Summit County - Gilbert Peak

Evanston, Wyoming

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There is a certain magic to climbing 13,528-foot Kings Peak, the tallest point in Utah. But 13,442-foot Gilbert Peak—the highest point in Summit County and the second tallest in Utah—sits 3.5 miles northeast of King’s. With no trail and little notoriety, it gets largely ignored. Lee Wickel, who worked eight summers as a USDA Forest Service wilderness ranger, hiked to the cairn-marked summit of Gilbert Peak four times. Once, he saw no one. On another occasion, he was greeted by a troop of 40 girls. Like most hikers who make the trek, the false summits leading to the top proved a mild irritant to the ranger. “It seems like you go on forever and like you’re never going to get to the top,” he said. “Gilbert is massive. Its base is massive and the top is so much more massive than Kings Peak. It’s formidable. You see boulders that are the size of trucks. It’s not nearly as fragmented as Kings Peak.” From the summit, hikers look down on Gunsight Peak and can see much of the Henry’s Fork Basin. They look across to Kings Peak and down on the Atwood Basin, where Atwood Lake, the largest lake in the High Uintas Wilderness Area, is located.

Summit County - Gilbert Peak Professional Review and Guide

"There is a certain magic to climbing 13,528-foot Kings Peak, the tallest point in Utah. But 13,442-foot Gilbert Peak—the highest point in Summit County and the second tallest in Utah—sits 3.5 miles northeast of King’s. With no trail and little notoriety, it gets largely ignored. Lee Wickel, who worked eight summers as a USDA Forest Service wilderness ranger, hiked to the cairn-marked summit of Gilbert Peak four times. Once, he saw no one. On another occasion, he was greeted by a troop of 40 girls.

Like most hikers who make the trek, the false summits leading to the top proved a mild irritant to the ranger. “It seems like you go on forever and like you’re never going to get to the top,” he said. “Gilbert is massive. Its base is massive and the top is so much more massive than Kings Peak. It’s formidable. You see boulders that are the size of trucks. It’s not nearly as fragmented as Kings Peak.” From the summit, hikers look down on Gunsight Peak and can see much of the Henry’s Fork Basin. They look across to Kings Peak and down on the Atwood Basin, where Atwood Lake, the largest lake in the High Uintas Wilderness Area, is located."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Evanston
Distance: 19
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: Best summer and fall
Local Contacts: Ashley National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Mt. Powell, Kings Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Summit County - Gilbert Peak

Recent Trail Reviews

7/10/2007
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I knew this trail was going to be challenging as a day hike, but I decided to give it a shot. I left Henry’s Fork trailhead at 7:30am. The first 5 - 6 miles is fairly thick forest and at this time of year (Beginning of July) and at this time of the morning, the trail was thick with mosquitoes. This had the advantage of helping keep my pace up. As soon as the forest clears, you enter the meadows which give a spectacular view of both Gilbert and Kings peak. The turn off point for Gilbert’s peak is Dollar Lake. However, Dollar Lake is barley bigger than a pong and hidden in a grove of trees. This being the case I blew right by it with out knowing it was there. By the time I realized I had passed Dollar Lake I was aprox 1 mile from Gunsight Pass. Deciding that I did not want to retrace my steps I decided to summit the pass (12500ft) and to pass on Gilbert for another day. I reached the summit of Gunsight Pass at 12:30pm. After adding my own distinctiveness to the cairn on the summit, I headed back. I found Dollar Lake on my return journey. All thou I did not reach Gilberts peak, the trip was great scouting for a route up Gilberts and a good test run for Kings as a day hike. Overall was a great hike with fantastic views. Returned at the trailhead at 5:30pm. Trailhead to Gunsight Pass and back was aprox 21 miles, not bad for a day hike.


8/18/2002
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There are no established trails to this peak. The route we took started near Dollar Lake and headed up a drainage along the East wall. The first ~1000 ft of elevation gain from Dollar lake is pretty strenuous, but from there the terrain levels out and it''s a pretty smooth walk to the 2nd highest peak in UT. There are great views of Kings Peak, and of the wilderness farther north and east. This is a great alternative to Kings Peak and the crowds are 100 times less on Gilbert''s summite.



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