Started at the trailhead at 7:30, summited at 2. Prepare for a long day of boulder hopping. Camped in the basin after the summit. I've never seen so many people in the backcounty before.
Kings is not bad did this as a 3 day trip, I want to come back and trail run this in one day.
Went from trailhead to King's Peak to Trail Rider Peak back to trailhead. Started around 3:30 am, back around 8:40 pm. Took the shortcut from Gunsight, then descended the East ridge of Trail Rider and did the lengthy return from Painter basin. Roughly 32 miles roundtrip and 4 summits
3rd time atop Kings Peak: 1996, 2007 & 2020. We traversed from Kings Peak to Trail Rider before descending to the south side of Painter Basin. This route turned out to be a very aesthetic line when done from Gunsight Pass. We summited:
Kings Peak - 13,528
South Kings Peak -13,512
Painter Peak - 13,387
Trail Rider - 13,247
Overnight trip, set up camp south of Gunsight Pass the first day and summited that evening with great weather. Packed out the next day.
We didn't start as early as was recommended to us, and boy did we pay for it!!! We got going from Dollar Lake area around 8:30am. We took the route over Gunsight Pass and back down into the valley, then back up again. I was almost to the top (maybe 30 mins away) when a thunderstorm started. Everyone's hair was standing straight up and you could literally hear the electricity in the air. It was scary and dangerous! I went back down and waited for it to pass in a safer, less exposed area. Some people were getting shocked through their shoes further up. When it passed and was safe again, I continued back up and made it to the top! My first state high point! I was very glad I waited out the storm. It looked like another was about to start, so we headed back down before it arrived. We decided to go down the rocky chute instead of back down the main trail. It cut off probably two miles, which was nice. As we started down the chute, it started to rain- and never stopped. Our rain jackets were completely soaked through and our shoes became puddles. Miserable, horribly cold hike back to our camp!! I've never been so cold. Once finally back, we changed into all of our warm clothes, got into our sleeping bags (at 6pm) and played cards in the tent until it was late enough to go to sleep. BE PREPARED FOR LOTS OF RAIN. Bring lots of layers and rain gear on the hike to the top because the weather here changes so rapidly, and it seems to rain every afternoon starting around 1pm.
Relatively quick summit with Sam Grant & Greg Jagielski (both from SLC). A little over 7 hrs RT with an electrical storm on the summit necessitating a quick retreat down the “toilet bowl”. Great day, pretty area! Thanks again Greg & Sam for introducing me to the Uintas!
I have a trip report on this one. Seems like some time ago, while it doesn't at the same time. Haha. Was a great hike. Camped out in Painter's Basin. Then at 04:30 or so, I began the ascent, reaching the summit just in time to see the sun pierce the horizon. Too bad I didn't have better photography equipment back then. Loved the hike though. Family friendly for sure too.
Last peak of a four peak day. 30.1 miles in a single day from the trailhead. Even saw a porcupine and moose on the way out. Lower meadows were under water and creeks raging.
Beautiful area. Will definitely be back.
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