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warriorpoetSerac Club 2008  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 21, 2008


We spent two days skiing into Dollar Lake, via Henry's Fork. We broke trail through fresh snow on both days, Wed & Thur. From our camp near Dollar Lake, we headed for the summit at 9AM on Friday. We skied up Gunsight Pass, stripped our skis, and traversed the snowfield on the east face, heading south. We then skied a little further, and ran out of snow. So we ditched the skis, and bare-booted it up into the basin on the east of King's Peak, across mixed snow and rocks. reaching the base of King's about a quarter mile south of Anderson Paas, we climbed up the face onto the ridge, and summited about 2:40PM. On the way back, we ran into strong winds near Gunsight. My skis felt like a sail on my back. We sometimes had to ground ourselves to keep from blowing over, This was especially unnerving crossing back over the snowfield to Gunsight, where gusts tried to pull us off the mountain. Without crampons, I frequently had to plant the shaft of my axe, and lean into the mountain until the wind subsided. I'd never self-arrested going head-first, and didn't want to learn here. It took us an hour to go about 100 yds. When we reached Gunsight Pass, we were hit by a 50-60 MPH wind from the west. We ducked behind a large rock for shelter, hoping the wind would die down. Finally, we decided to push forward down into the pass. We had to lean hard into the wind and push off with our trekking poles to counteract the large wind profile of the skis on our backs. The wind was milder further down the pass, enough that we were able to stop and put our skis on. From there, we skied back to Dollar Lake. In retrospect it we may have presented less of a profile to the wind, and had better balance, had we strapped the tips of our skis together while carrying them. From now on, I'll always have the strap readily accessible. We headed back on Saturday morning. It took us two days to ski in, and three hours to ski out.
Posted Mar 24, 2008 1:22 am



Hiked in to Dollar Lake and set-up camp. Terrible winds blew in the night before pushing for the top preceeding an impending snow storm. We decided to bail before getting caught up in the Uinta's notorious bad weather.
Posted Feb 26, 2008 3:24 am

tpThe King!  Sucess!


I've been up a few times. This is a nice climb, with an excellent view from the top. My favorite approach is up China Meadows over Smiths Fork Pass (passing Red Castle) and approaching up Anderson Pass from the west side of the mountain. This route provides more solitude than the popular Henry's fork route.

Posted Feb 14, 2008 11:06 pm

merrillDollar Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2006


My wife's first state highpoint. Nice mosquitoes by the way. We left a day earlier than planned.
Posted Feb 11, 2008 2:51 pm

jimeganKINGS PK  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2004


Posted Feb 7, 2008 11:12 am

GarfimiHenrys Fork Basin  Sucess!


Have summitted Kings multiple times. Climbed Kings Peak in a day. That was a riot. Got caught in a hail storm and had to spoon with my younger brother to keep warm. Never had been so cold in my life. One of my greatest natural highs when I first summitted Kings when I was a little Boy Scout. Great memories and stories. Still love going to Henrys Fork Basin even though it has become very popular.
Posted Dec 31, 2007 12:28 am

BassoonCrazy Storm  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2007


Climbed this with my uncle. We made it to the top before the big crowds and turned right around when we saw the storm heading our way- it amazed me how many idiots passed us heading up as we worked our way down the boulder field, even with our warning. The t-storm pounded us for 2 hours of the descent, but cleared up beautifully later. A great, great climb.
Posted Dec 16, 2007 9:53 pm

Lubosgreat fun in winter
Date Climbed: Mar 23, 2006


I did the WMC cross country trip but did not summit. I need skins next time.
Posted Dec 8, 2007 7:22 pm

lcarreauKings Peak in 1981  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 30, 1981


In 1981, I didn't know about any moose. I was camped
west of Dollar Lake with my brother, and we heard a
very strange noise in the middle of the night. It was
a constant grunting sound. There wasn't any other camps
or people around, so we concluded it was a bull moose.
Higher up around Gunsight Pass, we saw a coyote chasing
a deer. This is a very special place. I would recommend that
people experience this wonderful & primative area.
Posted Dec 8, 2007 2:47 pm

garrisdAugust '04 Summit with My Son


Hiked in from Henry's Fork, camped at Dollar Lake. Just about got trampled by stampeding moose through our campsight! Summit day avoided Painter Basin and Anderson Pass by going up and over talus field just past Gunsight. Traversed cirque to top of basin and then ascended King's from normal route. Descended down talus on face of King's ("toilet bowl")and back down the way we came. Wouldn't recommend the toilet bowl. Shaky rocks and much longer route than appearance would suggest make for a less-than-ideal descent. Fantastic trip!
Posted Sep 8, 2007 8:08 pm

dr_gonzKings Peak  Sucess!


