At the top of the pass, before dropping down from the pass south into Painter Basin, a shortcut trail leaves on the right and more directly crosses to Anderson Pass. It took us until 3 AM to get home (we live in Utah). 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. Dollar Lake is a good last place to fill up before heading to the summit. • 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) It crosses a wide open flat before climbing and entering the forest. Both times have been as day hikes from Henry's Fork trailhead. • Bring pain killers (Tylenol, Advil, etc.). Drive south to Mountain View and continue through town until the road becomes Route 410 … Join me on this epic hike of Henry's Fork Trail, to the summit of King's Peak in Utah's High Uinta Mountains. Dollar Lake is an easy 2.5 or so miles above Elkhorn Crossing. Go straight up the bottom of the little ravine and you'll save 10 minutes. Henry's Fork Campground/Trailhead is signed (straight ahead, instead of making the bend), and 3.4 miles at the end of the road. Steady climb all the way up, with the last mile being the most strenuous. Area Status: Closed Lookout Peak is on the border of Sequoia National Forest and Kings Canyon National Park. You've reached the top of the col. Head around West Gunsight Peak and then up the summit ridge to the top of Kings Peak. Not sure I would have summited without the painkillers. the trail gains very little elevation during the first 5.5 miles with several lakes to camp by along the way. I believe I'm the first person to accomplish this in a day. There are often large groups at Dollar Lake and surrounding areas. Great trail, great view, be very careful when climbing to the peak, everyone has only one life. People say that you need to be super fit, and to an extent its true, and its not like some little mountain like Mount Mitchell in the Appalachians. • 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. Kings Peak recedes into the distance as the group hikes back to the car at the Henrys Fork trailhead. We did this over couple of days on Sep 26th and 27th 2020. 1 Review #1,108 of 1,316 things to do in Utah. This is a great campgroundwith access to great fishing, kayaking, and hikinghigh (9,420 feet in elevation) in the Uinta mountain range. Incredible Hike. Follow this well graded road 7.0 miles to where it makes a U-bend to the left. After gunsight the summit climb is brutal. Mountains. From Anderson Pass
Friday: Trailhead at 4:30 pm. It’ll make for a long 2nd day, but that’s better than a long first day, where you’re exhausted and more clumsy while summiting. Many groups have been thwarted by afternoon thunderstorms on their summit bids. Top of the peak has amazing 360 views of the valley and surrounding mountain ranges. If you bring electrolyte powder (strongly recommend), you’ll need another bottle, or you’ll just want to bring a pump. Filterable stream or lakes most of the way. Had a great hike to summit on October 8, 2020. The first night, my 0 C sleeping bag with liner was a little too hot, second night it was just right. RJ Thieneman. Not too cold. We hoped to complete the summit roundtrip in two days, but the map and trail markers a bit deceptive even for us experienced hikers. Location of Kings Peak Utah . We arrived at the Henrys Fork campground which is the start of the trail head. The trailhead starts at the Henry's Fork Campground. I was caught passively hiking, and ended up lower than I needed to be for the summit. The basin comes into dramatic view as the trees open at the crossing. then take Road 017, a gravel road, south about 12 miles to a fork, The east road, road 077 heads south about 5 miles to Henrys Fork. 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. At 13,528 feet, King’s Peak is the tallest in Utah. Trailhead to Elkhorn Crossing (~5.25 miles / about 2 hours)
Be a little careful – all these carbs and calories can give you an upset stomach. The other photo is the rocky scree slope you'll need to climb to ascend Kings Peak. In Mountain View, we found out that our tire was flat, and our starter went out. You'll be climbing up the steep snow covered scree slope to the col to climbers left. King's Peak Utah Henry's Fork Trail is a 43.1 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Altonah, Utah that features a lake and is rated as difficult.
