Kings Peak

Kings Peak Trip Report (#4123)

I summited with my wife and best friend Dave Haskin. We left Green river at 7:30 P.M. in snow sprinkles, and laughed to each other about the look of dismay on the WY locals faces when they found out that we were climbing King's Peak over the weekend- no vision. Anyways, we started hiking from the trailhead at about 9:00 P.M. and made it to Dollar lake by 1:00 A.M. Smooth going except for a crazy marsh basin that was kind of tricky to forge at night, if you weren't careful you'd sink up to your knees, but the light snow blanketed the lower dollar lake basin and made the journey spectacular.

The following morning brought clear skies, and we made our way through Gunsite Pass, don't think that you'll save time by bushwacking it diagonally, we did that and lost about 1 1/2 hours going up, and down, but the view of Painter Basin was worth it.

So stick on the trail, take the ridge to the summit, and could the incredible quantity of lakes that you'll see at the top. Awesome. Oh yea, look around, do you see signs of ANY civilization? That's right, zip, zilch, nada. Truly remote country. A storm started to come in why we were on top, and we high tailed it down the near vertical chute in almost white out conditions. Once we got to the bottom, the skies cleared, the heavens smiled, and we were left looking at some pretty cool tracks that we had just made.

The same day hike back to our cars was kind of long, but it was definitely worth it. We had some good stories to tell at church the next day, especially glad that we had wind and water proof liners.......Great Hike. You're on a adrenaline high for at least a week afterwards.

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