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Kings Peak UT in a day

Postby JsinDeAZ » Tue Jul 12, 2011 8:48 pm

From Horns Fork, who has done Kings Peak, UT in a day? I'm thinkin' Labor Day weekend. I've read it's 28mi roundtrip. Would a 2am start, 3pm finish be realistic? I have to be somewhere early the next day... I'm in shape and have done the Canyon rim2rim2rim (45miles) in 15.5 hrs. Just not sure about elevation coming from 1K ft the day before. Is the trail pretty easy to follow in the dark if I started earlier?

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Re: Kings Peak UT in a day

Postby Floyd » Tue Jul 12, 2011 8:52 pm

I've only been in the basin in a couple of feet of snow, but if you are a fast trail hiker/runner, you shouldn't have any problem. You won't gain any significant elevation until you are right at the peak. If it is 28 miles RT from the TH, I would guess 25or 26 of it is easy pretty flat trail. You should be able to fly around that basin if it's dry.
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Re: Kings Peak UT in a day

Postby pbakwin » Wed Jul 13, 2011 10:19 am

Your timing sounds reasonable given your R2R2R time, assuming you
don't have altitude issues. The route is straightforward on a good
trail until the last little bit to the summit.

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Re: Kings Peak UT in a day

Postby wineguy » Wed Jul 13, 2011 6:01 pm

JsinDeAZ wrote:Is the trail pretty easy to follow in the dark if I started earlier?

-J


I went up Kings Peak last year, and think it would be a good day hike for a fast hiker in good shape. The trail is a serious highway and should be easy to follow in the dark. Expect lots of people, last August I saw more hikers going up Kings than on any CO 14er other than Longs and maybe Gray/Torreys. Another decision to make is whether to take the "shortcut" from Elkhorn pass. I'd recommend the shortcut, assuming you have daylight when you get there, saves dropping about 500 vertical feet into the basin. If you watch the cairns its an easy Class 2 scramble up a couple of cliff bands, just make sure to pay attention so you can retrace your steps on the way back. Also, if you don't hike faster than mosquitos can fly bring some repellant. Good luck and have a blast.
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Re: Kings Peak UT in a day

Postby skiwall » Wed Jul 13, 2011 10:54 pm

I'm planning on trail running it as a day "hike" before a marathon in early September, so if you think of it, PM me before you head out, and I'll let you know if it works. :)
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Re: Kings Peak UT in a day

Postby xpda » Fri Jul 22, 2011 10:49 pm

There is currently a bridge out about 5.3 miles in (Elk Horn Crossing), and it may or may not be repaired this summer. I'm not sure about wading the crossing, but if you can't get across may add a little distance.

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Re: Kings Peak UT in a day

Postby TerryLiv » Wed Aug 03, 2011 3:33 pm

xpda wrote:There is currently a bridge out about 5.3 miles in (Elk Horn Crossing), and it may or may not be repaired this summer. I'm not sure about wading the crossing, but if you can't get across may add a little distance.


I am planning on doing this Aug 12-14. Any thoughts on what happens if the bridge is not repaired. Does one bushwack up the right side of the river until you find a crossing? Or what?

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Re: Kings Peak UT in a day

Postby thebeave7 » Wed Aug 03, 2011 8:57 pm

As pbakwin said, route is straight forward until you get almost to the peak itself, we got a sunrise start. I think you'll do just fine on that run.
From the upper basin you have two options, climb to the pass and traverse over or hit the direct scree gulley and climb to the peak (leave the trail before you reach the pass). We went up the trail to the pass, then down via the scree, that would be my suggestion. Don't remember the bridge being talked about earlier, but we had no issues last Sept, despite an early season storm dropping a few inches of snow. See the photo album below..
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Re: Kings Peak UT in a day

Postby TerryLiv » Thu Aug 04, 2011 9:50 am

Eric,

Thanks for your reply. Also, I am glad to read that you are only 4X as fast as me.

Sincerely yours,

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Re: Kings Peak UT in a day

Postby xpda » Fri Aug 05, 2011 5:22 pm

TerryLiv wrote:
xpda wrote:There is currently a bridge out about 5.3 miles in (Elk Horn Crossing), and it may or may not be repaired this summer. I'm not sure about wading the crossing, but if you can't get across may add a little distance.

There is now a new bridge, three logs lashed together, that works well. If that should be out, you can take the "basin trail" to avoid the creek. It adds some distance, but I'm not sure how much. Enough snow has melted to make the summit in tennis shoes.
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Re: Kings Peak UT in a day

Postby TerryLiv » Fri Aug 05, 2011 7:03 pm

Great,

Thanks for the info about the bridge.

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Re: Kings Peak UT in a day

Postby jth221 » Thu Aug 11, 2011 3:49 pm

We just did this over last weekend (Fri-Sun) and the weather was clear and perfect conds the entire trip. Temps were only like low 60's but it felt perfect. Mosquitos were a pest though! Take bug spray. They are terrible from the trailhead up to (and worse at) Dollar Lake, back behind the pass and not getting a break until close to 13,000. The only other notes i can state: there are several snow fields as you get closer to the summit, and the hike up to dollar lake after you cross the bridge (which is now up and replaced about 400 yards up the trail after you leave the woods as of 7/22) has some muddy swampy areas to go through. But overall its a very easy summit if you're used to climbing 14ers. Its just the hike is very long. It was state highpoint #38 for us. Have fun!

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