It was a bit chilly (33 degrees) this early, so make sure to pack/wear warm enough gear. The peak can be approached from the south, too--its a longer hike, but offers the opportunity to clamber along the easy ridge between Mount Emmons and Kings Peak, featuring many 13,000 foot bumps. (801)524-3900. Terrain Parks. No rain or mud, no insects or unstable boulders, no horsesh*t or noisy gangs of scouts, just what kind of a "turture" is it? The trailhead starts at the Henry's Fork Campground. This is the standard route on Kings Peak and regardless on which approach you take (with the possible exception of the Uinta River Trail), the route begins at Anderson Pass. It’ll make for a long 2nd day, but that’s better than a long first day, where you’re exhausted and more clumsy while summiting. We made the mistake of hiking back to Dollar Lake to our camp and then hiking back to the trail head in the dark. King Crest Trail (Saddle Mtn to King Peak) Passable : There are several downed trees along trail . Not sure I would have summited without the painkillers. Kings Peak: 13,528 ft. If you are a beginner I would not recommend this hike. Stumbling along the trail from Elk Horn crossing to the parking lot was brutal especially with how totally spent we were and then having to use head lamps. Fun mountain all the same! I don't feel so dumb now- it may not have been there in that time frame. For those either disbelieving that Vancouver Island has "proper" mountains or looking for an introduction once willing to believe, a trip up King's Peak is a great place to start. There was crazy wind bursts at the top so be careful not to be blown off. West Fork Blacks Fork Trail to Dead Horse Lake, Lower Red Castle Lake via East Fork Smiths Fork, Dead Horse Lake via East Fork Blacks Fork Trail, Lower Red Castle To Upper Red Castle Lake, Bear River-Smiths Fork Trail: Blacks Forks Section, Lambert Lake via East Fork Blacks Fork Trail, Red Castle Lake and King's Peak Loop from China Meadows. Search for pages on the site. 10:30 car to car with two half hour stops one at the summit and one to help some hunters. Any of these lakes make a fine campsite. Open Lifts. From the pass, the trail continues down into Painter Basin which eventually heads up towards Kings Peak, and ends at the Uinta Highline Trail about 1.5 miles from Anderson Pass. I had a thin polyester sweater which I wore/removed as needed. TRAIL CONDITIONS. If you’re a little chilly when starting to hike, that’s perfect, because you’ll heat up quickly. There are several approaches to King's Peak, but Henry's Fork Trail is the most popular, and generally the most accessible. 414 turns west through the town and becomes route 410 at the west end of town. Passable A lower herd path allowed us to cut off a bit from the "official" trail junction, but down on the flats. From I-80 drive south on State Route 414 for 6 miles to Mountain View, WY. Peak Conditions; Welcome to the Peak Conditions pages where you can provide brief status updates to the 14ers.com community. Take exit 39 off Interstate 80 on Wyoming and turn south on State Route 414. I didn't sleep well at the trailhead and got a late start. Predicted wind at ~35 mph, and yeah it was rough, but doable with cold weather gear. After about 3 miles and 430 feet of elevation gain, you will intersect with the Alligator Lake trail that heads off to the right. I discovered this, after I had been there, when I saw a photo of it in the Highpointers magazine. Just before the gunsight pass (9.6 miles), we found a beautiful pond on the right side and we decided to camp there. No obstacles. (395), Climber's Log Entries Short cut No. Utah’s 13ers are not overly technical, but they usually require several days to summit due to their remoteness and their distance from the nearest road. But still, if one gets off trail, I don't think you can go wrong by simply hiking straight toward the north ridge (the right side of the huge mountain. Happy hiking, and thanks Matt for this page. The first column is accumulated snow if there is 5 inches or more there is usually snow all the way down to the trailhead. Most hikers camp at the lakes at the Upper end of Henrys Fork Basin. On the way down, instead of taking the ridge down to Anderson, we went straight down the summit. I hike purely in Vibram Five Fingers so it was a bit rocky but not really tough. I felt a little light headed when we first got to camp (around 9,400 ft), and made my summit on the 1st day harder. Basically flat. Camping is also available at any of the lakes on the flanks of the peak. View Trail Map Start Planning Your Trip to the Peak Today Plan Your Trip. This meadow is slow-going from the shortcut side, because there isn't a trail and thus running on the rocks becomes a danger. There is no trail for the last 0.8 mile. Continue down the hill and pass the Yellowstone Group Campground and Bridge Campground, crossing the river again back to its east side. Started around 2:30pm from Henry Fork Trailhead, the hike was very easy up to Dollar Lake(7.5 miles). CLOSED. It' s the forest service which is charged with removing registers from up there. This page was transferred to me by Bob Bolton. Terrain Parks. 