I had all of Thursday off so I figured I better try to do something that would make me uncomfortable. Mission accomplished.
While chatting with one of my coworkers last week she mentioned that she ran Kings Peak on her day off. She said it was beautiful and highly recommended. Since I had never been and it fit my idea of a long day, I went. I wanted to run hard and had a few goal splits going in. 1:30 for the first 10 miles, under 2:30 to the summit, and 4:30 round trip. I knew this would be a little fast but decided to try anyway.
I made decent time to Gunsight pass 1:40. From there I intended to head directly to Anderson Pass via a boulder hopping short cut. I heard this trail breaks off to the hikers right about 600 meters past Gunsight, so that's what I did. By the time I had run downhill for 5-10 mins I realized I was not on the shortcut, instead, I was on a connector that met up with the standard trail leading into Painter Basin. The shorter trail breaks off to the right about 20 feet after you crest the pass, not 600m. Now I know. The longer way added about a mile and was the start of hard afternoon.
|View into Painter Basin|
|From the Summit|
Car to Car: 5:05
Distance: 27.3 miles
Food Carried: 3 L gatorade (Why so much? 3 L is heavy!), 10 gels, 1 pack juicy oozers
Food still in the bag: 1.5 liters gatorade, 4 gels, 1 pack juicy oozers
SLC to SLC: 10:15