Ascent of Kings Peak on 2019-08-28

Climber: Richard Hensley

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Kings Peak
    Elevation:13528 ft / 4123 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hike stats include trips for water. For dayhikers, it would be 25.7 miles round trip and 4900 ft of gain (includes extra 400 each way).

Surprised there were zero mosquitoes from TH to campsite. That would not be the case the next two days. But they still weren't enough to require deet.

Chose a tent site to set up my climb of Gilbert the next day. Left me about a 1/2 mile from the nearest water though.

Found good stream (H2O on track) across the trail 1/2 mile from camp. But my frozen bottles were still full. This was unfortunate because the remaining streams before Gunsight Pass were dry. I then had to contemplate taking either the long trail or the "toilet" chute on the way back. Fortunately, there were sufficient snow cornices at Anderson Pass to produce a stream below (MELT). This water is probably gone when all the snow has melted.

The views were great from Kings. I could see the whole length of the Uintas, and all the way to Mt Nebo.

The shortcut around "Dome Pk" worked well. Ascending, I stayed too high from the south shoulder, and it was nearly constant talus hopping and up and down. Better route on return, where I stayed on trail longer, then across mostly meadow, and then short talus climb up onto the shoulder. Another case of making it more difficult by trying to save elevation.

The final climb from Anderson Pass was more difficult than I expected. Not technical; just seemed to never end.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4677 ft / 1425 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3425 ft / 1043 m
    Round-Trip Distance:20.5 mi / 33 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Weather:few cu; viz 100mi; breeze; cool
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4677 ft / 1425 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 4097 ft / 1249 m; Extra: 580 ft / 176m
    Loss on way in:580 ft / 176 m
    Distance:13.8 mi / 22.2 km
    Route:Gunsight Pass
    Start Trailhead:Henrys Fork TH  9431 ft / 2874 m
    Time:8 Hours 6 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2845 ft / 867 m
    Distance:6.7 mi / 10.8 km
    Route:Gunsight Pass
    End Trailhead:tent  10683 ft / 3256 m
    Time:3 Hours 28 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Kings Pk (2 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Kings Peak2019-08-284677 ft / 1426 m
2Gunsight Peak-N rij2019-08-29 a 
3Gilbert Peak2019-08-29 b3759 ft / 1146 m
Total Trip Gain: 8436 ft / 2572 m    Total Trip Loss: 8436 ft / 2571 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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