Kings Peak (13,528 feet) stands taller than any other summit in Utah, and gets inundated with climbers during July and August.
Several approaches to Kings Peak are possible–from Yellowstone Creek, from the Uinta River–but this one, being the shortest, is the most popular. From Henrys Fork Campground, the trail gains altitude gracefully for about 5.5 miles where it offers a side trip west through a lovely and very popular lake-filled basin. If you’re eager for the summit, keep on due south, past Dollar Lake and up the switchbacks to Gunsight Pass.
Whether you bag the peak or not, the route is rated as a great backpacking trip with numerous beautiful campsites, especially on the Henrys Fork side of the hike
- Highlights: Mount Views, lakes, streams
- Near: Salt Lake City, UT
- Distance: 34 miles round trip
- Elevation Gain/Loss: 3200 ft
- Hike Time: 3 days
- Difficulty: 8/10
- Trail Condition: Well maintained trail
- GPX Download Link: >>CLICK HERE<<
- Contact: Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Mountain View Ranger District (307) 782-6555
- Dog Friendly: Yes
- Kid Friendly: Yes
Getting to the Trailhead:
From Salt Lake City: HWY 80 (east) to Col Rd 219 (south) to Wy-411 (east) to Wy-410 (south) to Col Rd 283 (south) to FR072 (straight) to FR017 (left) to FR077 (straight) to trail head.