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Ascent of Kings Peak on 2010-08-13

Climber: Anthony Wilkinson

Date:Friday, August 13, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Kings Peak
    Location:USA-Utah
    Elevation:13528 ft / 4123 m

Ascent Trip Report

Excellent trip to the top of Utah. The Henry's Fork trail was much like many other trails in the Uintas: long, rocky, gradually sloping, and at 10,000+ feet in elevation. The trail over Gunsight Pass, into Painter Basin, and up to Anderson Pass was easy, with some elevation gain but no steep grades. The route up from Anderson Pass to the top of King's Peak was a boulder scramble, with large rocks, some loose and some firm.

I followed the route down "The Chute" on the descent, it was steep and loose, talus and scree. Rockfall is a consideration from climbers above, but with care you can work your way down on the larger and more stable rocks without too much concern. This route does save considerable distance over the trail into Painter Basin, but you must be unconcerned with heights and sure footed.

The alpine basins were big and beautiful, with lush short green grass and plenty of water. Lakes and ponds were everywhere.

The abundantly available water makes King's Peak a reasonable peak to climb in one day, if you are comfortable with the distance (~30 miles) and elevation (gain over 5000 ft, almost 100% over 10,000 ft).

I personally would say that poles are recommended, between the small stream crossings and pounding your lakes take over the boulders and rocky trail.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:6120 ft / 1865 m
    Elevation Loss:6120 ft / 1865 m
    Distance:29 mi / 46.7 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:2 nights away from roads
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:5144 ft / 1568 m
    Extra Loss:976 ft / 297 m
    Distance:14.5 mi / 23.3 km
    Route:Henry's Fork/Gunsight Pass/Anderson Pass
    Trailhead:Henry's Fork Trailhead  9360 ft / 2852 m
    Time Up:6 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:5144 ft / 1568 m
    Extra Gain:976 ft / 297 m
    Distance:14.5 mi / 23.3 km
    Route:Anderson Pass/"The Chute"/Henry's Fork
    Trailhead:Henry's Fork Trailhead  9360 ft / 2852 m
    Time Down:6 Hours 



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