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Kings Peak Professional Review and Guide
"A multiday backpack to Utah’s highest peak—13,528-foot Kings Peak. Along the way you’ll enjoy emerald green Henrys Fork Basin and a dozen lakes below 13,000-foot peaks. Many hikers just have to scale the highest peak around.
In Utah that means 13,528-foot Kings Peak, a rocky spire in the eastern half of the High Uintas Wilderness. What makes Kings Peak such a fine backpack is not only the exciting scramble to the summit, but also the beautiful alpine terrain and trout fishing along the way."
--Bill Schneider Edited by Ann Seifert, Hiking Utah (Falcon Guides).
Great trip! Utah's Highpoint!
Hiked in to near Dollar Lake the first evening. Great camp sights, plenty of water. The next day on up to high camp near Gunsight lake, camped near a small pond just north of the pass at over 11,000 feet. Moose are abundant in the Henry's Fork drainage. We saw bull moose every day of our trip. Three Bulls sere feeding behing our camp most of the morning of the second day. The third day was summit day. Up over Gunsight Pass early in the morning. On the advise of people we met, we optted for the cut off trail, .6 miles south of Gunsight Pass, saving an hour or two of hiking through Painter Basin on our way to Anderson Pass (12,000). From Anderson Pass its about 1 mile of bolder hoping and scrambling (fun but tedious) to the summit of Kings Peak (the highest in Utah), views of lakes, peaks and tundra in all directions. Be aware that King's Peak is a very popular destination, and during July and August you will meet a string of people going and coming.
Off we go back to our camp at Gunsight to move it down a mile or two to shorten the trip out (more moose)the next day. The final day was a nice stroll back to the trailhead and ice cold beer (the new cooler technology is awesome)! Then back to Mountain View, Wyoming to celebrate at the Cowboy Bar (thanks Guy)! Total mileage clocked in at over 35 miles.
Saw many moose, all quite curious and oblivious to our presence. The last morning of the trip 5 moose (4 bulls and a cow) came into our camp at Dollar Lake. Caught (and released) cuthroat trout at Henrys Fork Lake inlet. Very glad we went early in the week (Mon-Thurs). On our hike out passed nearly 100 persons packing in for the weekend, including 2 scout troups. Hike to Kings was a long (8 hour) day of hiking from our camp at Dollar Lake. Came down a loose rock field below Anderson Pass. Steep and did not save any time. Mid-August nights in mid 40's. Some rain each day, even if just a quick passing storm.
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