3 / 9. Trails & Lifts. In response to guidance from the Tulare County Department of Public Health and for the health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are temporarily closed until further notice. It is certainly climbable any time of year however winter ascents will require skis, lots of warm clothing, a liberal dose of spare time and a love for self inflicted torture!" This time our group consisted of three dads, our 12 year old sons and my King Charles Cavalier Spaniel - great hike. A lovely pet, a nice couple. The USGS hadn't determined whether the current Kings Peak or South Kings Peak was the highest of the two summits prior to satellite measurements taken in 1966. Apparently one has to climb directly up from Gunsight Pass in order to stay above the cliff band and large talus slope. We totaled 29 miles, and expect it to feel like it. Up near the top going up there is not much of a trail, so you need to make your own, which isn't too hard. Do not proceed directly toward Anderson pass, this route looses to much altitude. You want them to be a minimum of 150 calories each. Conditions are unlikely to improve until fires are contained. When following the cairns spread out so as not to create a trail. On summit day, bring at least 7 of these. This KILLS your legs, but saves time. Please, if found, there is a reward. Not too cold. The Gear Junkie is back from Utah, where a weekend of crazy adventures climaxed at the summit of Utah's Kings Peak, the state's high point. June climbs may be plagued by softened snowfields. Drive south on this road for another nearly 3 miles to turn right on the road to Henry's Fork Campground and the trailhead. • Bring pain killers (Tylenol, Advil, etc.). At mile 9.9, just after the actual mile marker 10 at a stop sign, at the hamlet of Neola go straight towards Uintah Canyon. This trail starts at the Henrys Fork trailhead and goes past Dollar, near Henrys Fork Lake and over Gunsight Pass (11,891 feet). The Gu was extremely helpful – I used it twice and it really made a difference. We lost our cell phone near the summit on October 8th and David found it and hunted us down to return it. We took the shortcut and reached the base of the summit, from then on it is lot of scrambling, reached the summit at 1:00pm. Yellowstone Creek does form a narrow, deep gorge that you'll pass by through the trees which may make the boring hike a little more interesting. 360 view of multiple basins at the top is unbeatable. The winds at Anderson were reaching highs of 80 mph, and the air is very dry. We didn't follow the route while coming down, just came down the rocks and reached the main trail, it goes around a lot and so we took lot of shortcuts whenever possible, reached the camp around 5pm. It only accounts for ~1.5 mi of the total hike, but it took me 1-1.5 hrs to compete. Then hike out. The mountain was named after Clarence King, who was the first director of the US Geological Survey. Passable • Pack light, but don’t skimp. Pack light but be prepared for rain/snow. Low gradient trail with a few wet areas. It’s supposed to snow on the peak Sunday so don’t plan on this hike til 2021. Either way, the trail hits Gunsight Pass, where there is a large rock cairn and some great views into Painter Basin. Henry's Fork Trailhead Directions (These can be tricky - use my track as a destination): Take a lifestraw to enjoy all the mountain streams. Add Check-In. And it is certainly quite unwise to call skiing a "love of torture". It was a perfect day with just a bit of rain later on towards evening. I did not run any portion of the hike. The other photo is the rocky scree slope you'll need to climb to ascend Kings Peak. It’s cold and windy up top, so bring layers on summit day. then take Road 017, a gravel road, south about 12 miles to a fork, The east road, road 077 heads south about 5 miles to Henrys Fork. The route is well marked with cairns, although the trail is obvious. (6), Images Of course trip reports and picture captions, being more personal accounts, may be better places for jokes than mountain pages (which are generally written to provide useful information). Near the summit we lost our black Samsung Galaxy Note 8 phone. There are several downed trees along trail : Kinsey Ridge Trail . All Rights Reserved. Current Conditions. Please email us at timgorsuch@live.com. Generally the best conditions for climbing Kings Peak occur from June through September, depending on snow and weather conditions. Please don’t take the shortcut, extremely dangerous. I think the only reason it’s received the hard rating is because of the length. Due to heavy use the USFS has placed a no camping restriction within 1000' of both Dollar and Henry's Fork lakes. There are stone tent several shelters along the way by the show field. I wore a nylon long-sleeved shirt which worked great. 