The thrilling conclusion to a 6 day ski mountaineering saga, in skinny teles and leather boots. Banzai!
Avery got a lot of compliments for doing it at six years old. Way to go to Avery and Lori. Thanks for going up with me!
Nice trip - camped about 1 mile south of Dollar Lake close to Gunsight Pass and found this great basin to call "home." Basically had the area to ourselves. Managed to avoid the crowds and the afternoon thunderstorms. Would like to try Anderson Pass Scree ascent next time!
Camped at Dollar Lake. We passed everyone on our way in and almost had the area to ourselves. The last little climb to the peak was fun. Had a good time on the peak and went straight down instead of following the trail back.
Went with a buddy from Flagstaff. First time that I went backpacking. We stayed at Dollar Lake. Next day we made the summit. We didn't take the shortcut at gunsight pass, and that made things longer. Then on the way back we again didn't take the shortcut, and sort of got all mixed up on the trails down in the basin. Sort of made our own trail back to Gunsight Pass. Overall it was a great experience. I'll always remember it.
9/7 went back for a day hike. Perfect weather. Up and back in 15 hours - not blazing but good for me. Loved it! Had the summit to myself on Labor Day.
8/7 Didn't summit. Got to Gunsight Pass where half of my group declared they could go no further. In their defense, we were hammered pretty hard the day and night before by thunderstorms, hail, rain, and cold temps. I'll be going back to day-hike this around Labor Day in order to summit. Beautiful area.
Day Hike - 13.5 hours
Weather was great the whole way up and horrible the whole way down.
Exact same experience as 96avs01. My estimate ~500 people in the area the days we were in there. ~100 people in the trailhead register by 1pm when we left most on 4-5 day trips. The area was a zoo. When I left there were 6 cars in line to take my parking spot because all parking + overflow + horse trailer parking was full.
Nice mountain! I did this as a teenager with a scout group.
appreciated a trailhead quota system until visiting this area. We signed in at noon, after 82 other people (that all seemed to be heading towards Dollar Lake)! Summit day was nice with the traverse from Gunshot Pass to Anderson Pass saving ~2 miles. Descended the scree/talus chute back into the drainage for more mileage savings. Nice peak, but way too many people!
About 30 minutes before we reached the Dollar Lake area to set up camp the rain rolled in and didn't stop for about 12 hours. Once we frantically got the tents up in the rain the thunder and lighting hammered the basin for a solid 2 hours with a couple strikes easily within a mile. Pretty crazy to feel it that close!
We woke up the next time hoping for better weather but the peak was covered in dark clouds for two hours while we were deciding to head up, then the rain started again. We packed up and headed back to the trailhead.
At home the weather channel had issued multiple warnings for heavy rains and lighting in the area. We hated turning back but we'll have to try for the summit again.
Base camp was at Smiths Fork Lake, climbed Kings on day 2. The huge alpine meadows we crossed between Smiths Fork Pass and Anderson Pass were really nice. Had to wait at Anderson Pass to see what the storm would do - when it looked like it was blowing away to the east, we went for it and the weather was nice by the time we got to the top. This is at least as cheesy as it is cool, but we brought Kings Peak Porter to drink on the summit. Day 3 climbed Wilson Peak and spent a third (and cold) night before heading down.
Dayhike. I hiked solo until I hooked up with Art and Jeff. Art and i missed the short cut at Gunsight and suffered through pain-ter basin to summit jamboree. Upon departing the summit block,I slipped on snow and broke my left hand):. Thanks to Art and Jeff for medical services rendered.
Up the standard route over Gunsight Pass, down Anderson Pass. Great trip with too many mosquitos. Spent an hour watching two huge moose eating grass from bottom of a lake near camp- pretty cool.
Did as a dayhike from Henrys Fork. Also climbed West Gunsight on the way.
Great trip up this peak on the standard route...had I known at the time I would become a Utah peakbagger, I would have grabbed the south peak instead of Henry Fork Peak. Trip report, map and pics at http://www.willhiteweb.com/state_highpoint/utah/kings_peak_016.htm
One day Ski tour. A long 30 miles....
My fiance and I started this hike around 7pm. We got a couple good hours of hiking in before it was dark, then we busted out our headlamps for an interesting overnight hike. Trouble was, there was a bit of thunderstorms that night and we found ourselves a little ahead of schedule to summit at sunrise. We got pretty cold that night - but it was a whole new hike for us on the way back in the daylight! Either way, it was a beautiful hike and well worth our overnight adventure!
Reached the peak just as a huge storm rolled in, had to go straight down the chute and bushwhack back to camp, very cold and kinda scary cause of the lightning. Good Times!
Gorgeous country! Thunderstorms really are a concern. Lots of unhappy boy scouts on the trail.