Most hikers camp at the lakes at the Upper end of Henrys Fork Basin. At mile 16.7 continue straight. Follow Highway 40 as it turns back to the southwest and after 5.6 miles, turn right on UT 87 (AKA Ioka Lane) and follow this paved highway for 16.5 miles to the town of Altamont. You can either continue straight up the Yellowstone Creek Trail for 17 uneventful miles to Anderson Pass. Yellowstone Creek (Swift Creek) Trailhead. Sit down, take off the pack, eat some food, drink, refill water bottle, if needed. This meadow is slow-going from the shortcut side, because there isn't a trail and thus running on the rocks becomes a danger. There is a little switchback when you are almost to gunsight, dont take it. 0 / 4. Kings Peak (Utah) Weather (Days 0-3): The weather forecast for Kings Peak (Utah) is: Mostly … When following the cairns spread out so as not to create a trail. Information regarding the conditions for climbing Kings Peak can be obtained from: Wasatch-Cache National Forest Here's a quick trip report. (277), Comments The "standard" route takes you over Gunsight Pass, continues southeast on trail 068 until it hits trail 025, then you take a right (heading west on 025) up to Anderson Pass, then you climb Kings Peak's ridge to the summit. Conditions History. Peak Conditions; Welcome to the Peak Conditions pages where you can provide brief status updates to the 14ers.com community. No permits or fees to park here or to camp. Panoramic Point Road is closed to vehicles, but feel free to hike along the road (5 miles round trip) to the overlook. (395), Climber's Log Entries Kings Peak: 13,528 ft. At the top, it was extremely windy. 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. Drive south on this road for another nearly 3 miles to turn right on the road to Henry's Fork Campground and the trailhead. Trails & Lifts. The majority of folks heading up TR 117 (Henry's Fork Trail) are camping at Dollar Lake, and when we were there recently (7/29), there were over 200 people at Dollar lake alone. There are 3 options that go straight up the face. The National Park Service is working servicewide with federal, state, and local authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. Total hiking time was 9.5 hrs, and my total time (car to car) was 10.5 hrs. The Gu was extremely helpful – I used it twice and it really made a difference. This is a incredibly long hike plan on doing it in 2 to three days. No obstacles. Has anyone been on the normal route to Kings Peak recently? Overall a great experience. This trailhead is on the north side of the range. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. It has many wonderful photos of our adventures that are invaluable to us. This trail goes to Alligator Lake and is roughly 0.5 miles one way. On the way down, instead of taking the ridge down to Anderson, we went straight down the summit. Awesome hike !! 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 mountain was named after Clarence King, who was the first director of the US Geological Survey. The route is well marked with cairns, although the trail is obvious. It was pretty crowded and so we decided to go further ahead to camp. It was meant as humerous and to be taken as as joke lol. I am very thankful to be able to adopt and continue to provide lots of information about this wonderful peak here on SummitPost. I did not run any portion of the hike. I brought a banana and ate it at mile 5. It is certainly climbable any time of year however mid-winter ascents will require skis, lots of warm clothing, a liberal dose of spare time and a love for sub-zero temperatures and hurricane force winds! Passable The Henrys Fork Campground marks the trailhead to the normal route to Kings Peak. NOAA weather radar, satellite and synoptic charts. Has anyone ridden a mountain bike the majority of the way to Gunsight pass? At just over 12 miles turn onto Forest Road 17 and continue south 6.8 miles to Forest Road 077. This is a good spot to camp or you can continue on and setup camp closer to Gunsight Pass. Parents refers to a larger category under which an object falls. Me and him probably could've done it in 11 hours, but we had to wait for people in our group. You can bypass Gunsight and the meadow by sliding down the chute at Anderson, although it is dangerous. Henry's Fork trailhead on the afternoon of 9/2 (Labor Day weekend) was packed to the gills. Also, remember you can’t walk as fast at the high altitude. https://friendsofkingspeak.weebly.com/current-conditions.html I guess the latest plaque actually has been approved, but by a wrong office of the FS, so it had to go in the end. Apparently one has to climb directly up from Gunsight Pass in order to stay above the cliff band and large talus slope. At mile 21.9 turn right. In Mountain View, we found out that our tire was flat, and our starter went out. Be a little careful – all these carbs and calories can give you an upset stomach. This trail starts at the Henrys Fork trailhead and goes past Dollar, near Henrys Fork Lake and over Gunsight Pass (11,891 feet). This is the most popular approach for Kings Peak coming from the north side of the range. These are small areas and will NOT support the large groups the BSA likes to bring in. Current conditions, warnings and historical records We didn't find the herd path from Gunsight Pass around West Gunsight Peak, instead dropping down into Painter Basin. Salt Lake City, UT 84128 • In late July, the temps were around 50 overnight. You can then fill the