4.6 (8) ... Current Trail Conditions Update Conditions. North Emmons and Emmons are just off to the east, Routes Started at 4:10 AM from Henry's Fork Trailhead. Some of my favorite scenery I've ever hiked through. The standard hiking route is a 28.8 mile round trip trek, so the peak is usually climbed as part of a backpacking trip. The top was really windy, like 50+ mph the whole time from every direction. Some of the text below was written by Bob. It is located just under 3 miles from the trailhead, making it a potential first and last-night base camp if backpackers are willing to push it. King Crest Trail (Saddle Mtn to King Peak) Passable : There are several downed trees along trail . • Make sure your bottle is full either right before coming up Gunsight Pass, or shortly after crossing the face – streams become far less frequent after that. There is no trail, however, for the last 0.8 mile from Anderson Pass to the summit. Just skirt around the bottom of it for a mile or so until you reach Anderson’s pass and the base of King’s Peak. Most people were turning back and so did we. Rate Difficulty. This is a great campgroundwith access to great fishing, kayaking, and hikinghigh (9,420 feet in elevation) in the Uinta mountain range. I had a great visit regardless. I took this route in July 2017 and we were met with swampy conditions, which forced us to hike out, rendering the entire descent useless, as we could have stayed up high. It took us 16.5 hours total this time,including an hour at the summit. People say that you need to be super fit, and to an extent its true, and its not like some little mountain like Mount Mitchell in the Appalachians. The trail is rated as difficult and is primarily used for hiking, running, and backpacking. The register comes and goes. From the trailhead at 7800 feet elevation, follow the trail north along the Uinta River. Be aware that the USFS (as they should) are enforcing the no camping closer than 200' from trails or water sources. Incredible Hike. If you're coming from the east in Roosevelt, Utah, continue south through town on US Highway 40 / 191. And yes, people do use lamas as pack animals in this area. Thank You David Green! Turn left to hike down the road bed below a rock face. • Bring at least 10 different high-energy “snacks” of different types. The final assent to the peak requires a tiring scramble up about 800 feet of talus. Weather Forecast for Central Uinta Mountains. From 53-year old man in OK shape: Kings Canyon National Park remains open, but air quality advisory levels may be in the Unhealthy for All range for ozone and the Hazardous range for pm2.5. Good conditions today snow was almost all gone. 0 / 4. Amazing trail run. It’s very easy on the way up until gunsight pass. I did not take the shute back down but I wish I would have. To set the record straight, this peak was not named on the basis of its premier height. For climbers wanting to try this long hike, the best place to start is the Yellowstone/Swift Creek trailhead and make a huge loop out of the ridge. The trail heads in a Southerly direction on a gradual rise. From the upper Chain Lake, take the trail over Roberts Pass to the Lake Atwood Basin, and then over Trail Rider Pass to Painter Basin. That was a scramble itself as the trail quickly disappears and you boulder to the top. You can either continue straight up the Yellowstone Creek Trail for 17 uneventful miles to Anderson Pass. Continue contouring around the peak to the saddle finally joining the established trail from the south below Anderson pass. The Kings Peak hike can be found on Map 092F081. King's Peak Summit Trail Very Difficult. From Anderson Pass Scramble up the ridge south to the summit of Kings Peak. However I will also say that skiing is impossible ;), Oh, I understand that you were trying to be funny. Hiking the 10 miles to gunsight pass is all a super easy steepness. There is a short scramble through the a rock band which comes up to a high bench. Yellowstone Creek (Swift Creek) Trailhead. Go straight up the bottom of the little ravine and you'll save 10 minutes. From there, turn south and climb the north ridge of Kings Peak 1.5 miles to the summit. Kings Peak (Utah) Weather (Days 0-3): The weather forecast for Kings Peak (Utah) is: Mostly … It is the seventh highest of the U.S. State Highpoints and located approximately 42 miles north of Duchesne in the High Uintas Wilderness Area