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osatrikDollar Lake / Gunsight  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2007

osatrik

There are several nice camp sites along the trail between Dollar Lake and the turnoff to Henrys Fork Lake. We stay at one of them rather than among the plentiful sites around the lake -- a short hike to water from the upper reaches of Henrys Fork. Holed up in tent for nearly three hours due to thunderstorms, which were strong the previous day, too. So we started early from Dollar Lake on summit day, alas no rain this day! The scree slope return from Anderson Pass did not look that appealing, so we opted to return via the Gunsight Pass ascent route. I didn't find the scramble from Anderson to the summit nearly as entertaining as some evidently do -- just tedious. About 20 summited this day; we were unable to find a summit register.
Number 43 of my 49 state high points, about #10 for companion Dan L and about #30 for Richard. The approach (and departure) are an endless 6+ miles of barely 200 ft/mile, but the upper Henrys Fork valley is undeniably scenic and the main trail offers numerous nice vantage points well above the valley floor.
Posted Jul 16, 2007 3:26 pm

Dave KAnderson Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2007

Dave K

Very fun and easy climb. We ditched our backpacks at the pass and 45 fun minutes later we were at the top.
Posted Jun 20, 2007 3:53 am

LonePeakFreakGreat Mountain  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 25, 2007

LonePeakFreak

Really enjoyed this mountain. Lots of water, mud, and snow in the basin this time of year. Incredible views from the summit and a nice glissade down the chute from Anderson Pass. Long trail but well worth the effort.
Posted May 27, 2007 11:11 pm

boisedoccrowded  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2004

boisedoc

Any thoughts of solitude were ruined by a huge group of boyscouts but still pretty nice. Overall, however, I was a bit disappointed with the Uintas in comparison to other western ranges
Posted Apr 7, 2007 2:31 am

The edgeHP #44  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2003

The edge

At the end of a solo raod trip with my Westfalia...
Just because I received a call from Montreal that encouraged me to continue onwards and finish my set goals...
Thank Tiger for the call... you don't even know how great that felt!!! Soloed it on a two days span... From Dollar Lake..to the top... very early just before lightening started coming...
It was a good thing I was off the summit just 20 minutes later... bad weather came in...!!
Six to go!!
Posted Mar 14, 2007 4:14 pm

weeds19Wonderful Wilderness  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2002

weeds19

We had a great time on our 3 day trip to Kings. The scenery is spectacular and the hiking isn't too strenuous. The High Uintas is my favorite spot in Northern Utah.
Posted Jan 27, 2007 5:09 am

smithdc27anderson/gunsight  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2005

smithdc27

fun times, camped at top of yellowstone drainage the night before
Posted Dec 10, 2006 2:21 am

atavistUtah  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 9, 2004

atavist

Beautiful region, saw several moose at the trailhead, and was extremely hungry when I made it back to the road
Posted Nov 13, 2006 7:23 am

OutdoorpartnerLightening is bad!
Date Climbed: Jun 6, 2004

Outdoorpartner

Got to the ridge, then a lightening strike flashed so close my jacket heated up. Made a hasty retreat, then ended up backpacking out in 2 days of snow.
Posted Oct 5, 2006 6:00 am

newenglandhikerFirst western state highpoint  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 24, 2006

newenglandhiker

Hikes with a great bunch of guys, stayed at Dollar Lake, perfect weather on summit day.
Posted Sep 16, 2006 3:12 pm

KirtDavisFrom Henry's  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 21, 2006

KirtDavis

Wow. Spent a few days at Dollar Lake. Hardly any one here, passed them on the way down.

The ascent was a rocky scramble, but the views, and bragging rights of standing on top of Utah are worth it.
Posted Sep 8, 2006 10:12 pm

CurtVia Henry's Fork  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2006

Curt

We fished our way up and down the Henry's Fork on our way in and out, which made for a fun, leisurely hike. We camped near Dollar Lake. We took the shortcut from the top of Gunsight Pass, leapfrogging several parties. The view from the summit was beautiful, and we enjoyed great weather for the duration of the trip. I was shocked at the amount of traffic in the area, but I guess I shouldn't have been, considering the ease of access and Labor Day weekend.
Posted Sep 7, 2006 7:52 pm