bottle with stream water and then use the filter on your water bottle. For example, theAconcagua mountain page has the 'Aconcagua Group' and the 'Seven Summits' asparents and is a parent itself to many routes, photos, and Trip Reports. • On Summit day, leave camp as early as possible. The peak can be approached from the south, too--its a longer hike, but offers the opportunity to clamber along the easy ridge between Mount Emmons and Kings Peak, featuring many 13,000 foot bumps. Flat. Are crampons/ or snow shoes needed? (801)524-3900. The trail heads in a Southerly direction on a gradual rise. Windy, with a west northwest wind around 34 mph, with gusts as high as 50 mph. Make sure to sign in. The winds at Anderson were reaching highs of 80 mph, and the air is very dry. You can shave off another 15 minutes or so by scrambling and boulder hopping below Gunsight Pass rather than taking the switchbacks. Dogs are also able to use this trail. This is the standard route on Kings Peak and regardless on which approach you take (with the possible exception of the Uinta River Trail), the route begins at Anderson Pass. This trail goes to Alligator Lake and is roughly 0.5 miles one way. Started at 4:10 AM from Henry's Fork Trailhead. The other option is to turn right shortly after the trailhead and hike the Swift Creek trail to Milk Lake. The trail is rated as difficult and is primarily used for hiking, running, and backpacking. It’s very easy on the way up until gunsight pass. Yellowstone Creek does form a narrow, deep gorge that you'll pass by through the trees which may make the boring hike a little more interesting. If you’re planning to do it in a day, make sure to get an early start. 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 last mile to the peak involves a lot of climbing. . 8 / 26. Did this hike with Gideon Both on 10/10/20, and its everything he said and more. Continue straight for another 2.4 miles where you will come across a sign for the Elkhorn stream crossing to the left. If you're coming from the east in Roosevelt, Utah, continue south through town on US Highway 40 / 191. High near 9. 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. There is a route before you get down the gunsight pass on the right, it saves a significant amount of time and distance. Detailed hiking conditions reports for trails and mountain peaks throughout New England Amazing trail run. Choose Season All Season. Anwyay we made it to the truck around 11:30 pm. Most people were turning back and so did we. From the trailhead at 7800 feet elevation, follow the trail north along the Uinta River. From this point, drive Uinta County Road 283 (also named Forest Road 072) south toward Grahams Reservoir and Bridger Lake for 12.1 miles to Forest Road 017. And yes, people do use lamas as pack animals in this area. (19 ), Kings Peak--One Day to Ski, 14 months to Agonize Over, Kings Peak Day Tripping on the Fourth of July, A Tale of Two Kings: "Failure" and "Success" in the Uintas, KPT07: The Swansons' 34th Kings Peak Ski Run, Through the Vaper Veil: Kings Peak, HP #38, 1 At mile 18, turn right to Uintah Canyon. Search for pages on the site. 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. Hiked about halfway in just before Dollar lake and then woke up at 4am to summit. Open Trails. Short cut No. This portion is off-trail and has a lot of boulder hopping to the summit which has a beautiful view. Then hike out. Kings Peak's North Ridge on the right skyline, Kings-Emmons Ridge...North (Mount Emmons) is to the left, Map showing the Kings-Emmons ridge-run loop (first 5 peaks). When you get to the big rock pile at Gunsight, you can either descend into Painters Basin, which is an easier hike, albeit longer. At 4:40 I popped out of the tent and headed up, using both a headlamp and flashlight to make my way to the north ridge (Anderson's Pass area). This trail is much more scenic as it hikes on a ridge crest for a while and passes by a few large beaver ponds before reaching Deer Lake, which is at 10,200 feet and 6 miles from the trailhead. North Emmons and Emmons are just off to the east, Routes I had a light pack with water, some food, and I used it later for storage to strip off layers after the sun started to heat things up. • From Dollar Lake to the summit is about 4-5 miles, with 4,000 vertical gain. Choose Season All Season. It provides a fantastic peak-bagging adventure and endurance test as you will pass over seven 13ers if you complete the ridge. 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. So grateful that people who love the outdoors are amazing people! Awesome day hike, not to be missed. Effective immediately, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Par… That was a scramble itself as the trail quickly disappears and you boulder to the top. Completed the peak early august 2016 and took the short cut route. From there, turn south and climb the north ridge of Kings Peak 1.5 miles to the summit. Weather Forecast for Central Uinta Mountains. Humor is appreciated. A lower herd path allowed us to cut off a bit from the "official" trail junction, but down on the flats. Other nearby 13ers like "Henry's Fork Peak" and Gunsight Peak can also be tagged. 