of the Ashley and Wasatch National Forests. Humor is appreciated. After Deer Lake, continue on the trail and after 0.75 miles, you will come to a junction. The scenery is second to none here. The trail levels in shady woods at a viewpoint over the big bowl between the two mountains. If you’re planning to do it in a day, make sure to get an early start. Or, if you are coming from the west in Duchene, turn north onto State Highway 87. If done right this is a 6.8 instead of 9 mile roundtrip and you avoid dropping and climbing 600' into the valley twice. A quarter-mile west of this town, turn right (north) onto 16,000 West and continue another 4 miles. The trail until gunsight is a pretty easy run. Jerky, granola bar, Stinger waffles, Gu, nuts, chocolate, gummi bears, fruit leather. Total hiking time was 9.5 hrs, and my total time (car to car) was 10.5 hrs. Take an Immodium AD before breakfast, so you don’t have to poop during the hike. Friday: Trailhead at 4:30 pm. Then drops down into the Upper Painter Basin about 2 miles to a trail junction. It's an easy hike all the way to Gunsight, and as has been noted by others, you can run this part. The first night, my 0 C sleeping bag with liner was a little too hot, second night it was just right. Have you sent it during the winter? I am very thankful to be able to adopt and continue to provide lots of information about this wonderful peak here on SummitPost. Anwyay we made it to the truck around 11:30 pm. Sit down, take off the pack, eat some food, drink, refill water bottle, if needed. After about 3.6 miles, you will reach a junction where you turn left and cross Sheep Bridge and onto the Chain Lakes Trail. So, a long tiring day, but it was worth it. Its really easy until Gunsight, and not a challenge. The scenery along the way is hard to beat as Henrys Fork, Painter Basin, Gilbert Peak, and Kings Peak create an endless array of some of the most picturesque mountain country in the nation. Mountain View WY 82939. I hiked gunsight and then scrambled up the face to the base of Kings. Winter Winter Summer Summer ~PEAK LOGO~ X. Both times have been as day hikes from Henry's Fork trailhead. Well, I guess another trip is warranted. TRAIL CONDITIONS Trails below about 8000′ are snow-free, with most areas at higher elevations also clearing steadily. I was caught passively hiking, and ended up lower than I needed to be for the summit. Choose Season All Season. Most junctions are marked with signs, but they are very hard to read in the dark. Passable : This trail is well-used and maintained. Over the hill, you'll be met with a meadow of rocks, which you'll need to cross in order to get to Anderson Pass, the last waypoint before the summit. Although there is a discernable trail to start the summit climb, it doesn't give you any hints. I ended up with 28.5 miles for the day on my watch. At 13,527 feet, Kings Peak is the roof of Utah standing above the incredibly remote and beautiful Uinta range. Continue on the main trail to Gunsight Pass and hike the ridge over Gunsight Pass Peak and continue down to Anderson Pass where the North Ridge Route of Kings Peak takes off. Great trail, great view, be very careful when climbing to the peak, everyone has only one life. • Take at least a liter of water and bring a filter system (Lifestraw, Sawyer Squeeze [I like the Sawyer], etc). Saves time pumping from the stream and weight of carrying the pump. Only the last couple miles are in the nice alpine meadows above treeline. Had a nice hiking trip with the Texan couple, D and W, and Harlie, he chased after me after separating at dollar lake camping ground junction, maybe he was reminding me, come back, this way. This trailhead is on the south side of the range and although not quite as scenic as the hike from Henry's Fork, it offers a very mellow hike up the long Yellowstone Creek Trail. It was meant as humerous and to be taken as as joke lol. Salt Lake City, UT 84128 Little John’s Jaunt. Aconcagua mountain itself has many routes, photos, and trip reports as children. It was smooth sailing to Gunsight Pass. Use your trekking pole(s) while training. After that it took me a minute to find the shortcut. We are monitoring our operations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and this page is updated as adjustments are made. The way down felt like it never ended it was miserable. It provides a fantastic peak-bagging adventure and endurance test as you will pass over seven 13ers if you complete the ridge. In Mountain View, we found out that our tire was flat, and our starter went out. 3) Leave basecamp early with light packs for the 8-hour summit day. It was true privilege to not only be the first on top that morning at 6:30, but to also see an awesome sunrise over these high Uintas! Conditions History. King's Peak has a trail to its summit and it is extremely demanding. 