We did this as a two day backpack and camped at a small lake above Dollar. Almost got caught in a thunderstorm on the second day but made it off the summit plateau in time.
I'd already climbed it in 1994 but went back so my brother could claim it as a highpoint. Beautiful pack-in (but strangely devoid of wildlife) only to be met with a herd of maybe 200 sheep and a horse-riding shepherd at the head of the valley. I seemed to remember a cairn marked trail from Anderson Pass to the top but never found anything and negotiated questionably stable boulders for hours up and down. Saw 2 moose on the way out.
A couple of buddies and I did this 30 mile round trip in a day, 11 hours to be exact. Brutal charging. We only spent a few minutes at the summit. Traveled with an H2O bottle, iodine pills, rainbreaker and a beanie (and a sandwich). I wore bowling shoes with no insoles. Ha. Painful.
The whole idea started as a sort of dare, the night before ,in the bar. It ended with being wrecked for three days
ALWAYS DO THAT WHICH YOU SAID YOU WERE GOING TO DO WHEN YOU WERE DRUNK, SO YOU DO NOT MAKE THAT MISTAKE AGAIN.
Been back since (wearing proper attire). Nice hike.
Thats a long day. I hope you drank some more upon finishing.
A terrific adventure with two of my best friends and my son. This is how I spent my 56th Birthday.
Camped at Dollar Lake, went up to Gunsight pass, over the small cliffs, through the never ending boulder field and straight to Anderson pass, then up to the top. On the way back we went down the rock slide at Anderson pass. Kind of dangerous but saved lots of time. Saw some kids knock some rocks loose which almost killed some people. Just make sure you hike down where people are not above you. From Dollar Lake it took up 6 hours to go to the top, have lunch, and come back. Beautiful hike and backpacking trip. Bring Advil for the altitude headaches.
My two brothers, my father and our friend woke up on Friday, August 5th, 2005 to mostly clear skies. We left from our base camp about 3/4 south of Dollar Lake at 6:20 AM. We wanted to get a fairly early start to beat the weather. With the 'mature' members of our group, we knew we would have to take our time (hey, even I am no spring chicken).
We had debated quite a bit about trying to go up the scree but decided that our party would be better going around. We made good time through Gunsight Pass but then the going was slower up over the high Gunsight alternate route. I would only recommend that for your more spry hikers. My brothers and I did fine but it was hard on my Dad and our friend.
We made Anderson by about 9:30 and to the top of King's by a little after 11 am. It is a spectacular view up there for sure! We shared the summit with 10-20 people. We probably encountered over 50 people from Anderson Pass to the top and back. Friday must be a popular day to summit.
After having come up short on our attempt from the Swift Creek trail last year, it was a great feeling to actually make it this time!
Coincidentally, it was my birthday and as a surprise, my brother carried a Hostess cupcake, a candle, and freeze-dried ice cream to the summit. I'll give two thumbs up to King's as a spot for a birthday celebration.
I went up the Anderson Pass chute and saved a ton of time, definetely worth it. I do not suggest going down the chute though, I think it is too dangerous, that's why we descended through Gunsight.
A wonderful hike, and a great 'scramble'!. I climbed it on a Sunday so all the LDS folks (Boy Scout included)were in church so I only saw about 5 other people total the entire day. (Otherwise it is usually mobbed up there!) The 'Valley route" below Gunsight was a bit tedious, although some great campsights down in this area, and I would reccomend the high route, 'shortcut' up and across the ridge west of Gunsight pass. There is very minor exposure depending on how you do it, but defintaly fun!
Did as a two day trip from Henry's Fork Trailhead. Nice scramble up the ridge and a tremendous view from the top. Excellent hike. Walked out the same day, the last half in the dark, surprising moose a couple of times in the blackness.
6 of us left Dollar Lake at around 9 am. We reached Anderson's Pass at 12:00 noon. It was a great hike at this point. We rested for about 15 minutes then made our ascent to Kings Peak and made it on top by 1p.m. Only 4 of the 6 made the hike all the way due to exhaustion. They waited and Anderson's Pass. Took the Chute down to save time. I don't think that it is that bad. Just take your time and you will be fine.
