100 Hikes in Utah
by Steve Mann & Rhett Olson (The Mountaineers Books)
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We did a 4-day trip- took our sweet time... it was awesome! Tons of streams for water, lots of cool campsites just off the trail. It's pretty long but mellow 28mi. excluding the boulder crawl up to the summit. The walk out on the last day seemed the longest and most tiring somehow! If your considering it- do it, you'll be stoked.
The trail isn't to challenging but it does seem very long to get to dollar lake and also the return trip home. The climb to the top of Kings Peak from Dollar Lake is quiet challenging and be sure to leave yourself plenty of time. All in all it is a great hike with great scenary.
The High Uinta Wildrness is an amazing area. Lakes everywhere, and trails that meander along stream banks and along ridgelines. Kings Peak is the center piece of the entire area. The trail from Henry's Fork see an abundance of traffic, and when we arrived there were more than 50 cars parked there. Despite the crowds solitude can be found by avoiding the high use areas (i.e. Dollar Lake). The hike to the top of Kings is a boulder hop below a ridgeline. I would strongly suggest sturdy soled shoes, and following the use trail that avoids Painter Basin.
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