Friends of Kings Peak is funding another Wilderness intern for 2014 to work with visitors to the Henry's Fork Kings Peak area.
Friends of Kings Peak has worked closely with the Uinta Wasatch Cache National Forest to improve funding. FKP is happy to say for 2013 the forest was able to hire a seasonal horse packer position. Eric Szumlas, FKP's wilderness intern spent 10 weeks in the Henry's Fork basin talking to users and picking up trash. We removed 165 pounds of trash this summer, so there is still much work to do in this area.
Friends of Kings Peak is also working to fund a 8 day work crew to clarify trails in the upper Painter Basin area. This is the spot where hikers are missing the established Forest Service trails attempting to short cut the return from the summit of Kings. The work crew will rebuild cairns marking the FS trails and reallign a critical trail intersection so it is easliy seen by hikers in the basin. FKPs goal of no search and rescues in the Kings Peak area will be greatly enhanced by this project.
We are also striving to increase the amount and quality of volunteerism in the area. Thanks to this, we will enable users of these areas to have a much more natural and wild experince. It will also decrease the frequency of search and rescue operations in the Kings Peak area.