Here's a run down of the trip...
The route selected was via the Henry's Fork trailhead. It was selected primarily because it provides the shortest route up to the summit –– 16 miles, one way. To reach the trailhead, it took a 3+ hour drive through Evanston, Wyoming and onto Fort Bridger, then southward through Mountain View, Wyoming before crossing the state line back into Utah.
Due to some work and school commitments with one of the leader and one of the fathers of the group, I offered to travel with them a day later than the main group we would then rendezvous with the main group up in the basin before attempting the summit the next day.
We left Provo at about 4:30 am and arrived at the trailhead about about 8 am. After some stretching and getting our packs ready, we were on the trail at 8:30.
The trail is fairly gradual for most of the way up into Henry's Fork basin where most hikers set up their base camps and where we would do the same. It only took us a little over 4 hours (which included a nice rest every hour) to reach the upper basin where we would select a spot to camp.
The area we selected our campsite for the first night was between Gunsight Pass and the trail junction for Henry's Fork Lake. After setting up camp, our party of three set off to find the other group at Henry's Fork Lake where the other group had originally planned to camp themselves that night. While we did not have any success finding them there, the scenery along the way was fantastic.
Ultimately he did find the other group, camped out at Dollar Lake. He let them know where our camp was and plans were made to meet right off the main trail near our camp the next morning to head for the summit of King's Peak.
DAY 2Unfortunately a cold front was passing through so the night grew quite cold and we actually woke up to some ice that had crusted over the meadow around us. However, the cold soon dissipated with the arrival of the sun and we were able to get everything staged up for the summit.
Once our two parties had united, we were on our way up and over Gunsight Pass and onward to the ridge that would lead us up to the summit. The pass actually leads into an area known as Painter's Basin but there is a trail that forks right toward Anderson Pass and King's Peak just after passing over the south side of the saddle of Gunsight as you start to enter Painter's Basin.
Coming down, we all kept to the ridge down to Anderson and then opted to take the more adventurous way back down into Henry Fork. It is known as the "Chute". A fairly steep tallus slide.
Upon reaching the bottom, there was a marmot there to greet us and engage in a game of peek-a-boo.
Upon waking the next morning, we strolled around a bit and I tried my hand a bit at some fishing but was unsuccessful. Late that morning we packed up and made our way down the trial. I was a bit nervous the whole time, because halfway hiking up a couple days prior, I had realized I didn't have my car key on me. All I could do was cross my fingers going back that my key was left in my car or we'd be struggling for a ride home. The other group was planning on hanging out for one more night, but a leader in that group did give us a key to their car in case we needed to use it for a jump should we find my battery dead from potentially leaving my key in the accessory mode.