Close-up of Kings Peak as seen from the Henry's Fork Basin. Kings Peak is on the right, with Gunsight Pass on the left, August 2004.
|Elevation||13,534 ft (4,125 m) NAVD 88|
|Prominence||6,348 ft (1,935 m) |
|Location||Duchesne County, Utah, U.S.|
|Parent range||Uinta Mountains|
|Topo map||USGS King's Peak|
It lies just south of the spine of the central Uinta Mountains, in the Ashley National Forest in northeastern Utah, in north-central Duchesne County. It lies within the boundaries of the High Uintas Wilderness. The peak is approximately 79 miles (127 km) due east of central Salt Lake City, and 45 miles (72 km) due north of the town of Duchesne.
There are three popular routes to the summit; a scramble up the east slope, a hike up the northern ridge, and a long but relatively easy hike up the southern slope. The peak was named for Clarence King, a surveyor in the area and the first director of the United States Geological Survey. Kings Peak is generally regarded as the hardest state highpoint which can be climbed without specialist rock climbing skills and/or guiding. The easiest route requires a 29 miles (47 km) round trip hike.