First time in the Uintas, a very unique mountain range indeed. Cool to see, but I'm not really drawn back. Dollar lake was a little tricky to find but a very nice place to stay. Passed a sizable flock of (domestic) sheep on the way down. We took it very chill and made it a three day trip, great time with friends.
Fun 3 day weekend, great campsite at Dollar Lake. Took the short cut from Gunsight Pass to Anderson Pass and down a chute back down to the valley. Hiked it with my wife and two good friends from Wyo, timed the rain storms perfect. Very unique Range!
Hiked in from the Henry's Fork TH and spent the night just off the trail near Dollar Lake in some trees. Got on the trail at 7:15, took the shortcut at Gunsight Pass, and summited in thick clouds before noon. Returned the same way. Rested for an hour, packed up camp, and back to the car before dusk.
No mosquitos to speak of. Some light rain a couple of times. A great trip!
Took the standard route over Gunsight Pass on the way up and went down the chute and across the meadow on the way back. Twelve and a half hours ctc with a lot of sheep in the meadow for comic relief. My second long day of this road trip.
03/29/2014 Swanson ski-in
08/10/2013 From Henrys Fork trailhead: 2:36 to summit, 4:56 round trip
3/30/2013 Swanson Bros. 12:33 round trip
8/18/2012 Gilbert, King's, South King's 8:26:53 car to car (Utah Triple Crown)
8/13/2011 10 hours RT
3/27/2010 Swanson Bros annual King's Peak ski-in, 16:50 RT
3/28/2009 With the WMC annual Swanson Bros KPT. I won't say what my total trip time car to car was. It's not pretty.
Also climbed 8/08/2007
Backpacked in for a 3 day excursion with hopes of summiting Kings Peak. First, couldn't locate dollar lake -- the trail does not seem to lead to it. However, we did create our own amazing campsite near the Gunsight Pass sign. Got up early on day 2 to summit. Started the hike in the dark and made it up through Gunsight pass and descended down into the basin. I was told there was a "short cut," but never could find it. Couldn't locate the trail. Ended up using so much energy searching for a trail that I finally gave up and hiked back to camp. All in all, it was still a great trip because the views in the area are stunning and I was able to do a fun hike to Henrys Lake.
Summited just before 5 pm and had the summit all to ourselves. We hiked in from the trailhead and took the shortcut chute below Anderson Pass. While on top a snowstorm rolled in and prevented us from bagging South Kings as well. Snowed hard during the descent.
Took the Girl on her first backpacking trip, for a simple overnighter.
Started in from Henrys Fork, camped about .25-mile above Dollar Lake, away from the mosquitoes.
Summited among a couple different Scout troops. Waited out a storm for over an hour just below Gunsight Pass, then once the thunder passed made it back to our tent to pack up camp in the pouring rain.
The last 11 miles of our 21-mile day were in rain. She did it all with a smile and a spring in her step. I think I will keep her. :-)
Made it back to the trailhead at 9 p.m., just in time to hit up some bad pizza in Mountain View.
State highpoint #33.
I took the "contour" short cut from Gunsight up to Anderson pass on the way up, and took the chute below Anderson Pass down into the basin on the way down. Cool area, but crowded (as expected). 10 hours 50 mins ctc, highpoint # 26.
Beautiful area. Only saw 7-8 people the entire two days we were there, pleasantly surprised. We took gunsight pass route from dollar lake, then hiked out that evening for a long day. Mosquitos were only bad thing about an awesome trip, and peak.
Should of done it in 14 hrs but got lost on a talus heap and that killed my time. Awesome peak. Good way to celebrate the 4th of july
I recently bagged King's Peak on June 29th. Here is the trip report: http://av8r0023-vacation.blogspot.com/2013/07/adventures-in-utah.html
Solo backpack into Henry's Fork Basin and climb via Gunsight Pass. Clouds building by noon, but no thunderstorms. Hiked out after the climb to get away from the mosquitoes.
8/17/2013 Got an early (5 am) start from camp at Dollar Lake to beat forecasted thunder storms. We reached the summit at 8:15 am. Weather was holding nicely while on top I so headed over to South Kings. On the way back the weather started to turn. Made really quick time back to Anderson Pass as the skies darkened. We were back to camp by noon and broke camp and were back to the trailhead by 3:15 pm. Fun two days that included Gilbert, Gunsight, East Gunsight, Kings, and South Kings.
-Climbed Kings Peak as part of a backpack with my dad sometime during the summer of 1999. Cannot remember the exact dates.
Great hike enjoyed a kings peak porter on the top
This was my second time to the summit of Utah, this one as part of a Kings-Emmons ridge traverse. Sunrise from the summit was wonderful.
Hiked the Yellowstone Creek trail all night for 18 miles to Anderson Pass. Climbed Kings and many others
From Island Lake in the Henry's Fork we took the Gunsight Shortcut. First ones to summit that day at about 9:30AM!! Took the Toilet Bowel back down and across the basin back to camp. Love this hike/summit, what a beautiful area!
Weird experience. Saw a person flying a kite, incisive barking dog w/o owner near the shoot. Lot's of horses without owners. awesome day for a hike. Nice solo time with some great weather. saw two moose on this trip!