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). This approach starts on the south side of the range but approaches Kings Peak from the east. Well, I guess another trip is warranted. • Dress in layers. From Gun site pass take trail to west along ridge. Low gradient trail with a few wet areas. From the top you'll have great views of the different valleys surrounding the peak. Although there is a discernable trail to start the summit climb, it doesn't give you any hints. Turn left onto 8,000 North, then right again on 17,000 West which then curves left and turns into 9,000 North and then into Yellow Stone Road. (1, 2 or 3 people) I would recomend continuing past Dollar lake and camping closer to Gunsight Pass. FYI-the huge mountain to your immediate right is not King’s Peak. Started Henrys fork early morning as my plan was to finish it and be back to camp that night. And don’t skirt high and to the right, stay on the slightly lower ground to the left – fewer boulders, which are a pain. The scenery is second to none here. It’ll take 3-4 hours to reach the top, and about the same to get back. You can get all 7 peaks before descending Swift Creek but make sure there is no chance for thunderstorms to develop as you will be way above treeline for many hours. We started from the camp around 5:45pm and reached the trailhead at 9:45pm. (16), Additions & Corrections We are monitoring our operations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and this page is updated as adjustments are made. From Anderson Pass Scramble up the ridge south to the summit of Kings Peak. Bikes aren't allowed on that trail, as it enters a wilderness area very quickly and wheeled vehicles aren't permitted in wilderness areas. Not too cold. What a mistake! 100m to the sw of the trail at around 11,000' which have a couple good spots to pitch a tent, and a larger pond / small lake at about 11,630' , approx. I completed this hike as a day hike. Although its above tree-line there are a lot of places to camp, running water, and a lot of solitude. Ever year there is something different, sometimes a few registers, sometimes none. This trailhead is on the south side of the range and although not quite as scenic as the hike from Henry's Fork, it offers a very mellow hike up the long Yellowstone Creek Trail. Any assistance in this quest would be appreciated. It is a beautiful and steady climb. Rate Quality . Make sure to take your time here as not all of the boulders are stable. • When going up Gunsight pass, you might consider going directly up the face and not taking the switch back trail to your right. Even if you don’t feel pain, take some before hiking and at various intervals. The higher peak (the east one) is called King's Peak and the smaller, western one is called Queen's Ridge. 8 / 26. Take a lifestraw to enjoy all the mountain streams. This way saves a lot of time, and its not that sketchy. Any of these lakes make a fine campsite. This is a great campgroundwith access to great fishing, kayaking, and hikinghigh (9,420 feet in elevation) in the Uinta mountain range. The approach from Henry's Fork doesn't appear to increase in elevation too quickly and also covers what appears to be open plains. Open Trails. Near the summit we lost our black Samsung Galaxy Note 8 phone. Staying on the east side (side facing Painter's Basin) is what I'd advise to anyone since the other side is basically a cliff face. Saw a couple moose, but they were like 200 yards away. From the top of the pass, the trail descends 500 vertical feet into the next drainage and loops around the steep, rocky slopes of Gunsight Peak to once again ascend the gentler, though still rocky slope of Kings Peak. Do you have any advice? On summit day, bring at least 7 of these. Do not proceed directly toward Anderson pass, this route looses to much altitude. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from April until October. Alligator Lake is the first great camping spot once you hit the trail. Kings Peak is a 8.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Strathcona D, British Columbia, Canada that offers scenic views. It could have easily been a day hike, but we think you can enjoy it more, if you do it in two days. TRAIL CONDITIONS. 8 / 26. Horse Mountain Creek Trail . View Trail Map Start Planning Your Trip to the Peak Today Plan Your Trip. Kings Peak is the highpoint of Utah, and of Duchesne County. These two were tied up near the trailhead. This is just like one of the best hikes if not the best that I have ever done. • Bring pain killers (Tylenol, Advil, etc.). 0 / 4. 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. © 2006-2020 SummitPost.org. From the pass, hike south on the ridge to the summit. • Better to spend 2 nights, if possible. We got down to the trailhead at 7:30, clocking in at just under 15.5 hours. Correct route goes below snow field NE of Anderson pass. ... King Richard’s Willy-Nilly. Or, if you are coming from the west in Duchene, turn north onto State Highway 87. Go straight up the bottom of the little ravine and you'll save 10 minutes. I wore a nylon long-sleeved shirt which worked great. The other photo is the rocky scree slope you'll need to climb to ascend Kings Peak. 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. Detailed hiking conditions reports for trails and mountain peaks throughout New England The standard hiking route is a 28.8 mile round trip trek, so the peak is usually climbed as part of a backpacking trip. We also utilized the 'short cut' after Gun sight Pass to cut some distance and to avoid losing elevation. All individuals are at health risk through exposure, especially under exertion. So many people take this route that there are clear paths through this region. It is bright red. 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