We approached from the Red Castle area and camped under the SW face. Gorgeous area with plenty of solitute while we were there. Did it with my dad and brother. Good times, great company.
Posted Sep 4, 2007 3:50 pm

edevartFrom Flaming Gorge  Sucess!


Climbed as part of The Everett Ruess Trail. Left Hwy 44 near Flaming Gorge Res and followed the Highline Trail to Mirror Lake Highway. Kings Peak was one summit along the way. The Uintas rock.
Posted Aug 27, 2007 11:28 pm

dandrewGreat Luck with the Weather!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 24, 2007


Not a cloud in the sky the whole day!!! We could see most of the Wasatch Range from the summit. Camped near Gunsight Pass, got an early start, and were back around noon. Went down the "toilet bowl"--don't think I'll do that again...
Posted Aug 24, 2007 11:15 pm

lasvegaswraithL-O-N-G  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2006


Dayhiked via the traditional Henry's Fork route. Made great time to the summit and kinda cheated by coming straight down the chute from Anderson pass to regain the trail. I didn't think the chute was nearly as bad as many climbers say - but I didn't have anyone bombing me either... As most people don't dayhike, it was pretty lonely from Dollar back to the trailhead, but very nice. Caught a quick view of some moose (moosen?!?) and succeeded in not getting trampled!
Posted Aug 17, 2007 7:08 pm

shmyers21Kings Peak 2007  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2007


My wife and I were looking forward to climbing this peak all year long. It was a great 3 day backpacking trip. We took the trail the whole way to the top. We were lucky because we made it to the summit for about 15 minutes, then we were caught in a rain shower, with lightning and all. But we made it. Kings peak was Highpoint #2 for us!
Posted Aug 16, 2007 7:00 pm

mntmanmike1st highpoint  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2007


This is my first state highpoint but will not be the last. Had beautiful weather the entire trip and saw three moose. Did the hike with my 55 year old dad and we had no problems making it to the top. Camped at Grass Lake and surprisingly didnt see another soul except when on the trail.
Posted Aug 1, 2007 12:06 am

Tracyclimbed from Sawmill Lake via Gunsight Pass (16th state HP)  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2007


I climbed this one with my brother Eric (with whom I had unsuccessfully attempted it 22 years earlier from the Timothy Lakes), my brother Guy, my bro-in-law Michael Eschenberg, and 3 of my nephews (Spencer and Matthew Foutz and Zachary Eschenberg). We descended via "the Chute".
Posted Jul 27, 2007 1:08 pm

paclimberGunsight / Painter's Basin / Anderson
Date Climbed: Jul 17, 2007


Scenic climb once above tree line. Trail was relatively crowded for a wilderness area. Many animals present (humans, horses, llamas, sheep). Drizzled on us on occaision. Otherwise, a fun climb. State Highpoint #47.
Posted Jul 19, 2007 6:24 pm

vanman798Wow Altitude  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 31, 2013


August 31, 2013 - Camped in the basin below the "toilet bowl" chute Aug 30, then summited next morning with my brother and nephew. Had hail at the camp spot, but a clear day on the peak.

Sept 4, 2011 - Left Elk Horn crossing at 5:15 am, which allowed me to beat the Labor Day weekend infestation of Kings Peak hikers, as I was the first on Kings that day (arriving at 9:30 am). Sat on top for an hour, and still had it to myself, then I headed over to South Kings, Peak 13,306 (2nd Gemini), and Peak 13,387 (1st Gemini aka "Painter Peak"). Back tracked to the saddle between 2nd Gemini and S. King, and desended into Painters Basin and would never make that mistake again! After 15 hours I was back at Elk Horn Crossing.

July 24 - 27, 2008 I did a solo trip to the Henry's Fork basin during which I climbed five peaks over 13,000 ft in 2 days. King's peak was the fifth of the five. I must admit to having summit fever as I climbed this peak during a classic High Uintas summer afternoon rain and lightening storm. I have never felt static in the air so strong, as it buzzed between my ski poles on my backpack. Near the peak the rain turned to grauple. When I lifted my camera to take a self-portrait the static nearly shocked me, and I thought for sure it had burned out my camera. Needless to say I was very much in fear!


First time was September 2, 2006.

click here to read my trip reportWhat a beautiful area. I walked to the base of Gunsight pass, and camped next to a lake there. Was up early next day and on my way to the peak, and didn't see anyone else until I got over the pass and into the basin. I was on top before the crowds arrived. Read my trip report.
Posted Jul 16, 2007 4:27 pm

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


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

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