My wife and I were looking forward to climbing this peak all year long. It was a great 3 day backpacking trip. We took the trail the whole way to the top. We were lucky because we made it to the summit for about 15 minutes, then we were caught in a rain shower, with lightning and all. But we made it. Kings peak was Highpoint #2 for us!
This is my first state highpoint but will not be the last. Had beautiful weather the entire trip and saw three moose. Did the hike with my 55 year old dad and we had no problems making it to the top. Camped at Grass Lake and surprisingly didnt see another soul except when on the trail.
I climbed this one with my brother Eric (with whom I had unsuccessfully attempted it 22 years earlier from the Timothy Lakes), my brother Guy, my bro-in-law Michael Eschenberg, and 3 of my nephews (Spencer and Matthew Foutz and Zachary Eschenberg). We descended via "the Chute".
Scenic climb once above tree line. Trail was relatively crowded for a wilderness area. Many animals present (humans, horses, llamas, sheep). Drizzled on us on occaision. Otherwise, a fun climb. State Highpoint #47.
August 31, 2013 - Camped in the basin below the "toilet bowl" chute Aug 30, then summited next morning with my brother and nephew. Had hail at the camp spot, but a clear day on the peak.
Sept 4, 2011 - Left Elk Horn crossing at 5:15 am, which allowed me to beat the Labor Day weekend infestation of Kings Peak hikers, as I was the first on Kings that day (arriving at 9:30 am). Sat on top for an hour, and still had it to myself, then I headed over to South Kings, Peak 13,306 (2nd Gemini), and Peak 13,387 (1st Gemini aka "Painter Peak"). Back tracked to the saddle between 2nd Gemini and S. King, and desended into Painters Basin and would never make that mistake again! After 15 hours I was back at Elk Horn Crossing.
July 24 - 27, 2008 I did a solo trip to the Henry's Fork basin during which I climbed five peaks over 13,000 ft in 2 days. King's peak was the fifth of the five. I must admit to having summit fever as I climbed this peak during a classic High Uintas summer afternoon rain and lightening storm. I have never felt static in the air so strong, as it buzzed between my ski poles on my backpack. Near the peak the rain turned to grauple. When I lifted my camera to take a self-portrait the static nearly shocked me, and I thought for sure it had burned out my camera. Needless to say I was very much in fear!
First time was September 2, 2006.
What a beautiful area. I walked to the base of Gunsight pass, and camped next to a lake there. Was up early next day and on my way to the peak, and didn't see anyone else until I got over the pass and into the basin. I was on top before the crowds arrived. Read my trip report.
There are several nice camp sites along the trail between Dollar Lake and the turnoff to Henrys Fork Lake. We stay at one of them rather than among the plentiful sites around the lake -- a short hike to water from the upper reaches of Henrys Fork. Holed up in tent for nearly three hours due to thunderstorms, which were strong the previous day, too. So we started early from Dollar Lake on summit day, alas no rain this day! The scree slope return from Anderson Pass did not look that appealing, so we opted to return via the Gunsight Pass ascent route. I didn't find the scramble from Anderson to the summit nearly as entertaining as some evidently do -- just tedious. About 20 summited this day; we were unable to find a summit register.
Number 43 of my 49 state high points, about #10 for companion Dan L and about #30 for Richard. The approach (and departure) are an endless 6+ miles of barely 200 ft/mile, but the upper Henrys Fork valley is undeniably scenic and the main trail offers numerous nice vantage points well above the valley floor.
Very fun and easy climb. We ditched our backpacks at the pass and 45 fun minutes later we were at the top.
Really enjoyed this mountain. Lots of water, mud, and snow in the basin this time of year. Incredible views from the summit and a nice glissade down the chute from Anderson Pass. Long trail but well worth the effort.
Any thoughts of solitude were ruined by a huge group of boyscouts but still pretty nice. Overall, however, I was a bit disappointed with the Uintas in comparison to other western ranges
At the end of a solo raod trip with my Westfalia...
Just because I received a call from Montreal that encouraged me to continue onwards and finish my set goals...
Thank Tiger for the call... you don't even know how great that felt!!! Soloed it on a two days span... From Dollar Lake..to the top... very early just before lightening started coming...
It was a good thing I was off the summit just 20 minutes later... bad weather came in...!!
Six to go!!
fun times, camped at top of yellowstone drainage the night before
Beautiful region, saw several moose at the trailhead, and was extremely hungry when I made it back to the road
Got to the ridge, then a lightening strike flashed so close my jacket heated up. Made a hasty retreat, then ended up backpacking out in 2 days of snow.
Hikes with a great bunch of guys, stayed at Dollar Lake, perfect weather on summit day.
Wow. Spent a few days at Dollar Lake. Hardly any one here, passed them on the way down.
The ascent was a rocky scramble, but the views, and bragging rights of standing on top of Utah are worth it.
We fished our way up and down the Henry's Fork on our way in and out, which made for a fun, leisurely hike. We camped near Dollar Lake. We took the shortcut from the top of Gunsight Pass, leapfrogging several parties. The view from the summit was beautiful, and we enjoyed great weather for the duration of the trip. I was shocked at the amount of traffic in the area, but I guess I shouldn't have been, considering the ease of access and Labor Day weekend.
#1 9-17-04 w/ Ben #2 8-29-06 w/ Kimball #3 3-29-08 Third time at the summit but the first in winter conditions. See the write-up by Zeejay for details. It was one of the hardest, most grueling things I have ever done, including Aconcagua. But was it worth it? You betcha! Zeejay was the last one out of camp in the a.m. but I was the last one BACK into camp, a rather dubious distinction I might say. But I did make it back, thanks to Steve Swanson. I do not recommend doing this trip if you have only one hour of practice on cross-country skis! :) #4 8-15-13 W/ Brent; first peak of the Northern 4(5)! #5 7-25-16 With Signe; first peak of the Kings-Emmons Ridge hike Return to camp by descending the north ridge of Mt. Emmons and trail-blazing on the west side of Atwood Basin to Trail Rider Pass and then to Gunsight, etc.
Started from Henrys Fork Campground where I met Dean Molen and Dennis Poulin who had just finished all of the Utah County highpoints. Hiked with my son Ryan and 5 other motley HPers Roy, Bill, Rick, Jack, and Merle to Dollar Lake and camped overnite. Started before sunrise and hiked through Gunsight Pass up the shortcut across Anderson Pass and then to the summit. Had perfect weather for the hike. Took the shortcut down the "toilet bowl" on the way back which saved us about 2 hours. Very rocky scree and not very good footing. Camped at Dollar Lake one more night and then hiked out and had lunch at Sills Cafe in Mountain View, WY. It was a great group of guys to hike with and a beautiful climb. Headed to Panorama Point, Nebraska after lunch. HP #18.
Hiked in the evening of day 1 to dollar lake without any difficulty and camped there. Took the gunsite shortcut (recommended). There's a lot of scrambling to get up to the top from Anderson pass. Don't carry a big pack to the summit. The hike out seemed to go on forever through a fairly non-descript forest in the dark.
This was a nice hike with a good friend. Nothing technical, just lots of rock hopping.