Kings Peak via Swift Creek Trailhead

Mountain View, Wyoming

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Kings Peak, the highest point in the state of Utah, is the most popular destination of “peak baggers” in the High Uintas and in the entire Beehive State. Novice mountaineers with no special equipment can even reach it. However, it is a long, steep hike to the top of the 13,258-foot summit. Good health and conditioning are a must. More than 10,000 people attempt to reach the top of Utah each year according to the nonprofit group Friends of Kings Peak (friendsofkingspeak.org). There are several routes to the top of Kings Peak, all of them long and each providing a different backcountry hiking experience. No matter the route, hikers should plan to head to the top early in the morning and return by early afternoon to avoid the trademark afternoon thunderstorms on the High Uintas. These summer storms frequently include lightning, and the highest point in Utah is the last place you want to be when the electrified bolts are coming from the sky.

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"Kings Peak, the highest point in the state of Utah, is the most popular destination of “peak baggers” in the High Uintas and in the entire Beehive State. Novice mountaineers with no special equipment can even reach it. However, it is a long, steep hike to the top of the 13,258-foot summit. Good health and conditioning are a must. More than 10,000 people attempt to reach the top of Utah each year according to the nonprofit group Friends of Kings Peak (friendsofkingspeak.org).

There are several routes to the top of Kings Peak, all of them long and each providing a different backcountry hiking experience. No matter the route, hikers should plan to head to the top early in the morning and return by early afternoon to avoid the trademark afternoon thunderstorms on the High Uintas. These summer storms frequently include lightning, and the highest point in Utah is the last place you want to be when the electrified bolts are coming from the sky."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Mountain View
Distance: 37.4
Elevation Gain: 4,000 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: Variable
Trailhead Elevation: 9,500 feet
Top Elevation: 13,500 feet
Local Contacts: Ashley National Forest, Forest Supervisor, 355 North Vernal Ave., Vernal, UT 84078, (435) 781-1181; Duchesne Ranger District, 85 West Main, Duchesne, UT 84021, (435) 738-2482
Local Maps: USGS Garfield Basin, USGS Mt. Powell, Kings Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Kings Peak via Swift Creek Trailhead

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May 2018