Hiked about halfway in just before Dollar lake and then woke up at 4am to summit. From the trailhead, the well use trail heads south. You want them to be a minimum of 150 calories each. Me and him probably could've done it in 11 hours, but we had to wait for people in our group. I ended up with 28.5 miles for the day on my watch. Stay on the good road for 12.1 miles from WY-410 to a signed junction. Drive south to Mountain View and continue through town until the road becomes Route 410 … From here on out you'll have sweeping views of the valley you are ascending. North Slide Peak Trailhead, 7.5 miles, 1 hour Kinsey Ridge Trailhead, 10 miles, 1 hour 15 minutes Spanish Ridge Trailhead, 12.3 miles, 1 hour 30 minutes. After gunsight the summit climb is brutal. It's an easy hike all the way to Gunsight, and as has been noted by others, you can run this part. Started around 2:30pm from Henry Fork Trailhead, the hike was very easy up to Dollar Lake(7.5 miles). This side of the basin had very undeveloped trails. Made for a long second day, but the view was worth it. King Crest Trail South (Saddle Mountain Trailhead to King Peak) 5.6 miles, 1,200 ft. climb A gradual climb through a mixture of chaparral and forest, topping off with the spectacular King Peak vista. This is located in the Saguaro National Park - West Unit. I kept one snack in my pocket, while hiking, so I could eat any time. It crosses a wide open flat before climbing and entering the forest. Regular • If you’re doing a 2-day hike, summit on the 2nd day, after you’ve acclimated to the altitude. I started 2 hours before the sun rose, and the first portion of the hike is in good condition to complete in the dark (with the assistance of a headlamp or flashlight). The meadows were overtaking them. • Take a 5-10 minute break every hour or so. After the hike, I was diagnosed with tendonitis and a stress fracture in my left foot, thanks to the steep descent from the summit. Utah Trails. A few tips on doing the peak in a day: From Mountain View Wyoming, go south out of town on WY-410 toward Robertson. I believe I'm the first person to accomplish this in a day. We lost our cell phone near the summit on October 8th and David found it and hunted us down to return it. This is a incredibly long hike plan on doing it in 2 to three days. It is in a little open faced case with a finger holder attached to the back to help with taking photos. Hike Description . Although the climb to the top of Kings Peak is very strenuous it is not technically difficult, and about the only requisite for the trip is good physical … A lovely pet, a nice couple. Take the Kings Mountain Trail straight ahead. Please, if found, there is a reward. This KILLS your legs, but saves time. Had a great hike to summit on October 8, 2020. There was crazy wind bursts at the top so be careful not to be blown off. Basically flat. I didn't sleep well at the trailhead and got a late start. • Pack light, but don’t skimp. After taking a few pictures they darted into the trees… Not too cold. It was a bit chilly (33 degrees) this early, so make sure to pack/wear warm enough gear. • Other training: lunges, deep knee bends, climbing up large boulders. Be sure to stay on the main trail headed up the basin after crossing Henry Fork. On summit day, bring at least 7 of these. Kings Peak recedes into the distance as the group hikes back to the car at the Henrys Fork trailhead. The basin comes into dramatic view as the trees open at the crossing. The first night, my 0 C sleeping bag with liner was a little too hot, second night it was just right. At just over 12 miles turn onto Forest Road 17 and continue south 6.8 miles to Forest Road 077. Dollar Lake is a good last place to fill up before heading to the summit. The campground offers restrooms, horse corals and plenty of parking to accommodate all the hikers. Most hikers camp at the lakes at the Upper end of Henrys Fork Basin. So many different zones you hike through! Each one is beautiful and slightly different than each other. The Gu was extremely helpful – I used it twice and it really made a difference. Please email us at timgorsuch@live.com. I think the only reason it’s received the hard rating is because of the length. Forecast said the nights would be high 20s, low 30s. The right-most trail seems to be easier. For the last five miles I was hiking in the dark and scanning the ground not only to avoid tripping, but to find the softest parts of the ground