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)
552915 E 4514117 N, Zone 12 (UTM)
CountryUnited States
State/ProvinceUtah (Highest Point)
County/Second Level RegionDuchesne (Highest Point)

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Lists that contain Kings Peak:
     Contiguous 48 U.S. State High Points (Rank #5)
     U.S. State High Points (Rank #7)
     United States State/Territory High Points (Rank #7)
     USA Lower 48 Range3 High Points (Rank #6)
     USA Lower 48 Peaks with 100 miles of Isolation (Rank #16)
     5000 foot Prominence CoHPs - 48 States (Rank #10)
     USA Lower 48 Peaks with 5000 feet of Prominence (Rank #19)
     Most Prominent Peaks of the U.S. States (Rank #9)
     EPIC List - States of the USA (Rank #7)
     Most Isolated Peaks of the U.S. States (Rank #17)
     5000 foot Prominence CoHPs (Rank #16)
     Combined USA-Canada-Mexico State/Province High Points (Rank #15)
     U.S. County High Points over 13,000 feet - 48 States (Rank #35)
     USA Lower 48 Top 100 Peaks by Prominence (Rank #19)
     United States Peaks with 100 miles of Isolation (Rank #34)
     USA Peaks with 6000 feet of Prominence (Rank #48)
     Fifty Highest CoHPs in Lower 48 (Rank #30)
     U.S. County High Points over 13,000 feet (Rank #42)
     USA Lower 48 Range4 High Points (Rank #14)
     Fifty Highest CoHPs (Rank #37)
     Utah County High Points (Rank #1)
     Utah Peaks with 25 miles of Isolation (Rank #1)
     Utah County Prominence Peaks (Rank #1)
     Utah Peaks with 2000 feet of Prominence (Rank #1)
     Utah Wilderness High Points (Rank #1)
     Utah 13,000-foot Peaks (Rank #1)
     Utah Peaks with 1000 feet of Prominence (Rank #1)
     Utah 12,000-foot Peaks (Rank #1)
(Peak is on over 20 lists; Not all shown here.)

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)
       Highpoint Adventures: The Complete Guide to the 50 State Highpoints (Winger)
       Hiking Utah’s County High Points (Baker)

Ascent Info

Total ascents/attempts logged by registered users: 903
     Show all viewable ascents/attempts (Total: 832)

Selected Trip Reports:
     1989-05-19 by Greg Slayden (GPS Track)
     2003 by Jaron Harker
     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
     2014-08-22 by Dave Dunham
     2014-09-13 by Richard Mclellan (GPS Track)
     2015-07-12 by Ken Curtis
     2015-08-06 by Ben Stokes (GPS Track)
     2016-07-02 by Mihai Giurgiulescu (GPS Track)
     2016-07-04 by Mihai Giurgiulescu (GPS Track)
     2016-07-28 by Alan Barber
     2017-08-05 by Bradley R (GPS Track)
     2017-08-05 by Mike Zampino
     2017-08-12 by Ryan Turner (GPS Track)
     2018-07-12 by Brian Hutchins
     2018-08-16 by Joe Merlone
     2018-08-25 by Sam Grant (GPS Track)
     2019-08-02 by Dan Robrecht
     2019-08-11 by David Darby (GPS Track)
     2019-08-21 by Oliver Staley (Unsuccessful)
     2019-09-27 by Jacob Swary (GPS Track)
     2020-06-28 by James Mack (GPS Track)
     2020-07-26 by Evan L
     2020-07-27 by Mark Smith
     2020-08-24 by Dennis Stewart
     2020-08-28 by Rebecca Peterson
     2020-09-05 by David Keltgen (GPS Track)
     2020-09-26 by Karli Wilson (GPS Track)
     2021-08-21 by Kimball Leavitt
     2021-09-05 by Josh Super
     2022-07-30 by Gustav Sexauer
     2022-09-03 by Keaton Reed

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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
IsolationIsolation Page  (Detailed isolation information)
   Distance: 166.55 mi/268.04 km
   Isolation Limit Point: 43.122715, -109.617452
Nearest Higher Neighbor in the PBC database:
    Fremont Peak  (NNE)
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-Central America/Mexico
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
Data Source1:25,000 (or larger) Topographic Survey Map
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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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On the trail to Kings Peak (2015-09-23). Photo by Serguei Okountsev.
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South Kings Peak summit (with cairn, post and USGS benchmark) looking NNE towards Kings Peak (2012-08-29). Photo by Peter Stone.
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Kings Peak, UT Photo by Wayne Wight.
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A view with Kings peak visible in the saddle just behind Gunsight. This picture was taken about 3 miles from Gunsight Pass. (2020-08-28). Photo by Rebecca Peterson.
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King's Peak summit, 8-23-22 (2022-08-23). Photo by Jason Crane.
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