Kings Peak

Kings Peak
Photo by Brooke Barlow, all rights reserved.

Kings Peak is the highest peak in Utah. It is located in the High Uintas Wilderness Area, roughly two hours east of Salt Lake City. The Uintas are the only major mountain range in the United States that run in an east - west direction. They feature several peaks over 4,000 meters. Kings Peak rises just south of the main Uintas crest. Despite its proximity to the city, Kings Peak is a very remote mountain, and solitude is easily obtained within the surrounding wilderness area. The mountain's west face is steep and craggy, and provides some difficult climbing routes. Otherwise the ascent of the mountain is an easy walk or scramble. All approaches to the mountain are relatively lengthy (Kings Peak is roughly twelve miles from the nearest road), and an ascent generally requires two days.

Elevation (feet): 13,528
Elevation (meters): 4,123
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Uinta Range
State: Utah
Latitude: 40.7833
Longitude: -110.367
Difficulty: Scramble
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Nearest major airport: Salt Lake City, Utah
Convenient Center: Mountain View, Wyoming, Kamas, Utah

Trip Reports

There are 91 trip reports for Kings Peak.

  • Log #4090 - by Darren Smith on Oct 11, 20043.00 stars
    did the peak on the 3 day of a 4 day trip, hailed on top, and chased down by lightning. can't wait to go back to the Uintas.....
  • Log #4091 - by Michael T. Hannan on Sep 20, 20043.00 stars
    Overnighting at Dollar Lake Ben Knorr and I left our camp site at 7:45 a.m. and arrived at the summit just before noon. After spending 30 minutes taking pictures and eating a snack we began our...
  • Log #4092 - by Brandon Brough on Sep 12, 20043.00 stars
    What do you do when your buddy says "Hey, let's take a week off, drive 1500 miles, and climb the highest mountain in Utah"? Well, if you live in southern Illinois (el. 400 ft.), and you've...
  • Log #4093 - by T Tingey on Sep 08, 20043.00 stars
    The second annual Baucom-Tingey-Hansen Kings Peak / Uintas traverse was a success. This year there were 11 of us and 3 dogs. (relax, we practiced low impact camping) We started on Friday, Sept. 3,...
  • Log #4094 - by Dan and Brendon Garrison on Aug 30, 20043.00 stars
    My 14-year-old son, Brendon, and I hiked in from Henry's Fork campground on August 3rd and camped at Dollar Lake. Took about 5 hours to pack in. We made a late start on the 4th (left camp at about...
  • Log #4095 - by Craig Lloyd on Aug 29, 20043.00 stars
    Many of you may have read my last entry from last year when i summitted the three tallest peaks in a day. This year was to be a bit different as my companion and i had a goal to do all of the Utah...
  • Log #4096 - by Allen Clark on July 28, 20043.00 stars
    The hike was amazingly beautiful but as well was pretty stressful on our knees. We started from Henry Fork Trailhead at 6:45pm Friday and didn't make it to Dollar Lake in time for dark. We ended up...
  • Log #4097 - by Steve Hufford on July 27, 20043.00 stars
    The previous trip report should read 30 MINUTES, not seconds, as the time it took me to scale the upper half of the chute.
  • Log #4098 - by Steve Hufford on July 27, 20043.00 stars
    I started at the trailhead a little after 1pm this past Saturday, having flown in to Salt Lake City from Alaska the night before. Carrying a 50 pound pack was new for me as I'd only done daytrips...
  • Log #4099 - by Braden Andersen on July 27, 20043.00 stars
    I signed the log about three years ago, but as I'm going up again it's time to sign-in. It turns out that by some tradition (or fluke) I end up going to King's Peak every three years. So for...
  • Log #4100 - by matt on July 20, 20043.00 stars
    We lost our Canon video camcorder in the boulder field/meadow, right after we sumited Kings Peak. Lightning and thunder chased us off Utah's highest peak. Rain and hail humbled us as we hid in...
  • Log #4101 - by Kim Ihler on July 18, 20043.00 stars
    Ejoyed the views, but ceratinly was glad to get back to Henry's Fork Campground and my vehicle after a 13 1/2 hr hike from the summit.
  • Log #4102 - by Bob Z on June 09, 20043.00 stars
    For those of you trying to decide whether to climb Kings Peak via Gunsite Pass or the chute located west of Gunsite pass, let me offer this advice. The chute is more direct and will save you time....
