Getting close to Henry Fork Basin
Dozer and Henry Fork Peak on left
Short-cut route up to ridgeline from Gunsight Pass
Final climb up to the pass then up the ridgeline
Kings Peak - Utah State Highpoint
Distance: 12 miles
Elevation Gain: 4,088 feet
Summit Elevation: 13,528 feet
Access rating: Good Gravel
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Henry Fork Basin
West from Henry Fork Peak
West side of Kings Peak
The final climb to the summit
Looking east from the summit
Climber getting near the summit
Views to the south during the traverse
Views from Kings Peak
View West from Henrys Fork Peak
Views during the hike in
This is where everyone in Utah goes hiking, the trailhead was packed full of cars. With a late morning start, I rushed up the trail.
I was looking to summit on day one, then get another few peaks tomorrow. Getting up and into Henrys Fork Basin was amazing. Youíve
got miles of meadows, meandering streams, distant peaks, just perfect. I took the trail up to Gunsight Pass where I tied Dozer to
a rock. He would need his strength later today. The next segment was a traverse off trail up and around West Gunsight Peak. This shortcut
saves several trail miles and a lot of elevation loss/gain. At this point a dark cloud was forming over the mountain. One lady on
her way down even had the nerve to tell me I should try again tomorrow. Twenty minutes later the cloud dissipated. The final climb
was up rocks and boulders to a nice view over the Uintas.
Being only 6 p.m., I still had some light to bag Henrys Fork Peak,
the 8th highest in Utah. This only involved dropping down north off the summit to Anderson Pass, taking the hiker trail west and ascending
some class 3 up to the summit. The cliffs off the north side gave this summit a bit more alpine feel than Kings. Looking straight
down into Henrys Fork Basin is also quite impressive from there. Hiking back to Gunsight Pass I realize Iím coming down with quite
a headache. I decide to forgo the peaks the next day wanting to get to a lower altitude. My water supply was low and I knew I need
lots of water to get rid of the headache. Once it got dark, I pulled off the trail, rolled out my pad and bag falling fast asleep.
I was awakened a few hours later when a dad and 2 sons hiked by without any lights. I had hiked a bit with them on the way down. They
didnít have any lights but they were getting very close to their camp so I didnít make them aware of my presence only a few feet away. Hopefully they didn't get lost in the dark, as they didn't sound like they were from the area and were talking loudly about
the best place to get cheap airline tickets for their next vacation.
At first light we got going. Dozer quickly spotted a Moose
in the distance. It took all I had shouting at my dog to keep him from taking flight and disappearing after that moose.