Craig and I left our camp from Dollar Lake headed for West Gunsight peak. At GS pass we decided to go up and over a cliff band directly west of the pass. We were able to do some scrambling up some cliffs (5.3) and we also went over some steep snow. We used our trekking poles, as we had left the ice axes in the car. We reached the summit and had some lunch. Craig brought some smoked salmon that was great. We decided to bag Kings as well, so we did not stay long on top. The scramble up Kings was more interesting than usual, as there was quite a bit of snow on the mountain. We had to stay almost right on top of the ridge and there was a lot more exposure there, but nothing serious. We reached the summit and contemplated South Kings, but it was getting late, so we headed down. This was my fourth time on top of Kings and each trip was a unique and fun experience. Had a great glissade from the ridge, which saved some time. We opted to head back taking the shortcut to GS pass, over the East flank of West GS. We had a sphincter pinching glissade down a steep slope full of rocks. This hike was epic!
Camped at Dollar Lake. Hiked up Gunsight Pass and traversed across the side of West Gunsight Peak and then scrambled up the ridge of Kings Peak to the summit after waiting out a 10 minute hail storm 50 ft below the summit. Climbed down the ridge and then descended through Anderson Pass into Henry Fork's basin and back to camp. Great 3 day backpacking trip!
Packed into a camp near a small lake above Dollar Lake in 3.5 hrs. Next day hiked to Gunsight Pass and then traversed the southern shoulder of West Gunsight Peak towards Anderson Pass. Countoured up to the ridge rather than go to the pass and then continued onto the summit which we reached after about 5 hrs. There was a lot of soft snow immediately after Gunsight Pass and we broke through to rock several times. We used crampons a lot on the upper ridge of Kings, and were able to glissade a large portion of the way down. We descended the snow couloir to the north of Kings rather than go back to Gunsight Pass. This also made for some fine glissading. We then hiked back out the same day reaching the trailhead after 11 hrs of hiking on the day.
Did this one alone. What beautiful solitude! Actually, Bojo the Dog came along and was the best partner one could ask for. No complaining. Tried to get naked on the summit but it was just too cold. Came down by route of the "toilet bowl" col instead of the trail . It was a very steep descent down into the meadow. Moose, elk and deer abound.
We camped at Dollar Lake the night before. Then we started early the next morning and took the short-cut after Gunsight Pass and made good time to Anderson Pass. I sat on the summit for an hour waiting for the rest of the team. I was worried because there was a incoming storm in the distance. We didn't stay long and hurried down. It rained all night and we left the next morning.
9 mile backpack to the campsite. Beautiful valley
and lake complete with incredible horde of mosquitos! Summitted by 10AM and reached
trailhead by 1PM. A good one!
A big one. I was especially proud of my 6 year old brother who summitted with the family, without complaints.
On our descent to the saddle, storm clouds swept in out of nowhere. Two young guys were on the way up, and we were somewhat concerned. Two days later, while hiking out in the hail, they caught up w/us and told us the amazing story of how one of them got struck by lightning just below the summit. He had 3rd degree burns down his back. Took him quite awhile to slowly come to his senses and have enough energy to get off the mtn. They had seen our base camp on the way up, and were counting on resting in our tents, but unfortunately for them, we had packed up immediately in the rain and headed out.
Wild, but true.
My brother and I ventured out the weekend after the first Uinta snowstorm of the fall season. I was saddened that I didn't bring a celebratory beer to drink after coming back (like the group that just arrived back to the TH did). Dollar lake had quite a few people there already. No big deal... I had my picture taken with a pack llama that had helped a group coming in around 7pm. Very cool!
A chilly night (~18F), and we were off by 7AM. Made Gunsight pass, went through Painter Basin, were in awe by its beauty...got up about 1/2 mile from Anderson Pass and just went straight up the hillside towards the North Kings ridge. Got to the top, took a picture with my shirt off to feel all cool. Admired the views, considered decending the Anderson Pass shortcut, went back into Painter Basin instead. The regular Painter basin/Gunsight way is loong. Thought about napping, but packed up camp and got back to the trailhead near 9PM.
I reached SLC after midnight, and then found out my brother was missing his camera. I drove back to the TH at 5AM , found the camera next to our parking space, and came back on UT 150 to visit the Wasatch Co highpoint in my PJs. A lot of sheep on UT 150...