Kings Peak

Kamas, Utah 84036

Kings Peak

Kings Peak Professional Review and Guide

"As the highest peak in Utah at 13,528 feet, Kings Peak receives much attention. A long, hard hike demanding at least one night for most people, if not two nights.

It rewards with backcountry beauty, lush alpine meadows, the graceful whisper of tall pines, and the feeling of being on top of the world—or at least the state. Although there are different routes to the top, this is the traditional, shortest trail followed by thousands of summit hopefuls every year."

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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."

"A multiday backpack to Utah’s highest peak—13,528-foot Kings Peak. Along the way you’ll enjoy emerald green Henrys Fork Basin and a dozen lakes below 13,000-foot peaks. Many hikers just have to scale the highest peak around.

In Utah that means 13,528-foot Kings Peak, a rocky spire in the eastern half of the High Uintas Wilderness. What makes Kings Peak such a fine backpack is not only the exciting scramble to the summit, but also the beautiful alpine terrain and trout fishing along the way."

Kings Peak Reviews

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7/25/2018
An excellent backpacking trip--take your time and make it a 2 to 3 day trip. Some ambitious folks do it in one day but that seems pretty brutal. We hiked in to Dollar Lake the first night and it was a fairly easy trip. The following morning we headed to Gunsight, and there's lots of rock and boulder scrambling. There is great camping in the valley after Gunsight Pass. The ascent to Anderson pass is very steep and definitely tough, but the views once you get to the summit of Kings Peak are amazing!
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8/22/2009
Ran to the summit and back in 7 hours. Don't cheat yourself out of a wonderful experience by being slow, out of shape, and unable to get back to your family to get chores done after this wonderful run. Ouch! If you can't tell, I regard the Wingers' editorializing to be pathetic. It would be tolerable if they were competent, but they have given bad instructions to the trailhead, and also mislabeled one of the photos in the book as being of Gunsight Pass when it is not (it is actually a very dangerous pass that the FS does not want people to use). Use one of the other guides on Trails.com; this one is a loser. As for the hike, it is grand, but the traverse from Gunsight to Anderson is NASTY, with lots of loose rock and a couple of Class 3 moves. If you want a nice stroll, stay on the trails.
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9/9/2007
We did a 4-day trip- took our sweet time... it was awesome! Tons of streams for water, lots of cool campsites just off the trail. It's pretty long but mellow 28mi. excluding the boulder crawl up to the summit. The walk out on the last day seemed the longest and most tiring somehow! If your considering it- do it, you'll be stoked.
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8/24/2006
The trail isn't to challenging but it does seem very long to get to dollar lake and also the return trip home. The climb to the top of Kings Peak from Dollar Lake is quiet challenging and be sure to leave yourself plenty of time. All in all it is a great hike with great scenary.
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8/16/2006
Great trip! Utah's Highpoint! Hiked in to near Dollar Lake the first evening. Great camp sights, plenty of water. The next day on up to high camp near Gunsight lake, camped near a small pond just north of the pass at over 11,000 feet. Moose are abundant in the Henry's Fork drainage. We saw bull moose every day of our trip. Three Bulls sere feeding behing our camp most of the morning of the second day. The third day was summit day. Up over Gunsight Pass early in the morning. On the advise of people we met, we optted for the cut off trail, .6 miles south of Gunsight Pass, saving an hour or two of hiking through Painter Basin on our way to Anderson Pass (12,000). From Anderson Pass its about 1 mile of bolder hoping and scrambling (fun but tedious) to the summit of Kings Peak (the highest in Utah), views of lakes, peaks and tundra in all directions. Be aware that King's Peak is a very popular destination, and during July and August you will meet a string of people going and coming. Off we go back to our camp at Gunsight to move it down a mile or two to shorten the trip out (more moose)the next day. The final day was a nice stroll back to the trailhead and ice cold beer (the new cooler technology is awesome)! Then back to Mountain View, Wyoming to celebrate at the Cowboy Bar (thanks Guy)! Total mileage clocked in at over 35 miles.
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8/14/2006
Saw many moose, all quite curious and oblivious to our presence. The last morning of the trip 5 moose (4 bulls and a cow) came into our camp at Dollar Lake. Caught (and released) cuthroat trout at Henrys Fork Lake inlet. Very glad we went early in the week (Mon-Thurs). On our hike out passed nearly 100 persons packing in for the weekend, including 2 scout troups. Hike to Kings was a long (8 hour) day of hiking from our camp at Dollar Lake. Came down a loose rock field below Anderson Pass. Steep and did not save any time. Mid-August nights in mid 40's. Some rain each day, even if just a quick passing storm.
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8/29/2002
The High Uinta Wildrness is an amazing area. Lakes everywhere, and trails that meander along stream banks and along ridgelines. Kings Peak is the center piece of the entire area. The trail from Henry's Fork see an abundance of traffic, and when we arrived there were more than 50 cars parked there. Despite the crowds solitude can be found by avoiding the high use areas (i.e. Dollar Lake). The hike to the top of Kings is a boulder hop below a ridgeline. I would strongly suggest sturdy soled shoes, and following the use trail that avoids Painter Basin.
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Trail Information

Kamas
Nearby City
29
Distance
4,100 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
2-4 days
Duration
Summer-fall
Season
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Evanston–Mountain View Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Kings Peak, Gilbert Peak NE
Local Maps

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Nov 2018