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
    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 with loose talus and scree. Rockfall was a concern from climbers above, but with care I was able to make my way down on the larger and more stable rocks without too much concern. This route did save considerable distance over the trail into Painter Basin, but I don't think it saved much time.

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

I personally feel that 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 (you gain over 5000 ft between a couple of passes and the final climb to the summit, and almost 100% of this is done over the 10,000 ft elevation threshold).

I was glad I brought trekking poles, I think it was helpful between the small stream crossings and pounding your legs take over the boulders and long rocky trail.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:6120 ft / 1864 m
    Total Elevation Loss:6120 ft / 1864 m
    Round-Trip 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
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:5144 ft / 1567 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 4168 ft / 1271 m; Extra: 976 ft / 297m
    Loss on way in:976 ft / 297 m
    Distance:14.5 mi / 23.3 km
    Route:Henry's Fork/Gunsight Pass/Anderson Pass
    Start Trailhead:Henry's Fork Trailhead  9360 ft / 2852 m
    Time:6 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:5144 ft / 1567 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 4168 ft / 1271 m; Extra: 976 ft / 297m
    Gain on way out:976 ft / 297 m
    Distance:14.5 mi / 23.3 km
    Route:Anderson Pass/"The Chute"/Henry's Fork
    End Trailhead:Henry's Fork Trailhead  9360 ft / 2852 m
    Time:6 Hours 

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