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Kings Peak Utah

Camp in the meadow near Dollar Lake.

I unzip the tent door and am dazzled by the light. Big snow flakes drop out of the sky. After yesterday’s blue-sky trek, the wintry scene makes me feel like I’ve been transported somewhere far away. As my friends and I eat breakfast, the wind picks up, sending ripples through the deep blue water of Dollar Lake and tearing some clouds off Kings Peak’s face, as if to summon us to the top. We lace up our boots. Who are we to pass up an audience with a royal?

Turn-by-Turn from the Henry’s Fork Trailhead

1) Head 5.5 miles up well-maintained Henry’s Fork Trail with occasional glimpses of the rushing Henry’s Fork stream to the left, ultimately crossing it over a log bridge.

2) Go left and after 2.1 miles set up camp, just past Dollar Lake. Keep an eye out for suddenly rare tall trees to hang your bear bag.

3) Leave basecamp early with light packs for the 8-hour summit day. It’s 4 miles up to Gunsight Pass before a short descent into Painter Basin.

4) In Painter Basin, keep right at the fork on the High Line Trail to close out 3.5 miles up to Anderson Pass.

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