Ascent of Kings Peak on 2010-09-05

Climber: Jared A

Date:Sunday, September 5, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Kings Peak
    Elevation:13528 ft / 4123 m

Ascent Trip Report

Drove from Salt Lake City to Henry's Fork Campground/trailhead in about 3 hours. Started hiking at 11am and reached Dollar Lake at 3pm. The first 3-4 miles the trail is very rocky, but a gradual ascent. I saw 2 moose close to the trail in this section. After I crossed Elkhorn bridge, the trail become much nicer and easier to travel to Dollar Lake (almost no rocks). Since it was such a nice day and I still had daylight left, I continued on toward Gunsight Pass and camped in a small level spot by water just a half mile from the first switchback. There was a scout troop there as well and I had a great time talking to them and sharing dinner. I started hiking for the summit at 7:30 am and summitted at 11:30. The hike to Gunsight Pass was nice a gradual with some ice on the trail. I took the Gunsight Pass traverse to the right instead of dropping into the valley below. The climb up was easy and very fast (20 minutes). Unfortunately I got too high up the mountain and it is all loose boulders there and very slow going. I dropped down to the plateau floor and made much better time to the base of King's Peak. The trail up the ridgeline to the top of King's peak is your typical cat 3 or 4 scramble with no exposure unless you look for it. It took me about 1 hour to climb from the base to the top. There were nice spots out of the wind at the top and amazing views.

I left the summit at about 12:30pm and followed the trail towards the valley. At one point I turned left off the trail toward a large cairn to the traverse I had taken earlier. Again, the traverse was very fast and saved at least an hour and est 1.5 miles of hiking. FYI: Treking poles are highly recommended if you take the traverse. There are lots of lose rocks and scree. Could be done without the poles.

I made it back to camp below Gunsight pass at about 2:30pm. Packed camp quickly, took a short 10 minute nap and headed for the car at 3pm. Got to the car at 7:30pm and was very glad to be done with my 20 mile day. I did see 1 cow elk about 25 yds off the trail on the way back.

Suggest this hike after August and the end of the Monsoon season. The trail was still wet in places from all the rain in August.

High Point 17
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3928 ft / 1197 m
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Pleasant, Very Windy, Clear
Very nice with some strong gusts at times
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:3928 ft / 1197 m
    Route:Henry's Fork trail
    Trailhead:9600 ft / 2926 m
Descent Statistics

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