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 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