Kings Peak, Utah

Prominence: 6348 ft, 1935 m

Elevation: 13,528 feet, 4123 meters

True Isolation: 166.55 mi, 268.04 km
Elevation Info:NAVD88 Elevation: 13,534 ft / 4125 m
Latitude/Longitude (WGS84)40° 46' 35'' N; 110° 22' 23'' W
40.776327, -110.372933 (Dec Deg)
552915E 4514117N Zone 12 (UTM)
CountryUnited States
State/ProvinceUtah (Highest Point)
County/Second Level RegionDuchesne (Highest Point)

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     Kings Peak at Trip Report for Duchesne, UT by David Olson Trip Report for Duchesne, UT by Sowby Summit Team Trip Report for Duchesne, UT by Jennifer and Gerry Roach Trip Report for Duchesne, UT by Kevin Baker Trip Report for Duchesne, UT by Dave Covill Trip Report for Duchesne, UT by Theresa Gergen Trip Report for Duchesne, UT by Roy Wallen Trip Report for Duchesne, UT by Lanny Wexler

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Lists that contain Kings Peak:
     USA Lower 48 Top 400 Peaks by Prominence (Rank #19)
     USA Lower 48 Range5 High Points (Rank #31)
     USA/Canada Range4 High Points (Rank #21)
     USA Lower 48 Peaks with 4000 feet of Prominence (Rank #19)
     USA Lower 48 Peaks with 100 miles of Isolation (Rank #15)
     Utah County High Points (Rank #1)
     Western Contiguous USA CoHPs (Rank #35)
     Western USA CoHPs (Rank #42)
     Most Isolated Peaks of the U.S. States (Rank #16)
     USA Lower 48 Range4 High Points (Rank #14)
     United States State High Points (plus DC) (Rank #7)
     USA Lower 48 Top 100 Peaks by Prominence (Rank #19)
     2000-foot Prominence CoHPs - 48 States (Rank #19)
     Utah Wilderness High Points (Rank #1)
     U.S. State High Points (Rank #7)
     Utah 13,000-foot Peaks (Rank #1)
     Western USA Peaks with 25 miles of Isolation (Rank #8)
     U.S. County High Points over 13,000 feet - 48 States (Rank #35)
     Utah Peaks with 2000 feet of Prominence (Rank #1)
     Utah 12,000-foot Peaks (Rank #1)
     Utah County Prominence Peaks (Rank #1)
     Utah Peaks with 25 miles of Isolation (Rank #1)
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Selected Guidebook(s) for this Peak:
       High in Utah: A Hiking Guide to the Tallest Peak in Each of the State's Twenty-Nine Counties (Weibel)
       Fifty State Summits, Guide with Maps to State Highpoints (Zumwalt)
       Highpoints of the United States: A Guide to the Fifty State Summits (Holmes)
       Utah Thirteeners (Rose)

Selected Trip Reports from this site:
     1989-05-19 by Greg Slayden (GPS Track)
     2003 by Jaron Harker
     2003-08-12 by Ben Lostracco
     2008-08-08 by Lane Johnson
     2010-08-13 by Anthony Wilkinson
     2010-09-05 by Jared A
     2011-08-11 by William Musser
     2012-07-13 by Dave Dunham (Unsuccessful)
     2012-08-11 by Josey Coleman (Unsuccessful)
     2012-08-22 by Brian Friedrich
     2012-08-29 by Peter Stone
     2013-05-23 by Patrick Bergeron (Unsuccessful)
     2013-07-16 by Rob Woodall (GPS Track)
     2013-08-06 by Tye Scott
     2013-09-03 by David Odenwalder
     2013-09-07 by Walter Blume (GPS Track)
     2014-08-22 by Dave Dunham
     2014-08-26 by Martin Ralya (Unsuccessful)
     2014-10-24 by Curtis Bowden
     2015-07-12 by Ken Curtis

View ascents of peak by registered members (294 total)

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Kings Peak is a classic Western U.S. state high point: over 13,000 feet high; not quite a climb but a rough scramble nevertheless; somewhat remote and set among beautiful backpacking country; and named after a now-obscure surveyor (Clarence King, in this case). Like other state high points, it is a popular ascent.

The Uinta Mountains claim to fame is it's the highest and most important (not the only) range in the 48 states running east-west. However, it should be more famous for offering perhaps the nicest wilderness country in the Rockies. Trailheads are reached at the end of long, dusty roads, and a huge wilderness area of layer-cake sedimentary mountains, flat alpine meadows, pristine lakes, and easy summits offers better than average solitude. Kings Peak is a good 12 miles from the nearest road, in the heart of the Uintas, and most parites will want to camp out, not just to avoid a greulling dayhike, but to relax and enjoy the backcountry a bit.

Kings Peak lies just south of the main east-west crest of the Uintas, the high point of a subsidiary ridge running southeast from the crest towards Mount Emmons. The west slopes are pretty steep and cliffy, but approaching from the east, or either the north or south ridges, is just scrambling.

Climbing Notes:

Although located south of the Uinta divide, Kings Peak is usually approached from the north. From the Henry's Fork campground, accessed by a dusty gravel road from Lonetree, Wyoming, a trail leads south and up into Henry Fork Basin, a beautiful alpine bowl studded with small lakes and stands of trees. Kings Peak, looking like a shark's tooth, pokes its head above and between two unnamed summits in the basin's south wall. Most parties camp in the basin, then cross the divide at Gunsight Pass, descend a bit, traverse west, and climb Kings Peak by either the east face or the north ridge.

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. The Swift Creek Trail and Basin, north of Mountain Home, Utah, are probably the best approach for this route.

Kings Peak is the furthest snow-covered bump in the center skyline in this picture taken in Henry's Fork Basin in spring (1989-05-19).
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ProminenceKey Col Page  (Detailed prominence information)
  Clean Prominence: 6348 ft/1935 m
  Optimistic Prominence: 6368 ft/1941 m
  Line Parent: Gannett Peak
  Key Col: 7180 ft/2188 m
Isolation166.55 mi/268.04 km
Nearest Higher Neighbor in the PBC database:
    Fremont Peak  (NNE)
Isolation Limit Point: 43° 7' 22'' N; 109° 37' 3'' W
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RangesContinent: North America
Range2: Rocky Mountains
Range3: Western Rocky Mountains (Highest Point)
Range4: Uinta Range (Highest Point)
Range5: Central Uinta Range (Highest Point)
Drainage BasinsGreen
Gulf of California
Pacific Ocean
OwnershipLand: Ashley National Forest (Highest Point)
Wilderness/Special Area: High Uintas Wilderness Area (Highest Point)
Topo MapKings Peak O40110g3 1:24,000
Route #1 Scramble: Henrys Fork Basin/East Ridge
Trailhead: 9440 ft/2877 m
Vertical Gain: 4088 ft/1246 m
Distance (one way): 12 mi/19.31 km
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The pinnacle formation just before the summit of Kings Peak makes for nice views and photos (2011-08-11). Photo by William Musser.
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Ken on the Summit of Kings Peak (07-12-15) (2015-07-12). Photo by Ken Curtis.
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