  • Log #4103 - by Vincent Rocco on May 26, 20043.00 stars
    To and from a base camp at Dollar Lake take Gunsight pass, do not try ascending or decending the rock fall to the right; it is shorter by 1-2 miles, but precarious.
  • Log #4104 - by Jay Silveira on Mar 14, 20043.00 stars
    I've completed the report of our trip to Kings Peak in July, with text, links, pictures, and video. Just click on the link, enjoy!
  • Log #4105 - by Joe Frampton on Dec 02, 20033.00 stars
    A great hike. Many panoramic vistas. Take your time and take a few days to soak in the wilderness. Also pack out your trash.
  • Log #4106 - by Don Smith on Oct 03, 20033.00 stars
    I left Henry's Fork Campground at 3:55pm on 9/30/03 and arrived at Dollar Lake at 7:35pm. Saw three moose on the hike in. Day 2, hiked to just below Gunsite pass, and loaded up on H2O. On gunsite I...
  • Log #4107 - by Cops on Top Memorial Law Enfo Team on Oct 03, 20033.00 stars
    Cops on Top is a volunteer group of police officers from around the country that climb mountains on behalf of officers killed in the line of duty, protecting us all through both war and peace....
  • Log #4108 - by Greg Livingston, Adam Hunter, Tyler on Sep 17, 20033.00 stars
    Left Henry's Fork trailhead Friday 9-12-03 still a little groggy from the Ales consumed the night before. Me, my good friends Adam and Jay, and our three dogs hiked south for about 4 1/2 hours...
  • Log #4109 - by Jonathan Williams on Sep 08, 20033.00 stars
    My brother-in-law and reached the trailhead about 12:30 in the morning. We had intended to get a couple hours of sleep but we changed our minds when we noticed how bright the moon was and how clear...
  • Log #4110 - by T Tingey on Sep 08, 20033.00 stars
    Henry's Fork to Swift Creek in three days. Started Thurdsay, Aug. 28 at the Henry's Fork trailhead. My brother-in-law, Sid Baucom and I and his two dogs made the trip.
  • Log #4111 - by Jim on Sep 06, 20033.00 stars
    Take your time and enjoy this trip. My son and I hiked from Henry's Fork campground and spent 2 nights at a wonderful campsite near Dollar Lake and a dozen moose. We summitted our second day thru...
  • Log #4112 - by Peter on Sep 04, 20033.00 stars
    Long hike! The views and solitude were certainly worth it! I only saw 1 group of people on the whole hike.
  • Log #4113 - by live wire on Aug 28, 20033.00 stars
    Took my 5 year old boy on this trip. The only part I helped him with was the river crossing. We stayed the night. Hit the trail and made it to anderson pass and turned around due to lighting with 9...
  • Log #4114 - by Jeremy Kunz on Aug 27, 20033.00 stars
    My brother-in-law, Jonathan, and I got to the Henry's Fork TH at about 12:30am on Aug 16, we saw that the moon was full so we decided to start hiking right then. It was absolutely beautiful. At about...
  • Log #4115 - by Craig Lloyd on Aug 26, 20033.00 stars
    We set out from the trailhead to dollar lake on the 14th. Our goal was to hike King's, So King's, and then Gilbert all on the next day. We woke up at 4:00 am and were on the trail 45 min. later. We...
  • Log #4116 - by Jeff Maddy on Aug 18, 20033.00 stars
    Started our trek with a group of older boy scouts from China Meadows on Monday, August 11th. Camped Monday evening at East Red Castle Lake. Tuesday, hiked over Smith's Fork Pass to base of Anderson...
  • Log #4117 - by Tim on Aug 11, 20033.00 stars
    Started from the Henry's Fork Trailhead with my Brother-in-law at 12AM. Reached Dollar lake at 3:30AM. Seen a few lightning strikes miles away but nothing close. Above dollar lake it became really...
  • Log #4118 - by Laurent Lestarquit on July 31, 20033.00 stars
    I made a day trip to this peak while I was stuck in Salt Lake due to sept 11 events. I started from Henry Fork, did dome running in the first km that are mostly flat, followed indians on horseback,...
  • Log #4119 - by Lynn Arave on July 29, 20033.00 stars
    I've hiked Kings 3 times now and going for a fourth time in August of 2003. My first climb in July 1990 was too crowded with too many mosquitoes. I prefer August now when the swampy areas dry out...