Hike ~7.5 miles to dollar lake by 7:30 pm. To get to the Henrys Fork trailhead, drive Interstate 80 through Wyoming to State Route 414. Kings Peak. Kings Peak is part of the "Circle of Friends" program. I took an even more direct path down, but it was really long and sketchy, and I probably wouldn't do it again. So many different zones you hike through! The scenery is beautiful and there is wildlife everywhere. Started around 2:30pm from Henry Fork Trailhead, the hike was very easy up to Dollar Lake(7.5 miles). The county road is signed forest access, and is a good, well graded dirt road. 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. You can also get a view to the Southeast into another valley. It’ll take 3-4 hours to reach the top, and about the same to get back. 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). Arrived middle of the night at the trailhead for an early AM start. This is a stunning peak that requires a fair bit of effort to reach the summit of. It could have easily been a day hike, but we think you can enjoy it more, if you do it in two days. This made the hike SOOO much less painful. 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). Apples are good, too. Started at 4:10 AM from Henry's Fork Trailhead. Immediately to the north and east of Lookout Peak is the glacially carved Kings Canyon. Although there is a discernable trail to start the summit climb, it doesn't give you any hints. Summit and back to dollar lake by ~3:30 pm. Stay on the good road for 12.1 miles from WY-410 to a signed junction. 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. Pack light but be prepared for rain/snow. It has many wonderful photos of our adventures that are invaluable to us. Henry’s Fork Trailhead is easy to access via … Try to use the north side slope, climbing on the top of the ridge line is life-threatening. FYI-the huge mountain to your immediate right is not King’s Peak. The Henrys Fork Campground marks the trailhead to the normal route to Kings Peak. • Dress in layers. It's only the last ~3 miles that has any real steepness, and even then it's only the final scramble that's steep. I would only try this in a day (the only real way to do it) if you had some long, hard, and high experience hiking, and you need to be decently fit. In 1993, hiking to destinations in an unorthodox manner served as a good counter to my structured work life … Continue reading → Kings Peak among others in Yellowstone Creek Basin. On the way down, instead of taking the ridge down to Anderson, we went straight down the summit. 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. Start early with a good forecast to insure success. This trail starts at the Henrys Fork trailhead and goes past Dollar, near Henrys Fork Lake and over Gunsight Pass (11,891 feet). I did not take the shute back down but I wish I would have. Peak was high 30s. Instead, continue straight on county road 283, resetting your odometer. Please email us at email@example.com. Just skirt around the bottom of it for a mile or so until you reach Anderson’s pass and the base of King’s Peak. There are several approaches to King's Peak, but Henry's Fork Trail is the most popular, and generally the most accessible. Just before the gunsight pass (9.6 miles), we found a beautiful pond on the right side and we decided to camp there. You can bypass Gunsight and the meadow by sliding down the chute at Anderson, although it is dangerous. This is a incredibly long hike plan on doing it in 2 to three days. The campground offers restrooms, horse corals and plenty of parking to accommodate all the hikers. The trailhead is on the inside of a horseshoe bend, just past the turnout for Kings Canyon Overlook. Kings Peak, looking like a shark's tooth, pokes its head above and between two unnamed summits in the basin's south wall. These two were tied up near the trailhead. We took the shortcut and reached the base of the summit, from then on it is lot of scrambling, reached the summit at 1:00pm. Follow the main trail about 5 miles to Elkhorn Crossing. 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 condition. 10 hr up to the peak, regular rest frequency and time. Members of the "Circle of Friends" have access to more specific information, explicit route information, GPS waypoints, trailhead location and detailed maps. We lost our cell phone near the summit on October 8th and David found it and hunted us down to return it. Stay lower out of the rock field and cross to the south west, contouring over and re-joining the main trail below Anderson Pass. At the top, it was extremely windy. • In late July, the temps were around 50 overnight. Good trail, but lots of loose rock and gravel really requires solidi footwear. Most parties camp in the basin, then cross the divide at Gunsight Pass, descend a bit, traverse west, and climb Kings Peak by either the east face or the north ridge. We set up camp here for the night and then ascended up Gunsight Pass in the morning. 10:30 car to car with two half hour stops one at the summit and one to help some hunters. 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. Lookout Peak Trailhead. And yes, people do use lamas as pack animals in this area. 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. I slept in my car at the trailhead to get a 5am start. It was a perfect day with just a bit of rain later on towards evening. This is just like one of the best hikes if not the best that I have ever done. Just completed my second ascent of King's Peak (Labor Day 2013 / August 27, 2016). Henry's Fork Trailhead Directions (These can be tricky - use my track as a destination):
