6:20am: Henrys Fork TH, 9400'
10:30am: Gilbert Pk, 13442', Summit County highpoint
12:10pm: "Gunsight Pk", 13263'
4:25pm: Henrys Fork TH
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.
The meadow where I left the trail
I brought Teva's for the creek crossing, but water was low, and I crossed in boots.
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.
Gilbert north ridge
The north ridges are long and gentle, reminding me of the Colorado Flat Tops.
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.
basin NE of Gilbert
view down ascent ridge
With energy and weather holding, I looked over at the day's next objective - "Gunsight Pk".
Gunsight from Gilbert
The descent to the saddle had some loose boulders but was straightforward.
Gilbert from saddle
Gunsight from saddle
After 600' more elevation, I stood atop Utah's 7th highest.
Gilbert from Gunsight
Gunsight Pass, West Gunsight Pk
To descend, I headed north down a little ridge above Dollar Lake.
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!
descent ridge from trail
Elkhorn crossing - 5.5 miles to go!