Ascent of Kings Peak on 2014-08-02

Climber: J.J. Fernandez

Date:Saturday, August 2, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Kings Peak
    Elevation:13528 ft / 4123 m

Ascent Trip Report

Kings Peak 13,528 ft, Duchesne County Highpoint.

Drove to Henry's Fork after work and camped at the trailhead. Started out pre-dawn to Dollar Lake, set up camp, and tagged Gilbert that afternoon.

Caught some zzzz's next to Dollar Lake. Set out early to Gunsight Pass and opted to take the high-right-bypass (West) up the talus slope directly toward Anderson Pass. (When I do it again, I think I'll just stick to the more level switchback trail) But once you crest the bypass hill, it's relatively level open country travel until you get to the ridge of Anderson Pass. Then you get to revisit the oversized talus slopes encountered on Gilbert. The summit block of Kings, it seems, is just one big pile of giant rocks! Steadily make your way along the ridge to the highpoint of Duchesne County and highest point in the state of Utah to summit Kings Peak, elevation 13,528 ft!
On the way down, I let my buds talk me into dropping-in to the "Toilet Bowl" chute as a short-cut back down to Henry's Fork drainage. Yes, it was a lot quicker, but was also a highly risky choice fraught with danger. It was basically a semi-controlled slide down loose scree the entire way. I tried to aim for larger boulders to stop my fall a moment to just catch my breath before I had to start sliding again. It was harrowing! (And no, I don't think I'd drop into that chute again) But once we got to the bottom, the stroll across the wide open meadows of Henry's Fork back to Dollar Lake was more mellow and relieving. Back at camp.. fixed a big dinner, slept deeply, then headed back to the trailhead first light. Thanks for reading.
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