Hiked in Saturday and camped in the last pines before Gunsight. Bagged the summit on Sunday morning, packed up and headed home. Awesome peak.
We ran into some heavy rain on the way down gunsight but it cleared up within an hour.
This is a long one. I think it's on par with Hood. My boxer made the summit. Still lots of snow. He then slept for 24 hours straight.
I had the summmit all to myself for the full 45 minutes I was up there beautiful blue bird day not a cloud in sight. I left Dollar Lake at 6:00 and summited at 10:45(not a spped record) this was my second visit up Henry's Fork. it's truly a magical place.
Via Henry's Fork. There was a new bridge to replace the one that washed out.
I enjoyed hiking the Utah highpoint with a couple of buddies on a relaxing 3-day backpacking trip.
I'm thinking about writing a trip report, but was hoping someone could tell me if there's a register at the summit. Because of high wind and fog and concern for my partner, I summitted just long enough to say "I did it" before heading back down. I did not look very hard, but was just wondering if there was one there.
There is no mailbox. As the Highpointer's Club Kings Peak Liaison, I questioned the Forest Service about putting one in. The Forest Service doesn't allow one on Kings because it's in a Wilderness Area. Go figure. I've seen mailboxes in other Wilderness Areas. By the way, how was Elkhorn Crossing and overall trail conditions? I had heard the new bridge built last year was washed out.
There's another new bridge there. Not quite as robust as the previous one (one end is still hangin' on), but should last the season no problem. It's just three poles lashed side-by-side.
The trail's great all the way up to Gunsight Pass. A few muddy areas prior to Dollar from the sheep and horses, but nothing bad. I was surprised, though, at the lack of trail between Gunsight and Anderson on the traverse, especially through the boulder field. Wasn't sure if we should have stayed higher instead of crossing straight over to Anderson.
Thanks for answering my question. I did get the right "summit" and even ventured over a few more false ones to make sure I got the right one. With the fog as thick as it was, I couldn't even tell if I was getting lower or higher. What a hike!
Glad you had a successful hike and thanks for the trail info. I have friends heading to Kings. I'll be able to give them and other highpointers first hand knowledge about trail conditions. Keep Klimbin and be safe.
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!