From the top you'll have great views of the different valleys surrounding the peak. Good, isolated camping can be found if your willing to wander off the main trail a bit, but practice minimum impact camping. This is a col between West Gunsight and Kings Peak where you can look back at the valley you climbed up. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/king-peak-trail We started from the camp around 5:45pm and reached the trailhead at 9:45pm. West Fork Blacks Fork Trail to Dead Horse Lake, Lower Red Castle Lake via East Fork Smiths Fork, Dead Horse Lake via East Fork Blacks Fork Trail, Lower Red Castle To Upper Red Castle Lake, Bear River-Smiths Fork Trail: Blacks Forks Section, Lambert Lake via East Fork Blacks Fork Trail, Red Castle Lake and King's Peak Loop from China Meadows. Take the Kings Mountain Trail straight ahead. The last mile to the peak involves a lot of climbing. This time our group consisted of three dads, our 12 year old sons and my King Charles Cavalier Spaniel - great hike. It’s cold and windy up top, so bring layers on summit day. After taking a few pictures they darted into the trees… After 0.1 miles in a ferny lush forest, reach the Wilson River-Kings Mountain Trail Junction. 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 … Over the hill, you'll be met with a meadow of rocks, which you'll need to cross in order to get to Anderson Pass, the last waypoint before the summit. The Henry’s Fork and Kings Peak area of the High Uinta Wilderness is another great option for summer backpacking. Henrys Fork Trailhead is one of the few trailheads on the north slope of the High Uintas that is accessible all year round. Had a nice hiking trip with the Texan couple, D and W, and Harlie, he chased after me after separating at dollar lake camping ground junction, maybe he was reminding me, come back, this way. The work, and elevation gain, begins shortly after leaving Dollar Lake as the trail begins a steep climb to Gunsight Pass. Intersection to: Tolkan Campground, 3.5 miles, 15 minutes Horse Mountain Campground, 6.5 miles, 25 minutes Lightning Trailhead, 16 miles, 1 hour You can shave off another 15 minutes or so by scrambling and boulder hopping below Gunsight Pass rather than taking the switchbacks. Saves time pumping from the stream and weight of carrying the pump. • Bring at least 10 different high-energy “snacks” of different types. 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. 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. Though it can be done in a day, the 25-30 mile round trip is more than most people want to bite off, and is generally done as a 2-3 day backpack. 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. Right after summit we had a rough amount of snow/wind. Jerky, granola bar, Stinger waffles, Gu, nuts, chocolate, gummi bears, fruit leather. 1st day hike in to camp is 8-9 miles, with a modest 1500 elevation gain. So grateful that people who love the outdoors are amazing people! Try and stay shaded from the wind as much as you can, and good luck. No permits or fees to park here. 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. 9400 feet elev.) I completed this hike as a day hike. After the hike, I was diagnosed with tendonitis and a stress fracture in my left foot, thanks to the steep descent from the summit. Plus, you’re not as exhausted and can enjoy some down time. There are plenty of good camping spots 1-2 miles past the lake. We totaled 29 miles, and expect it to feel like it. I did not run any portion of the hike. It was smooth sailing to Gunsight Pass. Please don’t take the shortcut, extremely dangerous. The meadows were overtaking them. Each one is beautiful and slightly different than each other. No permits or fees to park here or to camp. My dad was with us, and created a delay. Didn’t jog on the way up barely jogged on the way down. • From Dollar Lake to the summit is about 4-5 miles, with 4,000 vertical gain. I kept one snack in my pocket, while hiking, so I could eat any time. Very impressed by anyone who can do it in under 10. Up near the top going up there is not much of a trail, so you need to make your own, which isn't too hard. At just over 12 miles turn onto Forest Road 17 and continue south 6.8 miles to Forest Road 077. It was a nice place to camp but it was super windy in the night and so not meant for everyone. I drank a Powerade and 2 bottles of water, and did not filter at all. When you get to the big rock pile at Gunsight, you can either descend into Painters Basin, which is an easier hike, albeit longer. There is one trail out of the trailhead. In mid-Sept, during a warm spell, temps were in the 40s and 50s, with low 40s overnight. You might feel like you’re wasting time, but it makes the trip so much more enjoyable. Good conditions today snow was almost all gone. The winds at Anderson were reaching highs of 80 mph, and the air is very dry. From I-80 drive south on State Route 414 for 6 miles to Mountain View, WY. 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