4 miles past the Bridge Campground, reach the Swift Creek Campground at the end of the road and park at the trailhead marked by a large sign. If your really up to it, go on over Gunsight pass into the basin on the other side. I kept one snack in my pocket, while hiking, so I could eat any time. It's sheer guesswork for the most part; sometimes you'll get lucky and see a footprint or a fellow trekker. All Grant Grove area trails can be accessed on foot, including the Kings Canyon VC to Grant Tree Trail, the Sunset Loop Trail, and the North Grove Loop Trail. I love this hike and will do it again next year, but may camp along the way or try it from the south. Current conditions, warnings and historical records Little John’s Jaunt. The hike is beautiful but expect crowds in July and August. ... King Richard’s Willy-Nilly. Had a great hike to summit on October 8, 2020. There are plenty of good camping spots 1-2 miles past the lake. At this point turn left (east) and cross via a log bridge. 8 / 26. Matt, may I add a correction re: "Generally the best conditions for climbing Kings Peak occur from June through September, depending on snow and weather conditions. Please, if you pack in, pack it out! They’re steep and scary looking, but you’ll get up them pretty quickly and save at least 1.5 miles of hiking each way. View Trail Map Start Planning Your Trip to the Peak Today Plan Your Trip. It has many wonderful photos of our adventures that are invaluable to us. Trail Map & Statistics Hours & Days of Operation ... Employment Weddings and Conferences Kings Hill Grille & Hole in the Wall Saloon What's Happening > Calendar of Events > Banked Slalom Press Releases Powder Alerts! Detailed hiking conditions reports for trails and mountain peaks throughout New England We did this over couple of days on Sep 26th and 27th 2020. Groomed Trails. Are crampons/ or snow shoes needed? At mile 22.2 turn left just after the bridge. This approach avoids the crowds of the Henry's Fork approach. Completed the peak early august 2016 and took the short cut route. From the top you'll have great views of the different valleys surrounding the peak. The boulder field to the peak is a major pain and is definitely the slowest going portion of the hike. The "standard" route takes you over Gunsight Pass, continues southeast on trail 068 until it hits trail 025, then you take a right (heading west on 025) up to Anderson Pass, then you climb Kings Peak's ridge to the summit. Overall a great experience. The National Park Service is working servicewide with federal, state, and local authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. . The King Range NCA encompasses 68,000 acres along 35 miles of California’s north coast. 3 / 9. The Gear Junkie is back from Utah, where a weekend of crazy adventures climaxed at the summit of Utah's Kings Peak, the state's high point. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Just completed my second ascent of King's Peak (Labor Day 2013 / August 27, 2016). There is a small pond approx. When you are at gunsight, there are two options: Descend into painters basin and around the hill, or the fast way OVER the hill. You can then fill the bottle with stream water and then use the filter on your water bottle. For example, theAconcagua mountain page has the 'Aconcagua Group' and the 'Seven Summits' asparents and is a parent itself to many routes, photos, and Trip Reports. • Camp close to a water source (Dollar Lake has some good water sources, and you’ll cross two small streams close to each other right before you get to Dollar Lake area, which has great camping spots in the trees on both sides of the trail) You'll be climbing up the steep snow covered scree slope to the col to climbers left. At this point turn onto Uinta County road 283 (Forest Road 072) and continue south towards Grahams Reservoir and Bridger Lake for another 12 miles. ... Storm King Peak "East Trinity" "South Windom" Grizzly Peak B Pilot Knob A "T 0" "Animas Forks Mountain" Pole Creek Mountain Silver Mountain A La Garita Peak Springtime skiing typically has mild temperatures, and in good conditions, glide back from the upper basins to the trailhead may take mere couple hours and little effort, making daytrips to the peak a cherished tradition. ... King Richard’s Willy-Nilly. This is a incredibly long hike plan on doing it in 2 to three days. We also utilized the 'short cut' after Gun sight Pass to cut some distance and to avoid losing elevation. At 4:40 I popped out of the tent and headed up, using both a headlamp and flashlight to make my way to the north ridge (Anderson's Pass area). It is so incredible. Is it permitted by USFS? From the intersection of Highway 121 and Highway 40 in the town of Roosevelt in the Uinta Basin, drive west on 200 North (Highway 121). Stay on Highway 121 as it quickly bends to the north. I've done summer/fall ascensions but never a winter one and I'll be in Utah this December (26-28) and plan on attempting it. The trail has a gradual slope for the first three miles, with an elevation change of just over 400 feet. Go 6 miles to Mountain View, WY where route 414 turns west through Mountain View and becomes Route 410 as the road turns south at the west end of town. Bikes aren't allowed on that trail, as it enters a wilderness area very quickly and wheeled vehicles aren't permitted in wilderness areas. Headlamp w extra batteries and water filter are crucial. https://friendsofkingspeak.weebly.com/current-conditions.html Me and him probably could've done it in 11 hours, but we had to wait for people in our group. I guess the latest plaque actually has been approved, but by a wrong office of the FS, so it had to go in the end. Aconcagua mountain page is a child of the 'Aconcagua Group' and the 'Seven Summits.' At the top, it was extremely windy. Saturday: Leave dollar lake ~9 am. You've reached the top of the col. Head around West Gunsight Peak and then up the summit ridge to the top of Kings Peak. The Kings to Emmons ridge-run is arguably the highest sustained ridge-crest in the entire Rocky Mountain chain outside of Colorado. This trailhead is also on the south side of the range and provides a longer, more scenic approach than the Yellowstone Creek route. It was pretty crowded and so we decided to go further ahead to camp. For those either disbelieving that Vancouver Island has "proper" mountains or looking for an introduction once willing to believe, a trip up King's Peak is a great place to start. In addition to speaking with a very frustrated USFS Ranger who was cleaing campsites, there is a lot of trash in the area. If you are not young and strong enough, take the above comment (10.5 hr round trip) carefully when planning your hiking. Plus, you’re not as exhausted and can enjoy some down time. Has anyone ridden a mountain bike the majority of the way to Gunsight pass? Follow State Highway 134 (21,000 West) north to the little town of Mountain Home. I drank a Powerade and 2 bottles of water, and did not filter at all. High near 9. Awesome day hike, not to be missed. When we finally reached Anderson Pass there was snow and icy wind blowing as well as black clouds everywhere. It is certainly climbable any time of year however mid-winter ascents will require skis, lots of warm clothing, a liberal dose of spare time and a love for sub-zero temperatures and hurricane force winds! Got back to Henry's Fork trailhead by 16:30 on 9/3, so a 12-hour day of being on the move, but well worth it. • Train by doing long hikes with heavy packs. After crossing continue heading in a southerly direction for another couple miles where you reach Dollar Lake. The route passes through many spectacular and beautiful alpine meadows full of wildflowers. © 2006-2020 SummitPost.org. You could follow the trail all the way to Anderson Pass, but the shortest way is to climb the east face of Kings directly and moot the north ridge. Hiking up to the King's Peak summit from the ocean will give you just over 4000 feet of relief ;-) If you choose to hike along the Lost Coast Trail, it is important to consider the tides as certain portions of the trail will become impassable during high tide. (16), Additions & Corrections The way down is rough, but we made it worse by foregoing Anderson Pass and just getting down the steep side that empties into the rock field/meadow. It is a beautiful and steady climb. This is a good spot to camp or you can continue on and setup camp closer to Gunsight Pass. For the complete list of Ultras, see this page. Said 0.1" of rain at low elevations (11,000') and 0.8" of snow at 13,000' Seemed to rain and snow way more. Henry's Fork trailhead on the afternoon of 9/2 (Labor Day weekend) was packed to the gills. From Gun site pass take trail to west along ridge. It is one of 57 so-called "Ultra" prominence peaks, those with more than 5,000 feet of prominence. There may be a sign in register. King's Peak Utah Henry's Fork Trail is a 26.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Altonah, Utah that features a lake and is rated as difficult. This made the hike SOOO much less painful. Right after summit we had a rough amount of snow/wind. Duration. 8 / 26. Very impressed by anyone who can do it in under 10. Continue on 20,780 West for 4 miles, heading down the hill and turning right onto a short road which crosses the Lake Fork River. • When going up Gunsight pass, you might consider going directly up the face and not taking the switch back trail to your right. CLOSED. The 4th Chain Lake is 1.8 miles beyond at 10,900 feet elevation. 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