of soft snow immediately after Gunsight Pass and we broke through to rock several times. We used crampons a lot on the upper ridge of Kings, and were able to glissade a large portion of the way down. We descended the snow couloir to the north of Kings rather than go back to Gunsight Pass. This also made for some fine glissading. We then hiked back out the same day reaching the trailhead after 11 hrs of hiking on the day.
Posted Jul 9, 2005 1:56 pm

HighCountryRoute Climbed: King's Peak Date Climbed: October, 2004  Sucess!


Did this one alone. What beautiful solitude! Actually, Bojo the Dog came along and was the best partner one could ask for. No complaining. Tried to get naked on the summit but it was just too cold. Came down by route of the "toilet bowl" col instead of the trail . It was a very steep descent down into the meadow. Moose, elk and deer abound.
Posted Jun 18, 2005 7:49 pm

mountaingazelleRoute Climbed: Henry's Fork Date Climbed: Aug 23, 1997  Sucess!


We camped at Dollar Lake the night before. Then we started early the next morning and took the short-cut after Gunsight Pass and made good time to Anderson Pass. I sat on the summit for an hour waiting for the rest of the team. I was worried because there was a incoming storm in the distance. We didn't stay long and hurried down. It rained all night and we left the next morning.
Posted Apr 30, 2005 9:34 pm

easleygoneRoute Climbed: Henry's Fork Date Climbed: Sept 1990  Sucess!
9 mile backpack to the campsite. Beautiful valley

and lake complete with incredible horde of mosquitos! Summitted by 10AM and reached

trailhead by 1PM. A good one!
Posted Apr 12, 2005 11:30 pm

Nate DRoute Climbed: Date Climbed: 1986  Sucess!

Nate D

A big one. I was especially proud of my 6 year old brother who summitted with the family, without complaints.

On our descent to the saddle, storm clouds swept in out of nowhere. Two young guys were on the way up, and we were somewhat concerned. Two days later, while hiking out in the hail, they caught up w/us and told us the amazing story of how one of them got struck by lightning just below the summit. He had 3rd degree burns down his back. Took him quite awhile to slowly come to his senses and have enough energy to get off the mtn. They had seen our base camp on the way up, and were counting on resting in our tents, but unfortunately for them, we had packed up immediately in the rain and headed out.

Wild, but true.
Posted Feb 28, 2005 4:49 pm

nebbenRoute Climbed: Henry's Fork/Gunsight Pass Date Climbed: September 12-13, 2003  Sucess!


My brother and I ventured out the weekend after the first Uinta snowstorm of the fall season. I was saddened that I didn't bring a celebratory beer to drink after coming back (like the group that just arrived back to the TH did). Dollar lake had quite a few people there already. No big deal... I had my picture taken with a pack llama that had helped a group coming in around 7pm. Very cool!

A chilly night (~18F), and we were off by 7AM. Made Gunsight pass, went through Painter Basin, were in awe by its beauty...got up about 1/2 mile from Anderson Pass and just went straight up the hillside towards the North Kings ridge. Got to the top, took a picture with my shirt off to feel all cool. Admired the views, considered decending the Anderson Pass shortcut, went back into Painter Basin instead. The regular Painter basin/Gunsight way is loong. Thought about napping, but packed up camp and got back to the trailhead near 9PM.

I reached SLC after midnight, and then found out my brother was missing his camera. I drove back to the TH at 5AM , found the camera next to our parking space, and came back on UT 150 to visit the Wasatch Co highpoint in my PJs. A lot of sheep on UT 150...
Posted Feb 11, 2005 5:54 pm

nebbenRoute Climbed: Henry's Fork/Gunsight Pass Date Climbed: September 16-17, 2004  Sucess!


Started out at about 6pm,saw very many moose (bull, cows, calfs), and had dinner by Dollar Lake near 11PM (realized I forgot outer jacket). Warm night (~40F), and left camp early in the morning. Successfully called in sick at 9:45AM on gunsight pass after repeated attempts. We didn't see any people until we were 15 minutes from the top. Surprise! They were state highpointers. I must have impressed them with my county highpointing knowledge =). Then, they proceeded to boast about bagging a couple of other thirteeners on their way back to camp. =( I became jealous.

Great weather the whole way- we were back down after unsuccessfully looking for the Gunsight shortcut, and to the car by 8:00PM and near total darkness.
Posted Feb 11, 2005 5:46 pm

AndinistalocoRoute Climbed: standard Date Climbed: Summer '96  Sucess!


Fun hike and climb - wish I'd taken more time to explore the area! Saw some moose and other wildlife, including about 3,245,204 mosquitos....

Posted Jan 8, 2005 1:47 am

maraudersRoute Climbed: Henrys Fork Route Date Climbed: June 1996  Sucess!


Long, but enjoyable hike. Take a few days to slow down and enjoy this one. Great summit with awesome views.
Posted Dec 23, 2004 1:26 am

sheldonjrRoute Climbed: Anderson Pass Date Climbed: July, 1999  Sucess!


