Peak(s):  Gilbert Pk, UT - 13,442 feet
"Gunsight Pk", UT - 13,263 feet
Date Posted:  09/04/2010
Date Climbed:   09/03/2010
Author:  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; - 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.
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.
Gilbert north ridge

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

Gilbert benchmark

view down ascent ridge

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

Gunsight Peak

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

Kings cirque

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

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!

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 Comments or Questions

09/04/2010 19:22
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

09/05/2010 04:36
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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