Kings Peak Trail

Evanston, Utah

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As you probably know, Kings Peak is the highest point in Utah, and as you might imagine, this hike is a very popular one. According to Forest Service estimates the Henrys Fork Basin receives about 5,000 visitors annually. Many come for the express purpose of climbing Utah’s highest mountain, but many more come just to enjoy the abundant scenic beauty of the area and perhaps do a little fishing in the basin’s half dozen lakes. Late summer is the most popular time to visit Henrys Fork, but some visitors also enjoy cross country skiing in the basin in the winter months. Henrys Fork Trailhead is one of the few trailheads on the north slope of the High Uintas that is accessible all year round. Although the climb to the top of Kings Peak is very strenuous it is not technically difficult, and about the only requisite for the trip is good physical condition.
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by David Day (Rincon Publishing)

As you probably know, Kings Peak is the highest point in Utah, and as you might imagine, this hike is a very popular one. According to Forest Service estimates the Henrys Fork Basin receives about 5,000 visitors annually. Many come for the express purpose of climbing Utah’s highest mountain, but many more come just to enjoy the abundant scenic beauty of the area and perhaps do a little fishing in the basin’s half dozen lakes.

Late summer is the most popular time to visit Henrys Fork, but some visitors also enjoy cross country skiing in the basin in the winter months. Henrys Fork Trailhead is one of the few trailheads on the north slope of the High Uintas that is accessible all year round. Although the climb to the top of Kings Peak is very strenuous it is not technically difficult, and about the only requisite for the trip is good physical condition.

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Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Evanston
Distance: 31.2
Elevation Gain: 5,080 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 23 hours
Season: Midsummer through mid-fall
Trailhead Elevation: 9,430 feet
Top Elevation: 13,528 feet
Local Contacts: Evanston Ranger District, Wasatch-Cache National Forest, High Uintas Wilderness Area
Local Maps: Gilbert Peak (USGS), Brdger Lake (USGS), Mount Powell (USGS), and Kings Peak (USGS)
Driving Directions: Directions to Kings Peak Trail

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