Kings Peak - The Roof of Utah

Mountain View, Wyoming

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This tour requires a long approach for a relatively short ski, but the line is good—and it’s the highest point in Utah. Go when the road is melted or plowed to the trailhead but while sufficient snow remains for approach and return on skis. An overnight trip is pretty much mandatory for Kings Peak. Even better is two nights; that way you can enjoy a good rest after your summit day, and your long, low-angle ski out on morning crust is relatively fast and painless compared to carrying a load in potentially breakable afternoon slush. (Every March a Wasatch Mountain Club group skate-skis in and out of this area in one marathon day.) Approach the Uinta divide by skinning up the Henrys Fork drainage for 8 miles (from the campground) to Henrys Fork Lake. Camp here or ascend a bit higher toward Gunsight Pass, the obvious notch in the divide to the southeast. Ascend to the pass and drop southeast into Painter Basin.
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by Tyson Bradley (Falcon Guides)

This tour requires a long approach for a relatively short ski, but the line is good—and it’s the highest point in Utah. Go when the road is melted or plowed to the trailhead but while sufficient snow remains for approach and return on skis. An overnight trip is pretty much mandatory for Kings Peak.

Even better is two nights; that way you can enjoy a good rest after your summit day, and your long, low-angle ski out on morning crust is relatively fast and painless compared to carrying a load in potentially breakable afternoon slush. (Every March a Wasatch Mountain Club group skate-skis in and out of this area in one marathon day.) Approach the Uinta divide by skinning up the Henrys Fork drainage for 8 miles (from the campground) to Henrys Fork Lake. Camp here or ascend a bit higher toward Gunsight Pass, the obvious notch in the divide to the southeast. Ascend to the pass and drop southeast into Painter Basin.

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Activity Type: Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding
Nearby City: Mountain View
Distance: 12-16 miles
Elevation Gain: 4,128 feet
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Difficult
Trailhead Elevation: 9,400 feet
Top Elevation: 13,528 feet
Local Contacts: Utah Avalanche Center, (888) 999-4019; Uintas, ext. 4 Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Kamas Ranger District, (435) 783-4338; Evanston Ranger District, (307) 789-3194; Mountain View Ranger District, (307) 782-6555 Vernal-side yurts, Ashley National Forest, (435) 789-1181 Kamas-area yurts, White Pine Touring, (435) 649-8710 Evanston-side yurts, Evanston Parks and Recreation Department, (307) 789-1770
Local Maps: USGS 7.5-minute Kings Peak, Mount Powell, Gilbert Peak NE; 1:100,000 Kings Peak; Alpentech Uinta 2–Uinta Range, east of Mirror Lake Highway
Driving Directions: Directions to Kings Peak - The Roof of Utah

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