0730: Departed Hill AFB
1030: Arrived at Henry's Fork Trailhead, in time for a torrential hail and lightning storm! People coming down the mountain were soaked.
1200: Departed up the trail, ~7.5 miles to Dollar lake. Ongoing rain showers ensured the trail was muddy, and the river was high.
0300: Alarm clock rings for an alpine start!
0415: After a breakfast of oatmeal and fruit, we departed base camp for Kings Peak via Gunsight Pass. Clear, starry, moon-less skies were our reward for getting up so early.
0630: Gained Gunsight Pass. Great views into the upper Uinta River basin on the far side! We headed westward on the Gunsight Cutoff "trail" toward Anderson Pass, on the southern flank of the unnamed (?) 13,103-foot mountain between the passes. Unfortunately, a member of the group had come to experience intolerable altitude symptoms. Turning back is a hard choice, but in this case it was the correct action. Kudos for making the right call, before getting into a bad spot. We kept in radio communication, and the rest of the team continued on.
0800: More fantastic views from Anderson Pass, looking down upon Henry's Fork Lake, Dollar Lake, and the upper valley The final push up the north ridge of Kings Peak was tough! It's steep, rocky, poorly marked, and punctuated by false summits. Yet we were overwhelmed by amazing views of Mt. Wilson and the western Uintas in the distance. A few marmots chirped at us as we passed.
Sunday, 23 July
After a leisurely sleep-in, and breakfast of hash browns and eggs, we cleaned up camp and headed back down the Fork. We spotted a large herd of mountain goats, and a moose, on the way down. Some light rainshowers reaffirmed our fantastic luck with the weather yesterday. After a round trip of 28 miles, the car was a welcome sight, by mid-afternoon. Thunder had been following us all the way down, and we were glad to beat the worst of it! The rain didn't diminish the great experience in the slightest. Hard to believe how fast this trip had gone!