Kings Peak Trip Report (#4137)
- Signed By: Rex Headd
- Date submitted: October 30, 2001
Leaving the Henry's Fork trailhead the 10 or so miles to Dollar Lake are a nice stroll through the forest gaining little elevation. We set up camp on a ridge near Dollar Lake and spent most of the time in the tent due to the rain. You can set your watch by the afternoon thunderstorms here. From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. the 3 days we were here, it rained like clockwork. We left the tent around 6:30 a.m. and took the usual Gunsight Pass route skirting the edge of Painter's Basin over to Anderson Pass. From the top of Anderson Pass the trail pretty much disappears and I wouldn't waste time looking for it. It's obvious where to go, up the jumbled mass of boulders until you reach the summit of King's Peak. The summit offers some nice views in all directions but some of the surrounding peaks seem deceptively higher than King's. We arrived on the summit around 10:30 a.m. about 4 hours after leaving dollar lake. The was a storm approaching so we head straight down the boulders toward Painter's Basin and was able to glissade down some snowfields to speed up the descent. We were back at the tent around 3 p.m. just in time for the thunderstorms. We used King's Peak as a nice warm-up for the Grand Teton and some other high points of the summer. This was a very nice hike and scenic climb. Definitely a memorable high point. Check out my website for pictures and trip description.