Everyone else that was planning on the trek to the summit of Kings Peak bugged out, but I was determined to see it through. After convincing my dear wife that even though I would be attempting the peak solo, there would be many fellow hikers around me at (basically) all times, I made the trip.
One night in to Dollar Lake, summit on day 2, hike out from Dollar Lake and drive home on day 3. Descended via the "chute" which I would recommend only if you are comfortable on steep, rocky terrain. Rock fall is a real danger here.
09/23/01 Neo, my Golden Retriever struggled on some of the bouldering near the top but when he discovered the whining didn't help, he figured it out. We shared the summit with a two other people. One of which was conditioning to do Ama Dublin.
08/08/06 With Noah, Brewster and Neo, the dog.
Started from Henry's Fork Trailhead on 8/17/09 at 9:25AM. Arrived at camp at 40.81161N / 110.36903W at 1:35PM. It began snowing at 1:28PM until about 6PM. After the snow let up, attempted summit of Gilbert Peak up the draw above our camp at 4PM. Turned around at 40.81966N / 110.3513W at 6:21PM due to threatening storm & nightfall.
Started for Kings Peak on 8/18 at 9:37AM. Reached Gunsight Pass at 10:32AM. Reached Anderson Pass at 1:56PM. Summited Kings Peak at 3:44PM. The entire day was clear & pleasant. Began descent from King's Peak at 4:50PM. Descended "The Chute" between West Gunsight Peak & Henrys Fork Peak at 6:08PM. Arrived at camp at 8PM. Left camp on 8/19 at 11AM. Arrived at Henry's Fork Trailhead at 2:07PM.
Summited King's with my sister. Hiked from Alligator lake to the summit in one day. Summited around 6:30 pm as the sun was going down. Made it back to Dollar Lake around 10:00 pm. Great time of the year to hike if you can find a weeked with warm clear weather. Only saw a half a dozen other people the whole weekend.
via henry forks
Out on a fastpacking trip with a couple of buddies. Tested the new "Lone Peak" by my company Altra Footwear. The Zero Drop platform and foot shaped last were incredible. We hiked/ran about 30 miles this day. King's summit was about halfway. We ran up from a couple of miles below Anderson Pass, summitted, took pics, and ran back to our packs only to book another 10 miles or so before cliff jumping off the rocks into the snow and bouncing into the icy lake wearing "The Adam" by Altra as well. Pretty stellar day.
07/27/09 via Henery Fork. Day hiked. Took just over 9 hours round trip.
09/08/11 as part of long day combined with 3 others 13ers
Met up with Highlandvillager and his group above Dollar Lake where we camped. The next day we hiked together to Gunsight Pass where I wanted to take the Anderson Pass shortcut variation. We agreed to split up at this point and I made good time to Anderson pass with some sidehilling and boulder hopping. I waited a bit for my companions before deciding to continue up the ridge from Anderson Pass. I met two of our group while on my way down from the summit. We eventually all met up again at Gunsight Pass. The weather was perfect and there were incredible views for my first time in the Uintas.
Went with Kopta, Q, and 4. Backpacked in about 8 miles and camped the 1st day. Day 2 hiked another 8 miles to the summit and back. The most miles I've ever done in a day so far. Highest peak I've made it to yet. Extremely beautiful and fun. Went up Anderson Pass and enjoyed a 1/4 of a King's Peak Porter at summit. Super tiring! Backpacked out the 8 miles the 3rd day.
Camped with kavak and 4 other friends about halfway between Dollar Lake and Gunsight Pass. Varied start times and routes separated most of us on summit day. Laura and I summited in perfect weather as kavak descended the ridge, with a couple from Idaho and a lone hiker already up there. The others soon left and we had the summit to ourselves. We took in the incredible views and relaxed for a bit, then began our descent as a parade of people filed up the ridge. We hiked back to camp as a cold front rolled in, and headed out the next morning in miserable cold and wind. We stopped at Suds Brothers in Evanston for beer, burgers, and pizza, and took some growlers back to Salt Lake City for further celebration. Awesome trip!
Via Henry's Fork.
Set up camp at Dollar Lake and hiked Gilbert the night before. Managed to summit Friday morning and get back to Gunsight Pass before the hail and thunder started.
Backpacked through the area from Aug. 16 - 19 staying below Gunsight Pass the first night, at North Star Lake the second night, and finally at Hessie Lake the third night. Beautiful weather on summit day, then gradually went downhill over the next two days. Caught in several thunderstorms. Hiked out the last day in 40 degree weather with soaking rain below 11,000'. Snow was falling up higher.
Had fun watching a sheepherder successfully coax his dogs into rounding up sheep on the south side of Smith's Fork Pass.
We also spotted five moose on this trip.
Wow Chilkoot! You guys had much more of an adventure than we did! I guess that's what happens when you spend enough time in the Uintas. I've heard the weather there can be very unpredictable. We got hailed on a bit before reaching Gunsight on the way back, before we saw you, but didn't get to see any moose. I'm glad we've connected here on SP. Great to hear from you.
Hiked in and stayed at Dollar Lake. Reached summit the next day in a white out. This is one of the only mountains I've ever climbed while fully aware that I wouldn't have a view at the top. Unfortunately, I was passing through and knew I wouldn't be back for awhile. On the upside, I saw no one else from the time I left my truck until I got back. Also, I could see just fine until a little ways beyond Gunsight Pass so it was definitely worthwhile.
My 82 year old Grandpa had done Kings in a day in 2002, and figured if he could do it, I better be able to. I talked my Uncle, who had hiked it with my grandpa, and my neighbor Dave McConnell into hiking it with me. We started at 4 am, and did the 27.5 miles roundtrip in 13 hours.
Splattski and I did a one day round trip from the Henrys Fork Campground starting with a 3:45 AM headlamp departure. We made it back to the car at 6:00 PM. JP added the summit of South Kings to his list while I napped on Kings and waited a little over an hour for him to make the round trip. We used the Gunsight approach and traversed the boulder field to Anderson Pass for both the ascent and descent. See Splattki's Trip Report here - Uintah Range, UT 2010
Hiked with the Eug. It took us 12 hours flat from car to car via the cutoff at Gunsight Pass, so no records were broken. It was surprisingly cold and windy in the morning. Met a guy on the summit who had just attained his 35th state high point. #9 for me.
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.