Moogie737Potpourri for routes and times  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 29, 2008

Moogie737

#1 9-17-04 w/ Ben #2 8-29-06 w/ Kimball #3 3-29-08 Third time at the summit but the first in winter conditions. See the write-up by Zeejay for details. It was one of the hardest, most grueling things I have ever done, including Aconcagua. But was it worth it? You betcha! Zeejay was the last one out of camp in the a.m. but I was the last one BACK into camp, a rather dubious distinction I might say. But I did make it back, thanks to Steve Swanson. I do not recommend doing this trip if you have only one hour of practice on cross-country skis! :) #4 8-15-13 W/ Brent; first peak of the Northern 4(5)!
Posted Aug 31, 2006 4:31 am

Holsti97Kings Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 24, 2006

Holsti97

Started from Henrys Fork Campground where I met Dean Molen and Dennis Poulin who had just finished all of the Utah County highpoints. Hiked with my son Ryan and 5 other motley HPers Roy, Bill, Rick, Jack, and Merle to Dollar Lake and camped overnite. Started before sunrise and hiked through Gunsight Pass up the shortcut across Anderson Pass and then to the summit. Had perfect weather for the hike. Took the shortcut down the "toilet bowl" on the way back which saved us about 2 hours. Very rocky scree and not very good footing. Camped at Dollar Lake one more night and then hiked out and had lunch at Sills Cafe in Mountain View, WY. It was a great group of guys to hike with and a beautiful climb. Headed to Panorama Point, Nebraska after lunch. HP #18.
Posted Aug 29, 2006 4:44 pm

Joseph ClaghornDay 1 - Cakewalk - Day 2 - Hell  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 16, 2006

Joseph Claghorn

Hiked in the evening of day 1 to dollar lake without any difficulty and camped there. Took the gunsite shortcut (recommended). There's a lot of scrambling to get up to the top from Anderson pass. Don't carry a big pack to the summit. The hike out seemed to go on forever through a fairly non-descript forest in the dark.
Posted Aug 28, 2006 11:21 pm

Dennis PoulinHenry Fork Std Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 21, 2006

Dennis Poulin

This was a nice hike with a good friend. Nothing technical, just lots of rock hopping.
Posted Aug 28, 2006 8:06 pm

DeanGunsight/Anderson route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 21, 2006

Dean

Dennis and I went up via the climber's shortcut and then down via the toilet bowl (not recommended) When we summitted, there were 7 of us on top and we got down before a thunderstorm threatened the peak. A dad and three daughters plus a fellow from Georgia shared the summit time. This was the second to last of the Utah county highpoints that Dennis and I had left. Gilbert was to be the last one of the 29. Yea..
Posted Aug 26, 2006 5:29 pm

Xtreme532Best trip  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 17, 2002

Xtreme532

Best trip ever..first big mountain hike. Got seperated, friend got sick, played "floating down a river to cracker barrell", so many memories. This is a fun hike with friends!
Posted Aug 14, 2006 8:53 pm

RenardoWatch the weather  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2004

Renardo

Got caught in a storm at 10 AM on the summit. Couldn't see there was a problem until crossing the summit ridge. Lots of hail and lightning. Not something I want to do again. Hiked 13 miles back to camp then 8 more miles with the pack back to the car in pouring rain. Glad this one is over!
Posted Aug 6, 2006 9:08 pm

jazamooAscent: Henrys Fork, Descent: scree chute  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2006

jazamoo

my first state high point (unless I accidentally climbed the nearly inexistant DE highpoint), and so impromptu! waking up near Bryce Canoyn after 3 days of exploring the region, thinking, "I'm bored of the touristy stuff. Tired of red rocks. I miss the mountains." Thus, I drove up north and climbed Kings Peak. Snowed on the summit! (snow in July, for me, from California, is amazing). The hike was gorgeous, but sort of kicked my butt near the top, since I didn't prep beforehand or acclimate at all. Did it in a dayhike, running down the final few miles trying to (but unsuccessful) beat Helios' descent. The scree chute down, by the way, was fantastic fun, much better than Henrys Fork and going all the way around the backside of the mountain range to the left of Kings (which looks like a giant nipple; there's three of 'em). Feel AWESOME :)
Posted Jul 26, 2006 3:21 pm

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