This was the busiest trail I've ever hiked; it reminded me of some of the popular routes in the Adirondacks, with less rock and mud. Early August seems to be very popular with organized groups, and we probably saw 100 Boy Scouts on the trail out on Monday.
I heard lots of complaints about the bugs, but I guess my youth in the NE makes me more tolerant. Or it is possible that I smelled so bad by then, that the bugs chose not to attack.
Summited at 11 - moseyed back to the car. Two days. We almost got flown back to the car because there were so many mosquitoes that they could have picked us up and carried us away.
Added South Kings which I missed on my Kings-Emmons Ridge traverse due to an incoming storm. ~7.5 hours round trip all together. Could easily take another hour or so off of this with better route planning (didn't use Gunsight cutoff both ways), less gear (way warmer than I thought, quicker breaks to purify water, and a "race" pace. I do not run this distance solo, often and didn't want to jack myself, so I took it easy and enjoyed it, but after I finish the rest of the 13ers I see myself coming back and pushing it.
I have lived in the shadow of these peaks for 34 years. Finally able to reach my goal of standing atop Kings and Gilbert with my son. Part of a four day trip that included Dome and Gunsight. Its not the most difficult climb but this one was definitely worthwhile and meaningful.
My dad had always wanted to hike Kings Peak and this was his year. He isn't in the best shape but he made it. Unfortunately it had snowed the previous weekend and we were pushing snow to the summit but it made a wonderful trip.
Finally got around to hiking this. Did it as a 3 day backpacking trip, camped at Dollar Lake. Perfect weather.
7/16/10: First peak enroute to Mount Emmons. A 37 mile 23.5 hour day.
9/5/09: First of a quad, which also included South Kings Peak, Gunsight Peak, and Gilbert Peak.
9/6/08: Solo day-hike on a clear but cold and windy Saturday. I was hoping to better my previous time, but about 8 inches of snow and fierce winds slowed me down greatly. Summited in 4:25 and round trip in 9:10.
9/3/06: Solo day-hike on a beautiful but crowded Labor Day weekend. Reached the summit in 3:35, and door-to-door from Henry's Fork trailhead in 7:02. Despite the crowded trail I lucked out and had the summit to myself.
3/25/06: Summited on a one day ski trip as part of the Wasatch Mountain Club's annual Kings Peak ski tour. Left the parking area at 5:15am and summited just after 2:00pm. Building storm clouds encouraged a rather quick summit stay. Arrived back at vehicle in the dark, just short of 8:00 pm. See the photo album for pictures.
7/29/00: A two-day hike from Henry's Fork. Camped about a mile above Dollar Lake then summited and hiked out on day 2. Descended the steep scree field from Anderson Pass instead of returning to Gunsight Pass - a nasty descent which I probably won't repeat.
Climbed with fellow CMCer, Jamie Norris. We hiked in via the Henry Fork Trail and camped past Dollar Lake. We started at 5:30am the next morning and took the shortcut traverse from Gunsight Pass over to Anderson Pass. Four storms dumped rain/snow/hail on us throughout the day. Fortunately they were not violent storms but we did have to hunker down a couple of times and wait for them to pass. It took us 9 1/2 hours RT. This is my 36th state HP.
Nice day, climbed from the trailhead. 6 hrs up, 5 hrs down, with my dog Gypsy!
Camped at Dollar Lake. Summit day winds were 20-30 sustained gusting to well over 40mph.. cut over to Anderson Pass from Gunsight Pass. Stayed really high and went up over backside of Byrd to Anderson. a couple class 3 and 4 moves along the way. Descended via Toilet Bowl..
This is the first real peak I ever climbed as part of a solo backpacking trip when I was 16. I grew hiking in the Uintas and learned to love the outdoors here.
Seventh state highpoint. Climbed this with two buddies from college. Great trip!
Climbed via the standard Gunsight/Andersen pass route. Twisted my leg on a loose rock near the summit. Had to limp down to our campsite near Island Lake
A fun trip and a moose sighting.
I climbed Henrys Fork Peak, West Gunsight Peak, Kings Peak, and South Kings Peak in a day from Henrys Fork Trailhead. Round trip was around 12 hours.
I also climbed Kings Peak as a two-day trip in August 1998.
The thrilling conclusion to a 6 day ski mountaineering saga, in skinny teles and leather boots. Banzai!
Avery got a lot of compliments for doing it at six years old. Way to go to Avery and Lori. Thanks for going up with me!
Nice trip - camped about 1 mile south of Dollar Lake close to Gunsight Pass and found this great basin to call "home." Basically had the area to ourselves. Managed to avoid the crowds and the afternoon thunderstorms. Would like to try Anderson Pass Scree ascent next time!
Camped at Dollar Lake. We passed everyone on our way in and almost had the area to ourselves. The last little climb to the peak was fun. Had a good time on the peak and went straight down instead of following the trail back.
Went with a buddy from Flagstaff. First time that I went backpacking. We stayed at Dollar Lake. Next day we made the summit. We didn't take the shortcut at gunsight pass, and that made things longer. Then on the way back we again didn't take the shortcut, and sort of got all mixed up on the trails down in the basin. Sort of made our own trail back to Gunsight Pass. Overall it was a great experience. I'll always remember it.