Kings Peak (Utah)

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Kings Peak
Kings Peak Close Up.jpg
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.
Highest point
Elevation 13,534 ft (4,125 m)  NAVD 88[2]
Prominence 6,348 ft (1,935 m) [2]
Coordinates 40°46′35″N 110°22′22″W / 40.7763818°N 110.3728151°W / 40.7763818; -110.3728151Coordinates: 40°46′35″N 110°22′22″W / 40.7763818°N 110.3728151°W / 40.7763818; -110.3728151[3]
Kings Peak is located in Utah
Kings Peak
Kings Peak
Location in Utah
Location Duchesne County, Utah, U.S.
Parent range Uinta Mountains
Topo map USGS King's Peak
Easiest route Hike

Kings Peak is the highest peak in the U.S. state of Utah,[4] with an elevation of 13,534 feet (4,125 m)  NAVD 88.[2] 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 boundaries 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.[5] 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 29 mile round trip hike.

Henry's Fork Basin to the north is criss-crossed with hiking trails. Kings Peak is the peak in the distance, with Anderson pass to the right and West Gunsight behind the sign

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  1. ^ "Utah County High Points". Retrieved 2016-04-23. 
  2. ^ a b c "Kings Peak, Utah". Retrieved 2009-12-27. 
  3. ^ "Kings Peak". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-12-27. 
  4. ^ "Elevations and Distances in the United States". United States Geological Survey. 29 Apr 2005. Retrieved 29 Mar 2009. 
  5. ^ Van Atta, Dale (Jan 22, 1977). "You name it - there's a town for it". The Deseret News. pp. W6. Retrieved 2015-10-18. 
  • Michael R. Kelsey, Utah Mountaineering Guide (Kelsey Publishing, 1983) pp. 94–95

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