  • Log #4120 - by Bob Searle on July 26, 20033.00 stars
    What a great hike. Hiked in to Dollar Lake left camp around 7:30am took a short cut at the top of Gunsight Pass, which cut off significant mileage. Reached the summit at eleven o'clock. Called my...
  • Log #4121 - by Gary Karpowitz on July 24, 20033.00 stars
    What a fun hike, I would recomend it to anyone. Last year we climbed it via Smith's Fork and Red Castle (definately worth seeing Red Castle), this year via Henery's Fork and Dollar Lake. The hike...
  • Log #4122 - by matt on July 05, 20033.00 stars
    We had our trip cut short to only three days. So the first night we camped at alligator lake and debated if a summit was evan possible in the time we had. we finally decided that with an early start...
  • Log #4123 - by David Anthony on June 19, 20033.00 stars
    I summited with my wife and best friend Dave Haskin. We left Green river at 7:30 P.M. in snow sprinkles, and laughed to each other about the look of dismay on the WY locals faces when they found out...
  • Log #4124 - by John Ross on Mar 12, 20033.00 stars
    To climb Kings Peak with real solitude do it in the winter! My third winter attempt was "the charm." Several of us worked real hard breaking trail for two days to get to Dollar Lake. The...
  • Log #4125 - by Scott Patterson on Mar 07, 20033.00 stars
    I got to climb this mountain for my 13th birthday present.
  • Log #4126 - by Jeremy Kunz on Dec 16, 20023.00 stars
    A few friends and myself decided to take the U-Bar Ranch entrance by Roosevelt, UT. We saw one other group of people on the way in (once we got to the summit there were many different groups). The...
  • Log #4127 - by Lyle Miller on Sep 10, 20023.00 stars
    I came in from China Meadows this time and prefer it over the much more crowded Henrys Fork. Camped at East Red Castle Lake. Only one other camp that I seen and not a bug in site. The hike to kings...
  • Log #4128 - by Eric and Stacey Burton on Sep 02, 20023.00 stars
    Much Longer hike than expected. 6 hours from Henry's Fork TH to Dollar Lake. 9.5 hours Round Trip from Dollar Lake to King's Peak Summit (10 minutes on top), via gunsight pass. We took the...
  • Log #4129 - by Steve Gruhn on Sep 01, 20023.00 stars
    Summitted on a clear day with my second cousin, Remy Newcombe. Saw one other person during the entire trip (other than another partner of ours). Snow was minimal.
  • Log #4130 - by alex rudd on Aug 26, 20023.00 stars
    i didnt purposely summit this mountain on the same date-just coincidence. it snowed three inches the morning of summit day but we went anyway. made it to the top with little trouble, the rocks were...
  • Log #4131 - by mark on Aug 22, 20023.00 stars
    We decided to avoid the busy route via Henry's Fork, and instead made it into a 5-day backpacking loop. Without boring you with our exact route, i would highly highly recommend visiting King's this...
  • Log #4132 - by Nunzi Haag on Aug 22, 20023.00 stars
    this is a beautiful hike in october.
  • Log #4133 - by Jason Nielsen on Aug 09, 20023.00 stars
    Had a great Hike. Left Trailhead at 9am Monday morning and made it to Dollar Lake at 3 pm. Rested 1 day to get use to the altitude. Acsended Kings Peak on the 3rd day.
  • Log #4134 - by Thane Kennedy on July 20, 20023.00 stars
    take the rock slide down it is much much faster.
  • Log #4135 - by Peter Korslund on June 29, 20023.00 stars
    I had a short window of opportunity to do this fine trek, being out in SLC on business, so I took it for all it was worth. I started at the trail head at 12:20 pm and got back to the car at 1:30 pm...
  • Log #4136 - by Eric Maughan on Dec 27, 20013.00 stars
    We came in from the north and had an awesome hike in until Elkhorn crossing, then the rain came down! There was so much lightning you could feel the electricity! As we hiked the clouds came over the...
  • Log #4137 - by Rex Headd on Oct 30, 20013.00 stars
    Leaving the Henry's Fork trailhead the 10 or so miles to Dollar Lake are a nice stroll through the forest gaining little elevation. We set up camp on a ridge near Dollar Lake and spent most of the...
  • Log #4138 - by Roger Price on Sep 28, 20013.00 stars
    Started from China Meadows crossed over to Bear Lake in Henries Fork. Continued through Gunsight Pass took a short cut accross the western edge of Painter Basin then up to Anderson Pass and north...
