This last weekend, July 26 and 27 2014, Jake, Michelle, and I (Tyler) went on a short overnight trip to Amethyst Lake in the Uintas. We chose the trip because the trail-head is very close to Salt Lake City and was a good distance for a 1 night trip. It was also Michelle’s first time backpacking, so we wanted to take her somewhere where we kind of knew the area and knew the hike wasn’t going to be too hard (I did this trip about 3 years ago and loved it). She had a great time, and will hopefully continue to backpack!
So we did 2 Kings Peak trips recently. The 2nd happens to be the highest peak in Utah at 13,528 ft. It’s in the Uintas Range, a personal favorite of mine, and we had a great, quick 2 day weekend trip to the top. We did the trip with Matt, Dani, Cole, and Ava and it was a great group to put some long miles in with.
We started the trip on Friday, The 4th of July, and hiked about 8 miles deep into the Uintas to find a camp spot for the night. We left Salt Lake City early that morning and drove a quick few hours to the Henry’s Fork Trailhead. The hiking was easy with little elevation change and a lot of water. The weather was interesting and became quite stormy as we neared King’s Peak. We found a pretty awesome campsite off the trail and next to a stream and set up camp for the night. We spent the better half of the afternoon hiding from the intermittent rainstorms, which we hear are quite common in the area, and had a great relaxing afternoon and dinner.
Now, after the first couple of days, I would have titled this post “Beautiful Scenery, and Things That Will Kill You,” but the trip got significantly more safe and comfortable as the days progressed. On June 18 we started our 5 day trek through the Lost Coast in Northern California that’s in the Kings Range National Conservation Area. We did not do the very popular coastal hike from Mattole to Shelter Cove, which is a 25 mile stretch of purely hiking along the water, mostly because we’re cheap and $200 for a shuttle was a little out there. Instead we did a 21 mile loop (ended up being closer to 30) starting at the Saddle Mountain Trailhead. On the map below, we followed the red trail from the Saddle Mtn Trailhead, to the top of Kings Peak, the highest peak in the range at 4,088ft, then to Miller Camp for the first night. We then went down Rattlesnake Ridge to Miller Flat for the next 2 nights, then hiked along the coast to Buck Creek for the 4th night. On the 5th day we hiked along a gruelingly steep trail up Buck Creek and back to the Saddle Mtn Trailhead. The red stars are were we camped. Continue reading