I haven't tried the other routes, but I'd recommend this one anyway.
Posted Oct 18, 2004 9:38 pm

craghagRoute Climbed: gunsight pass Date Climbed: July 29,2000  Sucess!


My number two peak. A college girl hurled on the summit. The altitude was a challenge.
Posted Oct 7, 2004 11:08 am

Nyle WaltonRe: Route Climbed: gunsight pass Date Climbed: July 29,2000

Nyle Walton

Why don't you try something really challenging like the Grand Teton? Kings Peak is so unimpressive that it gets lost among all the nearby hills.
Posted Mar 24, 2012 6:58 am

ecallahanRoute Climbed: Henry's Fork Trailhead Date Climbed: 26 September 2003  Sucess!


Exhausting day after a summit of nearby Gilbert Peak. Climb is similar with large boulders you must crawl over. Went up the rockslide insdead of through the pass. Much more fun to come down that way than to go up. Heard and saw many rocks fall while we were there. Clear day, could see smoke from fires to the south.
Posted Oct 5, 2004 6:36 pm

woodstriderRoute Climbed: Henry's Fork Stream Date Climbed: August 27, 2004


I loved this place. I stayed 3 days and nights. Came down "the toilet bowl" from Anderson Pass, this is certainly a quick way up or down, though a bit uninteresting as a round trip. Lots of sheep. No register at the top, OK- I didn't see it.
Posted Sep 8, 2004 5:17 pm

matthewz314Route Climbed: Dollar Lake--Gunsight Pass Date Climbed: July 14, 2004  Sucess!
We lost our Canon video camcorder in the boulder field/meadow, right after we summited Kings Peak. Lightning and thunder chased us off Utah's highest peak. Rain and hail humbled us as we hid in between boulders from the loud electricity. If anyone finds our camcorder please contact Matt or Liz at (509)868-2299 or (509)879-9390. We'll pay a reward of $150. Thanks.

Posted Jul 21, 2004 2:45 pm

Scott WesemannRoute Climbed: Henry's Fork Date Climbed: 7/97 7/98 8/03

Scott Wesemann

This is a great hike. I have had altitude sickness twice and it was not fun at all. 8/03 Did the hike with reporters from the Deseret news. Had extreme AMS on the summit and had to abort attempt at Utahs highest three peaks in one day. The descent was very difficult and I threw up several times. It took longer to get down than it did going up. Ravell and Craig pushed on and were able to climb South Kings and Gilbert to make the highest three in one day.

-Climbed Kings for the 4th time in July 05 with Craig Lloyd. Also did West Gunsight (See trip report)

-8/5/08 Climbed Kings in one day from the trailhead and back. It was a perfect day with excellent weather. We started at 3:30 AM and were on the summit before 10:00. We spent an hour on top and took our time on the way out and we reached the trailhead 4:37 PM. This was my 5th time on top. (see trip report)

- 9/4/09 Day hike. We made great time to Anderson Pass and then the lack of sleep caught up with me (1:15). I was very slow up to the summit. The clouds were building, so any thought of South Kings was out. My knee was really hurting on the way out, so it was a little slow, but we had a great time and the weather held until we were almost at Elk Horn. We had a great day, but the drive home was the WORST! I was exhausted. 6th time on the summit. I'll be back. To see a video of what altitude, 12+ miles and an hour of sleep can do to the human body, check this video out that I took as I made it to the summit: http://www.youtube.com/user/Utah13ers#p/a/u/0/PQVbEgNrJC4

7/15/10- Ran/hiked to the summit from Henry's Fork in 4:50 (PR). A little over 10 hours RT. Had a great time, but I was wrecked. 7th time to the summit.

8/21/10- Quest for Kings marathon. Made it to the top in 3:50 (PR) and RT 8:29. What a fun day. 8th summit.

8/13/11- With MattV and Josh. Started at 10:45 pm. Summited at 3:30 am and puked on top. Wanted to do a double, but didn't have time. 9th summit of King's.

8/11/12- Triple Crown (highest 3 peaks in Utah) in 13 hours car to car with Josh Greenwell. We started in wet conditions in the dark and it slowed us down a lot. Summited Kings in 3:55 and then cruised over and tagged S. Kings. I took a tough fall on the saddle on the return trip over Kings. We ran back over the Gunsight plateau with our crew (they were running the Quest 4 Kings marathon) and reached the base of Gilbert in 7:30. We went up the chute and filled up in the spring. At the top of the chute we got blasted by the wind the rest of the way up to Gilbert and it took the steam right out of me. The descent and run out was a death march.

8/16/15- With Craig Lloyd, Matt Williams, Tara Summers and Nate Younger. Summited in 3:39. Also hit Henry's Fork Peak. 11th time on top.
Posted Jun 10, 2004 1:45 am

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