  • Log #4139 - by Tim Macknight on Sep 19, 20013.00 stars
    Our group of 6 camped at Henry's Fork trailhead the 1st night, and then hiked to an area about 1/4 mile east of the main trail, just south of Dollar Lake. This proved to be a GREAT spot, close to a...
  • Log #4140 - by Christian Peel on Aug 29, 20013.00 stars
    Tony, Tomas and I are three friends who know each other through the electrical engineering dept at BYZ. Started out from the trailhead at 3pm on Friday, 24 Aug. Made it to the last trees before...
  • Log #4141 - by LaNae Reid on Aug 21, 20013.00 stars
    It was tough, hard on the lungs, but a great experience.
  • Log #4142 - by Joe Buhler on Aug 04, 20013.00 stars
    I left work in Draper, UT at 5:15 p.m. on Thursday August 2nd. With traffic and construction and a quick stop for dinner I made it onto the Henry's fork trailhead at 8:45 p.m. I decided to hike in as...
  • Log #4143 - by Braden Andersen on Aug 03, 20013.00 stars
    Almost got killed by lightning the first time. Almost fell off the top the second time by a gust of wind! Don't know about the third time yet as it hasn't happened yet. It will however in about 5...
  • Log #4144 - by Jim Madsen on July 11, 20013.00 stars
    Felt cool to be the highest person in Utah for a few moments. Climbed it from Dollar Lake over Gunsight pass. It was a long hike, but not hard at all.
  • Log #4145 - by Mandy Thomas on June 08, 20013.00 stars
    Beautiful weather and a great hike! Long approach. Doable in 1 day if you get an early start and make good time.
  • Log #4146 - by Chrissom Maddux on Apr 19, 20013.00 stars
    King's Peak is a great place to test your endurance. Check out my web site to see pictures of my trip. http://kingspeak.homestead.
  • Log #4147 - by desert rat on Apr 18, 20013.00 stars
    watch out for UNprepared boy scouts making their pilgrimage from SLC to the Dollar Lake area...other campsites exist...can be done in a day by strong hikers from Henry's Fork...don't forget to turn...
  • Log #4148 - by Don Laack on Dec 27, 20003.00 stars
    Awesome hike! Our team took three days to comlete the round-trip with everyone reaching the summit. This was plenty of time to enjoy the beauty of the surrounding Uinta region. Our main camp was at...
  • Log #4149 - by an anonymous user on Dec 26, 20003.00 stars
    I went with my 3 sons ages 18,14,10 and we all summited. We got caught in a thunder storm in painter basin on the way down. Its pretty scary on top with lighting in the area. Go prepared for any type...
  • Log #4150 - by Joey Tullis on Oct 09, 20003.00 stars
    Don't forget your water at camp.
  • Log #4151 - by Bill Ozanne on Sep 11, 20003.00 stars
    3 Days from Henry's Fork. Camped above Dollar lake after a hike in with lighning and snow. Next morning climbed up Gunsight pass then took the cairned shortcut and traversed to Anderson Pass and...
  • Log #4152 - by Steve Nesbitt & Jay Shafer on Sep 10, 20003.00 stars
    Did it in two days, summitted at 4:30 after leaving the trailhead at 6:30 am, returned to Dollar Lake to camp. Purely epic!!
  • Log #4153 - by Steve Gruhn on Sep 10, 20003.00 stars
    Camped before Dollar Lake after starting at 6:30 p.m. Summitted via Gunsight Pass with clear weather the next day with my second cousin, Remy Newcombe. A third member of the party turned back a...
  • Log #4154 - by Glenn Ivers on Aug 28, 20003.00 stars
    Beautiful hike! The view from Kings Peak is awesome! Make sure you take warm clothes and rain gear to the top.
  • Log #4155 - by Gary Hansen on Aug 04, 20003.00 stars
    Great views from the top!
  • Log #4157 - by DAN'L WEEKS on Aug 03, 20003.00 stars
  • Log #4158 - by DAN'L WEEKS on Aug 03, 20003.00 stars
  • Log #4159 - by Bob Smith on July 18, 20003.00 stars
    Approaching from the north we summited via the chute located to the east of gunsite pass. The chute proved to be quite steep but is a more direct route and probably saved us about 30 minutes in each...
  • Log #4160 - by Rick Stoffiere on May 12, 20003.00 stars
    Did not summit on this attempt, but 2 in my party did. I spent 2 hours vomiting at Anderson Pass while the other two summited. We got caught on our descent in a hail storm producing 1" pellets....