for my feet. I brought a banana and ate it at mile 5. There is one trail out of the trailhead. Henrys Fork Trailhead is one of the few trailheads on the north slope of the High Uintas that is accessible all year round. This is a popular place to camp, however, and July through September in particular it can be f… Some Views from this popular lake. Henry's Fork Campground/Trailhead is signed (straight ahead, instead of making the bend), and 3.4 miles at the end of the road. The work, and elevation gain, begins shortly after leaving Dollar Lake as the trail begins a steep climb to Gunsight Pass. Within ten minutes of arriving we seen are first sign of wildlife. There is a little switchback when you are almost to gunsight, dont take it. Elk Mountain and Kings Mountain are two popular hiking destinations in Oregon's Coast Range. No permits or fees to park here or to camp. The Kings Peak hike is one of those five, and we decided to extend our visit in this diverse area for as long as possible. Nevertheless, it offers the same Sonoran Desert flora and fauna, an equal opportunity to see owl clover and Mexican goldpoppies, and spectacular 360-degree views from the summit of Wasson Peak. 10:30 car to car with two half hour stops one at the summit and one to help some hunters. Although there is a discernable trail to start the summit climb, it doesn't give you any hints. • Bring at least 10 different high-energy “snacks” of different types. It's only the last ~3 miles that has any real steepness, and even then it's only the final scramble that's steep. This can be a bit hard to spot, but well worth finding. ARTICLE INDEX The most popular route to 13,528-foot Kings Peak (the highest point in the State of Utah) comes in from the north starting at the Henrys Fork trailhead. 1st day hike in to camp is 8-9 miles, with a modest 1500 elevation gain. It is so incredible. It was pretty crowded and so we decided to go further ahead to camp. No permits or fees to park here. King Peak Rd./Shelter Cove Rd. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from April until October. Jerky, granola bar, Stinger waffles, Gu, nuts, chocolate, gummi bears, fruit leather. Not only is Kings Peak tall by contiguous U.S. standards – 13,528 feet to be exact – but it also takes a minimum of 30 miles roundtrip to hike to its summit. King Lake - 10.8 Miles Round-Trip King Lake is located 5.4 miles from Hessie Trailhead in the Indian Peaks Wilderness. Kings Peak, UT; Mount Powell, UT; Gilbert Peak NE, UT; Bridger Lake, UT (very small section, not needed). Stay lower out of the rock field and cross to the south west, contouring over and re-joining the main trail below Anderson Pass. The challenge is that this route is a 41-mile round trip with 6,580 feet of climbing instead of 26 miles and 4,300 feet of climbing. The Henry’s Fork and Kings Peak area of the High Uinta Wilderness is another great option for summer backpacking. I felt a little light headed when we first got to camp (around 9,400 ft), and made my summit on the 1st day harder. To get to the Henrys Fork trailhead, drive Interstate 80 through Wyoming to State Route 414. This is a great campgroundwith access to great fishing, kayaking, and hikinghigh (9,420 feet in elevation) in the Uinta mountain range. It’ll take 3-4 hours to reach the top, and about the same to get back. The trailhead is located on highway #28 just past Lady Falls headed towards Gold River roughly 67km west of Campbell River. From Anderson Pass Near the summit we lost our black Samsung Galaxy Note 8 phone. • Camp close to a water source (Dollar Lake has some good water sources, and you’ll cross two small streams close to each other right before you get to Dollar Lake area, which has great camping spots in the trees on both sides of the trail) I did not take the shute back down but I wish I would have. If missed on the way up, it is easier to spot on the return trip and makes a shorter route back. From the Henry Fork Trailhead (approx. The trail has a gradual slope for the first three miles, with an elevation change of just over 400 feet. I did not run any portion of the hike. In Mountain View, we found out that our tire was flat, and our starter went out. Here you can turn left at the Kings Peak highway sign and travel just over 1km to the parking area. Try and stay shaded from the wind as much as you can, and good luck. The other photo is the rocky scree slope you'll need to climb to ascend Kings Peak. Kings Peak is located just south of the spine of the central Uinta Mountains, in the Ashley National Forest in northeastern Utah, in north-central Duchesne County.It lies within the boundaries of the High Uintas Wilderness.The peak is approximately 79 miles (127 km) due east of central Salt Lake City, and 45 miles (72 km) due north of the town of Duchesne. 