Gorgeous country! Thunderstorms really are a concern. Lots of unhappy boy scouts on the trail.
Fun Classic especially if you have less experienced folks. Also great mid-point for the highline trail push.
Multiple times always in a day.
I can't remember exactly how old I was but it was a while ago.. I remember it was snowing on top.. didn't get much of view
Camped near Gunsight pass and was on the trail before 7 AM. Summitted at 11:07, and the surrounding clouds turned menacing. By the time I was off the rock, lightening started. Hiked back to my tent in pouring rain, hail, and strobe light lightening. Glad to have the weather window, during the 4 day backpack trip, it rained most of the time. Thank you whoever left the very nice "King's Peak" banner on the summit.
Hiked in from Henry's Fork and hit the summit the same day. On the way up the chute it started to rain pretty hard but cleared up as we reached the summit.
My fiance and I did it in one days. We left at 7pm hiked through the night, summited at sunrise and made our way back to the car by 3pm the next day.
Lucked out with fantastic weather. The meadows and grasslands were in bloom with waterfalls running at full capacity. Can it get any better?
Man, what a long hike! I think our route ended up being about 27 miles (and 5,000 feet) over two days. There were a few snow fields to cross (an axe wasn't totally necessary, but I kind of wish I brought mine). Had to endure some nasty weather and sloppy conditions ... and the mosquitoes were bad.
Here's a full trip report with photos, if you're interested in more details:
We were expecting much better conditions but instead it was snowshoe postholeing and cold. We didnt have good maps so got off route, that was about it. Ill be back.
Our team of four climbed via the Anderson Pass Variation. While crossing the unbelievable sea of wobbly blocks to the south of West Gunsight Peak my wife stepped on a perfectly flat boiler plate and it tipped, toppling her into the rocks. (A fall from a standing position to level ground.) Somehow she managed to break her left pinky finger (severe angulation) and cut her knees bad enough to require a butterfly. As Mrs. Rat said she felt 'okay,' our two teammates continued onto Kings and I escorted my wife back to camp. (After great treatment the following day at the Evanston, Wyoming hospital we headed home. (The break ended up requiring surgery.) This just points out that bad things can happen with the most benign circumstances. Lugging around my bulky first aid kit for all of these decades paid off, and with EMT skills, this incident wasn't a big deal. (It ruined a good climb - and we're ready to go back!)
We spent two days skiing into Dollar Lake, via Henry's Fork. We broke trail through fresh snow on both days, Wed & Thur. From our camp near Dollar Lake, we headed for the summit at 9AM on Friday. We skied up Gunsight Pass, stripped our skis, and traversed the snowfield on the east face, heading south. We then skied a little further, and ran out of snow. So we ditched the skis, and bare-booted it up into the basin on the east of King's Peak, across mixed snow and rocks. reaching the base of King's about a quarter mile south of Anderson Paas, we climbed up the face onto the ridge, and summited about 2:40PM. On the way back, we ran into strong winds near Gunsight. My skis felt like a sail on my back. We sometimes had to ground ourselves to keep from blowing over, This was especially unnerving crossing back over the snowfield to Gunsight, where gusts tried to pull us off the mountain. Without crampons, I frequently had to plant the shaft of my axe, and lean into the mountain until the wind subsided. I'd never self-arrested going head-first, and didn't want to learn here. It took us an hour to go about 100 yds. When we reached Gunsight Pass, we were hit by a 50-60 MPH wind from the west. We ducked behind a large rock for shelter, hoping the wind would die down. Finally, we decided to push forward down into the pass. We had to lean hard into the wind and push off with our trekking poles to counteract the large wind profile of the skis on our backs. The wind was milder further down the pass, enough that we were able to stop and put our skis on. From there, we skied back to Dollar Lake. In retrospect it we may have presented less of a profile to the wind, and had better balance, had we strapped the tips of our skis together while carrying them. From now on, I'll always have the strap readily accessible. We headed back on Saturday morning. It took us two days to ski in, and three hours to ski out.
Hiked in to Dollar Lake and set-up camp. Terrible winds blew in the night before pushing for the top preceeding an impending snow storm. We decided to bail before getting caught up in the Uinta's notorious bad weather.
I've been up a few times. This is a nice climb, with an excellent view from the top. My favorite approach is up China Meadows over Smiths Fork Pass (passing Red Castle) and approaching up Anderson Pass from the west side of the mountain. This route provides more solitude than the popular Henry's fork route.
My wife's first state highpoint. Nice mosquitoes by the way. We left a day earlier than planned.
DAY HIKE FROM HENRY'S FORK TRAILHEAD WITH TREMENDOUS AFTERNOON THUNDER AND LIGHTNING ON THE RETURN
Have summitted Kings multiple times. Climbed Kings Peak in a day. That was a riot. Got caught in a hail storm and had to spoon with my younger brother to keep warm. Never had been so cold in my life. One of my greatest natural highs when I first summitted Kings when I was a little Boy Scout. Great memories and stories. Still love going to Henrys Fork Basin even though it has become very popular.
Climbed this with my uncle. We made it to the top before the big crowds and turned right around when we saw the storm heading our way- it amazed me how many idiots passed us heading up as we worked our way down the boulder field, even with our warning. The t-storm pounded us for 2 hours of the descent, but cleared up beautifully later. A great, great climb.
I did the WMC cross country trip but did not summit. I need skins next time.
In 1981, I didn't know about any moose. I was camped
west of Dollar Lake with my brother, and we heard a
very strange noise in the middle of the night. It was
a constant grunting sound. There wasn't any other camps
or people around, so we concluded it was a bull moose.
Higher up around Gunsight Pass, we saw a coyote chasing
a deer. This is a very special place. I would recommend that
people experience this wonderful & primative area.