Ascent of Kings Peak on 2019-07-23

Climber: Andrew Mack

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Kings Peak
    Elevation:13528 ft / 4123 m

Ascent Trip Report

From 80 heading west I got off at Green River Wyoming to 530 south toward Flaming Gorge. Then to 1 toward McKinnon to 414 toward Lonetree to 290 to 263 which becomes 077 and goes to Henry's Fork Campground and the trailhead.

The first 7 or so miles to Dollar Lake are very gradual. My pack felt heavy not having carried one for awhile. This section took 5 hours. I pitched a bit farther than Dollar Lake off the right side of the trail in some trees. There are a few smaller lakes here to filter water.

Got up before dawn at 4:30 and started hiking at 5 am with my headlamp. Arrived at Gunsight Pass for a beautiful sunrise. Saw the trail signs through a snowfield to the right, but decided as I was alone to take the trail down around. The loss of elevation is a bit disheartening, but the valley/basin is nice. Came around and regained the altitude toward Anderson Pass. Cut off the trail to the rock section. This was tough going to the summit, but got there in about 4 1/2 hours. No benchmark that I could see. The sign is broken in three pieces so I pieced it together and took a pic. My phone actually picked up two bars so I texted my wife. Had a granola bar and started down.

Met a guy who had done the peak 8 times and he suggested Anderson Pass. I went off trail to the left and went over the pass to get down. Crossed a long snowfield and got into the scree when it started raining and hailing. Things got a bit slippery as I worked through the rocks. Once you get down there are a few marshy areas to work through but it does save some time. Got to my camp in about 3 hours. Packed up and headed back to trailhead in about 4 hours. Mosquitoes were pretty bad the whole trip. Had to get in my tent almost as soon as I put it up.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Raining, Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Route:Henry's Fork Trailhead
    Time:9 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:7 Hours 

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