321 Highway 414 PO Box 129 9400 feet elev.) There may be a sign in register. • Make sure your bottle is full either right before coming up Gunsight Pass, or shortly after crossing the face – streams become far less frequent after that. Hit maybe the last weekend (9/18/2020) of this year where the summit was free of snow. King’s Peak Trailhead. • Bring pain killers (Tylenol, Advil, etc.). Join me on this epic hike of Henry's Fork Trail, to the summit of King's Peak in Utah's High Uinta Mountains. The trailhead is located to the right, just north of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. The winds at Anderson were reaching highs of 80 mph, and the air is very dry. If you bring electrolyte powder (strongly recommend), you’ll need another bottle, or you’ll just want to bring a pump. I took this route in July 2017 and we were met with swampy conditions, which forced us to hike out, rendering the entire descent useless, as we could have stayed up high. Didn’t jog on the way up barely jogged on the way down. It is located just under 3 miles from the trailhead, making it a potential first and last-night base camp if backpackers are willing to push it. From Mountain View, take Highway 410 south about 6 miles to a junction. Thank you, Tim. Overall a great experience. Overview. If you’re planning to do it in a day, make sure to get an early start. If you take the Painters Basin route, your reward is a trail all the way to Anderson. It was a perfect day with just a bit of rain later on towards evening. Turn right and climb 3.5 miles to Anderson Pass (12,800 feet) before climbing to Anderson Pass. Please don’t take the shortcut, extremely dangerous. When I did it in a day, I left the trailhead about 4AM, reaching the summit about 10AM, just as clouds were starting to build. This way saves a lot of time, and its not that sketchy. I have only done this going down, so I’m not sure it’s worth it – it’s climbing kind of like the peak (boulder climbing instead of hiking). The county road is signed forest access, and is a good, well graded dirt road. King Crest Trail North (North Slide Peak Trailhead to King Peak) 5.8 miles, 800 ft. climb Much of the trail corridor burned in 2003. Utah’s 13ers are not overly technical, but they usually require several days to summit due to their remoteness and their distance from the nearest road. • In late July, the temps were around 50 overnight. • On Summit day, leave camp as early as possible. When you get to the big rock pile at Gunsight, you can either descend into Painters Basin, which is an easier hike, albeit longer. Steady climb all the way up, with the last mile being the most strenuous. There is a small campground at the trailhead with a pit toilet (no water), however there are many good primitive campsites nearby that will likely be quieter. It only accounts for ~1.5 mi of the total hike, but it took me 1-1.5 hrs to compete. Trail Map | Photo Gallery. I summited Kings Peak, the highest peak in Utah for the 15th time. If looking for isolated camping, consider camping off the trail between Elkhorn and Dollar Lake. Then drops down into the Upper Painter Basin about 2 miles to a trail junction. Try to use the north side slope, climbing on the top of the ridge line is life-threatening. Shortcut The way down is rough, but we made it worse by foregoing Anderson Pass and just getting down the steep side that empties into the rock field/meadow. There are often large groups at Dollar Lake and surrounding areas. You might feel like you’re wasting time, but it makes the trip so much more enjoyable. So, a long tiring day, but it was worth it. If you want a very strenuous hike, the trail continues: see the Elk Mountain-Kings Mountain Loop Hike. Try to minimize impacts. If you would like more information on joining the "Circle of … Dollar Lake (~8 miles from the trailhead / about 4 hours) By. It was clear that the traffic that traveled through Henry Fork Basin to summit King’s Peak never walked on the other side of the mountain. Pack light but be prepared for rain/snow. 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