Ascent of Kings Peak on 2003-08-12

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Date:Tuesday, August 12, 2003
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Kings Peak
    Elevation:13528 ft / 4123 m

Ascent Trip Report

I arrived at Gunsight Pass, elev 11888', after a 1 hour confortable gradual climb from my campsite at dollar lake. From here I opted for the shorter route, a rocky trailess route to the right, a straight line to to Anderson pass. All rocks/boulders, a lot of rock hopping, odd cairn leads the way, shorter but potentially dangerous. From this pass you follow a rocky/boulder ridge with the odd cairn, poorly marked.
I summitted at 10h15 hrs, elev 13528' for my 41st highpoint, after leaving camp 4 hours ago, 8 others joined me on the summit. Super views, long snack break.
I decided to descend the safer route, even though somewhat longer with 600' of extra climbing, thru the Painter Basin. From the summit I descended the shorter rocky slope in a NW direction to trail #025/painter basin, instead of following the ridge SW to Anderson pass. Rain off and on most of the way once in the painter basin, removed my poncho like a yo-yo.
I got back to dollar camp at 14h45 hrs after a 8 3/4 hour day. A lot of people going up, poorly dressed and looking for trouble.
My 3 hour hike out in the morning was uneventfull, because of the poor weather I decided to drive to Rock Springs WY and overnight at a motel.

The hike-in, South on the Henrys Fork Basin, is green and beautifull, a huge expansive valley, saw a number of moose, pack horse caravans that you don't see out East. A beautifull wilderness area. On to Wyoming's Gannett Peak.

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3228 ft / 983 m
    Elevation Loss:3228 ft / 983 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Weather:Raining, Pleasant, Calm, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2628 ft / 801 m
    Distance:14 mi / 22.5 km
    Route:#117 gunsight pass/user trail anderson pass, #41
    Trailhead:dollar lake, wasatch nat forest  10900 ft / 3322 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:3228 ft / 983 m
    Extra Gain:600 ft / 182 m
    Route:anderson pass, trails #025/#068 painter basin/#117
    Trailhead:dollar lake, wasash nat forest  10900 ft / 3322 m

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