Looking at climbing Kings peak the last week of May, based on when you climbed it last year, How was the snow pack on the approach and on the mountain? Did you skin in?
That's one long-ass hike! Ty and I did it in two days. Camped at one of the high lakes on day 1, then did the summit and hiked out on day 2. Beautiful wilderness. I wish we could have added a few days to enjoy more and to not kill ourselves.
My peakbagger trip report:
One day trail run from Henry's Fork Trailhead. My 5th US State Highpoint. The trail is really easy to find and runnable almost all the way to the summit.
A worthy 30 mile, 13,528' objective. Henry's Fork is one of the most gradual river trails through mud & grass. Started solo at 3am with lingering weather from the previous storm. A yellow "this is Bear Country" sign makes a person wonder whose 2 starring eyes those are in the forest! As daylight broke, the grand prominence of King's peak revealed itself, just below Gunsight pass. A total 5,252' elevation gain choosing the Anderson Pass variation, I then ascended up to the massive Uinta ridgeline, postholing fresh tracks in a boulder field up to the summit at 11am. In, ontop & out in 16 hours, commando style training!
The Unitas Range was beyond glorious. Sure, the peak is nice, but I want to go back and explore the range.
3 day 2 night 29miles round trip for State Highpoint #41. From hot and sunny to freezing rain and glissading an adventurous long weekend.
My boys, Keith and Christopher, and I camped on the east side of Lower Red Castle Lake and hiked up and over Smith's Fork Pass and cut our own trail toward the base of King's Peak. From there it was navigating switchbacks to Anderson Pass and up the rock scramble to the peak. The round-trip hike was ~20 miles, but the views up top were spectacular!
With Bonnie and Biscuit
We started with a party of eight but only three of us made it to the top from a combination off illness and lack of preparation. It was my second attempt after a failed attempt in 2016.
My 2nd Utah county high point
Backpacked King's peak over the course of three days.
Beautiful approach; relatively flat the whole way until you get to the base of the peak and then minor scrambling.
Came in from Henrys Fork with some work buddies. Camped at Dollar Lake got up early, well somewhat early around 8 and began making our way to the summit. We took the shortcut after Gunsight Pass, which I found to be in our benefit. Made our way over to the saddle and began the ascent to the top. The views were just as good as I remembered from the first time I made it 2 yrs ago.
We chilled at the top for about 30 min. I was trying to talk someone into getting Gilbert with me but had no takers. So I headed down with Gilbert in my sights. As soon as I reached the base it began to hail like mad so I huddled in my jacket and began to double time it to Gunsight Pass. Once there after falling on my back end down the hillside, the hail stopped. I headed straight down Gunsight Pass instead of taking the switchbacks down, which was way easier than I thought.
Back on the trail, I picked a gully to shoot up instead of going all the way around Dollar to summit Gilbert. This was slow going as Talus was all around and the pitch had to be 65 degrees. Onto the open field, I spotted Gilbert and Gunsight Peak, I was wanting to be greedy and get them both, but the weather looked shady so I jogged, literally to Gilbert.
The weather did swoop in on me and the skies began to flash, feeling a bit timid I made a quick shelter next to a big boulder. I knew this really wouldn't do much, but it made me feel a bit better. After about 20 min I grabbed hold and began to jog again toward Gilbert. I suggest heading up the left side, which I did not and suffered from it. At the top the views were great and the clouds seemed like I could reach up and grab a handful to put in my pocket.
After I enjoyed the views I saw another storm coming in so I began my way back down, this time going down the north-west side. Once down on the open field again I must have passed the ridge to take me to Dollar because I ended up behind that ridge which was behind Dollar. Oh well, I went around the mound and found a light trail once I was on the North side of the mound. The storm started to flash again and this time it brought thunder so off again to the jogging, which resulted in me splitting my shin open no more than 5 min into jogging on wet pine needles.
After cursing at the pine needles and the sharp rock I fell on for a minute, I found the light trail again, which I must say was rather beautiful for how secluded it was. I made my way around and spotted Dollar, heading south of it and towards the trail I ran right into my camp. Ahh yes, camp, arriving back around 5 I crawled into my hammock and just in time as the rain began to fall.
It felt good to grab both peaks in a day.
Nice 3 days hike & camping. Regular afternoon rain & hail & lighting
Kings was the easy part, South Kings was tedious and Henry's Fork Peak was a fun finish.
Climbed Kong’s peak a few years ago via Henry’s fork campground. We thought about taking the chute below Anderson pass but changed our minds when we got to the base of it and went around through gunsight pass and around the side of the high point on the ridge to Anderson pass to the top. Great hike/scramble but a little long for me at the time
Summited on my 45th birthday with Liam Grover, Brandon Stanger, Jackson Stanger and Kaden Robinson. Beautiful day via the standard Henry's Fork Route. Climbed Gilbert Peak the next day. Great birthday!
Made it a leisurely 3-day/2-night trip. Camped about 1/4-mi from Dollar Lake. Easier to find summit if you stay on the ridge. Great weather and beautiful views.