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Kings Peak - road conditions

Postby daw37 » Thu Sep 22, 2011 9:50 pm

Hi,

I'm planning a trip to the US from the UK next August (yest I know its planning in advance!!) If I came to try Kings Peak can anyone advise on the road conditions. I know most rental cars aren't supposed to be taken on dirt roads but I've got away with it before if I go slow and the road isn't too bad.

Anyone able to give a hint on what the roads would be like in late August / early September.

Thanks!

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Re: Kings Peak - road conditions

Postby ZeeJay » Thu Sep 22, 2011 11:53 pm

That's as fine of a dirt road as they come. The speed limit is 35 mph, but going 50 on it is not uncommon in stretches. The last 3 miles are not quite as good as the rest of it, but still fine for all cars.
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Re: Kings Peak - road conditions

Postby lcarreau » Fri Sep 23, 2011 1:31 am

I remember when I took the road several years ago, and had NO problem with my compact passenger car.

If you're coming in from Kamas, (where they have the fish hatchery), and the Mirror Lake Highway, the "roughest" stretch will probably be between Black's Fork and West Fork Smith's Fork.

(Excuse me, with ALL these FORKS, it's best to carry a SPOON along just in case!)

Anyway, I remember sleeping inside my car at the trailhead, AND the next morning I started up the trail in the direction of KINGS.

Best of luck ... 8)
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Re: Kings Peak - road conditions

Postby ZeeJay » Fri Sep 23, 2011 8:15 pm

Larry took the scenic route. I assumed you'd go via Henrys Fork which you get to via Mountain View Wyoming.
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Re: Kings Peak - road conditions

Postby lcarreau » Sat Sep 24, 2011 1:05 am

ZeeJay wrote:Larry took the scenic route. I assumed you'd go via Henrys Fork which you get to via Mountain View Wyoming.


Yes, I DID take the scenic route. No regrets, but sometimes Me Thinks I've got WAY TOO MUCH time on my HANDS ...... :o

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Re: Kings Peak - road conditions

Postby lcarreau » Sat Sep 24, 2011 4:20 am

ZeeJay wrote:Larry took the scenic route. I assumed you'd go via Henrys Fork which you get to via Mountain View Wyoming.


WHAT ??

I didn't know THAT was the scenic route. I was wondering WHY it took most of the day (to drive) between Kamas and China Meadows ..

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Re: Kings Peak - road conditions

Postby daw37 » Tue Sep 27, 2011 6:44 am

Thanks all. I can add it to the list of peaks to do!
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