My fiancée and I had tried to climb King's Peak last year, but we were underprepared and overconfident. But we learned from our mistakes and did everything we needed to do to summit! We camped at trailhead Day 1, hiked to Dollar Lake and camped there on Day 2, then summited Day 3. We took the shortcut near Gunsight Pass on the way up, but opted for the longer route into Painter's Basin on the way back because at that point we were tired of trail finding. This was her 10th and my 40th, and definitely the hardest one for both of us!
Overnight camped near the pass ..took the shortcut then on the decent went straight down the rock field.. great weather Happy 4th of July.
A must see, highly recommended peak for anyone. During COVID-19's rampant halting of many plans that so many had for the summer of 2020, I attempted to climb Kings once but had to turn around just shy of gunsight pass. Then I successfully climbed it once more that July with a good friend of mine. This year I climbed it with another one of my friends (the one who had joined me the first attempt during which we turned back). We summited and I have to say that it's certainly worth all the work. I would recommend leaving during the early hours of the morning 0215-0245 to summit exactly at sunrise. We summited at 0715, just shortly after sunrise, after leaving at 0315. We spent about 2 hours at the top, taking pictures, eating, and just resting in the warm sun. I have to say that there were people who summited, spent less than ten minutes at the top, and I will never understand those people. You walk for hours with the goal of getting to the top and then come back down immediately? Meh, to each their own. Definitely worth all the blisters, aches, pains, and exhaustion. I'm gonna try and do it every other year at least. I've only done it from the Henry's Fork trailhead but I think it would be cool to try another trailhead at somepoint!
Completed this highpoint with an overnight stay at Dollar Lake. Beautiful scenery and a lot of rocks/boulders.
3 day trip with Aiden anf Katelyn. Super cold and stormy but very beautiful. Pretty tough peak, especially if you tried it in one day. Better to do 3 days and enjoy the peak and mountains more. Hiked in Friday night and out Sunday!
Did this one as an overnighter during Labor Day weekend a few years back. We camped next to Henry's Fork Lake and the only people we saw the whole time were on the main route from gunsight pass to the peak.
My wife and I climbed Kings Peak Oct 7-9, 2020. It was a beautify climb. However we lost our Galaxy Note 8 cell phone near the summit. It's black in a half case with a finger holder on the back to assist with picture taking. Reward will be paid if found and returned. It has many pictures on it that are very important to us. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if found. Thanks tim
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.
Would you recommend the chute? I've been to that area 3x, summited 2x, and each time wondered what it would be like to go through the chute. Is it super steep? Are there loose rocks? Sounds like maybe those 2 miles would be worth it to cut off in the right conditions.
Thanks! and good work sticking with it through that storm!
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.
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: