Kings Peak (Utah)
Close-up of Kings Peak as seen from the Henry's Fork Basin. Kings Peak is on the right, with Gunsight Pass on the left.
|Elevation||13,534 ft (4,125 m) NAVD 88|
|Prominence||6,348 ft (1,935 m)|
U.S. state high point
|Location||Duchesne County, Utah, U.S.|
|Topo map||USGS King's Peak|
Kings Peak is the highest peak in the U.S. state of Utah, with an elevation of 13,528 feet (4,123 m). It lies just south of the spine of the central Uinta Mountains, in the Ashley National Forest in northeastern Utah, in north-central Duchesne County. It lies within the bounds of the High Uintas Wilderness. The peak is approximately 79 miles (127 km) due east of central Salt Lake City, and 45 miles (72 km) due north of the town of Duchesne.
There are three popular routes to the summit; a scramble up the east slope, a hike up the northern ridge, and a long but relatively easy hike up the southern slope. The peak was named for Clarence King, a surveyor in the area and the first director of the United States Geological Survey. Kings Peak is generally regarded as the hardest state highpoint which can be climbed without specialist rock climbing skills and/or guiding. The easiest route requires a 32 plus mile hike, much of it over boulder fields.
- Michael R. Kelsey, Utah Mountaineering Guide (Kelsey Publishing, 1983) pp. 94–95