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Kings Peak backcountry ideas

Postby MikeHolmes » Sat Mar 06, 2010 4:02 pm

Planning a 3-4 day loop in the Kings Peak area for summer. I hear that Henrys Fork gets a little crowded. Is this still the best TH for Kings? Also, has anyone traversed from Emmons to Kings? It looks do-able on the map, but want to know if anyone has done so successfully. Other good areas nearby that would offer similar terrain?
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Postby mountainal » Tue Mar 09, 2010 5:41 pm

I came close to doing the emmons-kings ridge one time. missed a little section between south kings and one of the no-name peaks above timothy lakes due to a snowstorm. It is definitely do-able, I think there is a SP page on it. I've done king's 3 times now always from Henry's. every other approach is so much longer. if you camp just about anywhere else but dollar lake you will only see people on the trail.
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Postby Travis Atwood » Tue Mar 09, 2010 6:29 pm

Here's a link to the page...


I would recommend going past Dollar Lake and camping in Painter Basin. Like Mountainal said, Dollar Lake is packed with people. Painter Basin will give you a great chance at solitude and put you a little closer to Kings to finish the rest of the route.
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Postby MikeHolmes » Tue Mar 09, 2010 7:21 pm

Thanks for the beta. I've been doing a bit more research and am now leaning towards hiking the Highline Trail from east to west. Looks like a great 6-7 day trip.
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Postby Bigglesworth » Wed Mar 31, 2010 6:17 pm

I'm planning a Highline Trail E-W this summer too, and having a hard time sorting out a shuttle back to my car. Please reply or PM me with any suggestions...One catch - I'm hiking with my dog.
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Postby lcarreau » Wed Mar 31, 2010 7:43 pm

Keep in mind that the "skeeters" will be out in full force at any High Uinta lake.

The crowds seem to congregate at the larger-sized lakes for the purpose of catching fish.
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Postby markv » Thu Apr 08, 2010 10:04 am

The loop i did was 4 days and i highly highly highly recommmend it. Start from China Basin trailhead, which is just a bit west of the Henry's Fork trailhead. Hike south to Red Castle Lake, Upper Red Castle Lake, etc. There is a small off-trail hike to the south from there, but it's not too hard. It put's you over a pass and then hooks up with a trail heading northeast towards King's Peak. From the peak you can head down the rockslide, xcountry a bit to Henry's Fork, and then follow the trails for a no-backtrack loop almost the entire way back to China Basin.

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