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seanpeckhamfrom China Meadows  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2009


Base camp was at Smiths Fork Lake, climbed Kings on day 2. The huge alpine meadows we crossed between Smiths Fork Pass and Anderson Pass were really nice. Had to wait at Anderson Pass to see what the storm would do - when it looked like it was blowing away to the east, we went for it and the weather was nice by the time we got to the top. This is at least as cheesy as it is cool, but we brought Kings Peak Porter to drink on the summit. Day 3 climbed Wilson Peak and spent a third (and cold) night before heading down.
Posted Jul 22, 2009 12:26 am

craghagBrokethumb Mountain  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2008


Dayhike. I hiked solo until I hooked up with Art and Jeff. Art and i missed the short cut at Gunsight and suffered through pain-ter basin to summit jamboree. Upon departing the summit block,I slipped on snow and broke my left hand):. Thanks to Art and Jeff for medical services rendered.
Posted Jul 18, 2009 1:01 pm

mrchad9Kings Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2008


Up the standard route over Gunsight Pass, down Anderson Pass. Great trip with too many mosquitos. Spent an hour watching two huge moose eating grass from bottom of a lake near camp- pretty cool.
Posted Jul 7, 2009 6:59 pm

Ammon HatchHenrys Fork  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 27, 2009

Ammon Hatch

Did as a dayhike from Henrys Fork. Also climbed West Gunsight on the way.
Posted Jun 28, 2009 1:34 pm

ericwillhiteKings and Henry Fork Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2006


Great trip up this peak on the standard route...had I known at the time I would become a Utah peakbagger, I would have grabbed the south peak instead of Henry Fork Peak. Trip report, map and pics at http://www.willhiteweb.com/state_highpoint/utah/kings_peak_016.htm
Posted Jun 18, 2009 5:10 pm

highpeakskierOne day round trip  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 8, 2009


One day Ski tour. A long 30 miles....
Posted May 9, 2009 2:21 pm

ivyonupOvernight  Sucess!


My fiance and I started this hike around 7pm. We got a couple good hours of hiking in before it was dark, then we busted out our headlamps for an interesting overnight hike. Trouble was, there was a bit of thunderstorms that night and we found ourselves a little ahead of schedule to summit at sunrise. We got pretty cold that night - but it was a whole new hike for us on the way back in the daylight! Either way, it was a beautiful hike and well worth our overnight adventure!
Posted May 5, 2009 8:31 am

DigiclimberStorm  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2003


Reached the peak just as a huge storm rolled in, had to go straight down the chute and bushwhack back to camp, very cold and kinda scary cause of the lightning. Good Times!
Posted Apr 2, 2009 11:16 am

sassyplattLong approach!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2003


Gorgeous country! Thunderstorms really are a concern. Lots of unhappy boy scouts on the trail.
Posted Jan 24, 2009 7:27 pm

alphasteveClassic  Sucess!


Fun Classic especially if you have less experienced folks. Also great mid-point for the highline trail push.
Posted Dec 24, 2008 1:51 am

byatesSkied and hiked  Sucess!


Multiple times always in a day.
Posted Dec 7, 2008 10:56 pm

dfrancomLong ago  Sucess!


I can't remember exactly how old I was but it was a while ago.. I remember it was snowing on top.. didn't get much of view
Posted Oct 20, 2008 3:09 pm

OutdoorpartnerSmall weather window  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2008


Camped near Gunsight pass and was on the trail before 7 AM. Summitted at 11:07, and the surrounding clouds turned menacing. By the time I was off the rock, lightening started. Hiked back to my tent in pouring rain, hail, and strobe light lightening. Glad to have the weather window, during the 4 day backpack trip, it rained most of the time. Thank you whoever left the very nice "King's Peak" banner on the summit.
Posted Aug 11, 2008 8:01 pm

J AndersonBeautiful Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2007

J Anderson

Hiked in from Henry's Fork and hit the summit the same day. On the way up the chute it started to rain pretty hard but cleared up as we reached the summit.
Posted Aug 10, 2008 6:48 pm

gbrillOne day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 1, 2007


My fiance and I did it in one days. We left at 7pm hiked through the night, summited at sunrise and made our way back to the car by 3pm the next day.
Posted Aug 5, 2008 8:44 pm

maraudersKings Peak / Henrys Fork Peak Combo  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2008


Lucked out with fantastic weather. The meadows and grasslands were in bloom with waterfalls running at full capacity. Can it get any better?
Posted Aug 3, 2008 2:38 am

AubreySunLong and tough two days  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2008


Man, what a long hike! I think our route ended up being about 27 miles (and 5,000 feet) over two days. There were a few snow fields to cross (an axe wasn't totally necessary, but I kind of wish I brought mine). Had to endure some nasty weather and sloppy conditions ... and the mosquitoes were bad.

Here's a full trip report with photos, if you're interested in more details:

Posted Jul 8, 2008 12:47 pm

breagenworthy try.... kinda
Date Climbed: May 13, 2008


We were expecting much better conditions but instead it was snowshoe postholeing and cold. We didnt have good maps so got off route, that was about it. Ill be back.
Posted May 22, 2008 8:43 pm

peakrat76Bad Luck on King's Peak
Date Climbed: Sep 14, 2000


Our team of four climbed via the Anderson Pass Variation. While crossing the unbelievable sea of wobbly blocks to the south of West Gunsight Peak my wife stepped on a perfectly flat boiler plate and it tipped, toppling her into the rocks. (A fall from a standing position to level ground.) Somehow she managed to break her left pinky finger (severe angulation) and cut her knees bad enough to require a butterfly. As Mrs. Rat said she felt 'okay,' our two teammates continued onto Kings and I escorted my wife back to camp. (After great treatment the following day at the Evanston, Wyoming hospital we headed home. (The break ended up requiring surgery.) This just points out that bad things can happen with the most benign circumstances. Lugging around my bulky first aid kit for all of these decades paid off, and with EMT skills, this incident wasn't a big deal. (It ruined a good climb - and we're ready to go back!)
Posted Apr 28, 2008 6:30 pm

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

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