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."