  • Log #4161 - by Ken Whetstone on Feb 08, 20003.00 stars
    Worth the effort!
  • Log #4163 - by Stephen Frisby on Jan 07, 20003.00 stars
    Great trip, beautiful area winter is spectacular!!
  • Log #4164 - by Peter Gram on Jan 06, 20003.00 stars
    My 29th state highpoint. A good hike, but the mosquitos were terrible! Very interesting desert rock.
  • Log #4165 - by Dave Fitzgerald on Nov 12, 19993.00 stars
    Did the entire trip in one day without using the chute as a short cut.
  • Log #4167 - by Brian cook on Sep 05, 19993.00 stars
    when stormy it is very cold and hard to climb
  • Log #4168 - by James Clark, Bruce Clark on Aug 26, 19993.00 stars
    Multiple day trip from Henrys Fork trailhead, first summit trip for James, second for me (Bruce) (prior ascent 8/7/97). Overnight pause at Elkhorn Crossing on day 1 due to late start, mostly cloudy...
  • Log #4169 - by Thomas S. Burton on Aug 23, 19993.00 stars
    Round trip took 9:20 from China Meadows trailhead. I went fast and light and covered the 25 miles fairly quickly due to only gradual elevation gain the first nine miles. Found a shortcut down some...
  • Log #4170 - by Sid Findley on Aug 23, 19993.00 stars
    Best of all hikes I've done to this point. Warning - take as much mosquito repellent as you can or pack a head net during the later months as the mosquitos can be very tenacious.The scenery is ever...
  • Log #4171 - by Bruce Clark, James Clark on Aug 04, 19993.00 stars
    First time on summit after one other try in 92. Plan to go again Aug 99. On summit on 4th day of trip after 2 days (rainy) wait for clear weather. Used Henry's Fork plus all the safe shortcuts.
  • Log #4172 - by Kimo Coray on July 21, 19993.00 stars
    Third time up. Almost got struck by lighting.
  • Log #4173 - by Mick Wenzbauer on June 08, 19993.00 stars
    Long (about 30 miles) trip up Henry's Fork. Three days for trip, and amazingly no rain! Had summit all to myself for 20 minutes, great view, no civilization.
  • Log #4175 - by SHANE F AND JON W on Apr 08, 19993.00 stars
  • Log #4176 - by Walt O'Neil on Nov 01, 20043.00 stars
    Have begun highpointing in 1996 at the age of 62. Have completed 13 states and 97 county highpoints, including Mt. Elbert, Pijes Peak, Grays prak in Colorado; Wheeler Peak, N.M.; and Mt.
  • Log #4178 - by Scott Wesemann on Mar 29, 19993.00 stars
    I Finally made it on my second attempt. Last year I spent My Summit day puking at Dollar lake. The views were great, but a storm was coming so I had to get down quick.
  • Log #4179 - by Jobe Wymore on Dec 02, 19983.00 stars
    Not a cloud in the sky the whole time I was in the Uintas
  • Log #4180 - by John Ross on Nov 25, 19983.00 stars
    Go to the website below for several photos of Kings. . .select "Been there, done that"
  • Log #4181 - by Mike Riches on July 08, 20033.00 stars
    To all who have gone before, and to all that will go after.....the view from the top is a hell of a lot nicer than the view from the bottom. The Rockrat
  • Log #20501 - by alison lowen on Nov 25, 20063.00 stars
    beautiful clear day. leave early for the summit to avoid clouds and storms.
  • Log #20688 - by Scott Wesemann on Mar 12, 20073.00 stars
    Have climbed Kings 5 times. In 05 did with Craig Lloyd and had an EPIC experience! A big snow year kept most people away, so Craig and I had the High Uintas to ourselves for three days. Climbed West...
  • Log #21857 - by Steve Hufford on Jan 20, 20103.00 stars
    In the summer of 2004, I flew to Salt Lake City to begin my quest to climb the highpoints of Utah and Idaho. On a scale of 1 to 10 in terms of “degree of difficulty” with Alaska’s Mt. McKinley...
  • Log #22163 - by Caj E Svensson on Apr 14, 20113.00 stars
    Started out at Henry's Fork trailhead and hiked along the trail to an area near Dollar Lake. Camped and then hiked up to Gunsight Pass, tried to follow a high line over the flat part towards Anderson...