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 Peak(s):  Gilbert Pk, UT - 13,442 feet
"Gunsight Pk", UT - 13,263 feet
 Post Date:  09/04/2010
 Date Climbed:   09/03/2010
 Posted By:  Layne Bracy

 First Utah 13ers   

6:20am: Henrys Fork TH, 9400'
10:30am: Gilbert Pk, 13442', Summit County highpoint
12:10pm: "Gunsight Pk", 13263'
4:25pm: Henrys Fork TH

~20mi/4700'/10hr 5min

sources: High in Utah - Weibel/Miller; summitpost.org - Scott Patterson

Perfect weather would attend for my first visit to the High Uinta. Several dozen cars were at the TH, but since everyone else was attempting Kings Pk, I would be alone until returning to the main trail in the afternoon.

After 4+ miles, I turned left off the trail at a meadow.
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The meadow where I left the trail


I brought Teva's for the creek crossing, but water was low, and I crossed in boots.
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Creek crossing


I reached a huge meadow, then did easy bushwhacking through open forest to the north ridge of Gilbert. At 11400', I was free of trees and willows.
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Gilbert north ridge


The north ridges are long and gentle, reminding me of the Colorado Flat Tops.
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approaching Gilbert


A little scrambling presented at the left turn to the summit pyramid, but the day was generally easy class 2. After 4 hours, I topped out on Gilbert. The 3rd highest peak in Utah, (and highest without 'Kings' in the name), today it received little attention.
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basin NE of Gilbert

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Gilbert benchmark

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view down ascent ridge


With energy and weather holding, I looked over at the day's next objective - "Gunsight Pk".
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Gunsight from Gilbert

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Gunsight Peak


The descent to the saddle had some loose boulders but was straightforward.
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Gilbert from saddle

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Gunsight from saddle


After 600' more elevation, I stood atop Utah's 7th highest.
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Gilbert from Gunsight

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Gunsight Pass, West Gunsight Pk

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Kings cirque


To descend, I headed north down a little ridge above Dollar Lake.
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descent ridge

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Dollar Lake

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Dollar Lake and the descent ridge


I was happy to be back on the trail, but 8 miles of trail awaited. I suspect my next visit may entail a backpack!
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descent ridge from trail

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Elkhorn crossing - 5.5 miles to go!



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  • Comments or Questions (2)
kaiman

Impressive.     2010-09-04 13:22:40
These two along with King and South King are on my to-do list, but I was thinking about doing a backpacking trip.

You definitely raised the bar with the length and elevation gain on this one... Good work!


Layne Bracy


Thanks!     2010-09-04 22:36:48
Yes, if it was only Kings, I might try to dayhike it. But, since I'll want South Kings, too, I'll probably backpack and then see what else can be added on. Maybe West Gunsight?



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