Technically, this was a solo hike, but another day-hiker (fellow State HPer "John" from Cincinnati) caught up to me near Dollar Lake and we continued the rest of the ascent together. It was very nice to have company. It was very grueling to do this as a day-hike, with only less than one hours' sleep in a 36-hour timeframe, when the hike was complete. My legs and feet did not appreciate this long single-day jaunt, but this weekend would be full of all of the classic elements of a solo out-of-state Redwic peakbagging trip: Long drives, long hikes, little sleep.
Hit the summit of Kings around 8am. Started the day before from Swift Creek. Bivy in upper Yellowstone basin. Climbed Henrys Fork peak and made traverse over Kings to Emmons and Glacier Peak. Exited via Swift Creek on the 19th.
I climbed this peak years ago as a young teenager with my father. Something clicked on this hike. I knew that I would be doing a lot more hiking and summiting in my life to come.
First summit ever. Unforgettable
with Jeff Sanderson
Approached via the Henry's Fork route, spent 4 days... 1 hiking in, 1 fishing, 1 climbing peak, 1 hiking out.
Yeah, 3 days up Kings was so relaxing. Getting caught in a thunderstorm and seeing lightning strike near us wasn't so relaxing. This is a very beautiful climb. Thanks Kings!
Sept 2, 2011
Summited on a quick 2-day trip to the area. Climbed Mt Powell on the first day, then from a basecamp 2 miles below Gunsight Pass, I went over into Painter Basin and traversed the ridge from Trail Rider Pk to Kings. Saw few people buts lots of sheep (and I don't mean the wild kind!).
August 20, 2010
Climbed from Henrys Fk with a friend. Great weather, and delicious bourbon back at camp.
Sept 4, 2009
First time up. Climbed S Kings and Henrys Fk Pk as well.
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.