Kings Peak (Utah)

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Kings Peak
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Kings Peak as viewed from the east in Painter Basin.
Highest point
Elevation 13,534 ft (4,125 m)  NAVD 88 [1]
Prominence 6,348 ft (1,935 m) [1]
Listing
Coordinates 40°46′35″N110°22′22″W / 40.7763818°N 110.3728151°W / 40.7763818; -110.3728151 Coordinates: 40°46′35″N110°22′22″W / 40.7763818°N 110.3728151°W / 40.7763818; -110.3728151 [3]
Geography
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Kings Peak
Location within the State of Utah
Location Duchesne County, Utah, U.S.
Parent range Uinta Mountains
Topo map USGS King's Peak
Climbing
Easiest route Hike

Kings Peak is the highest peak in the U.S. state of Utah, [4] with an elevation of 13,534 feet (4,125 m)  NAVD 88 . [1]

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Description

Kings Peak as viewed from the northeast. Anderson Pass is to the right. The north ridge, from Anderson Pass to the summit, is the most popular climbing route. Kings Peak, Uinta Mountains, Duchesne County, Utah, USA 05.jpg
Kings Peak as viewed from the northeast. Anderson Pass is to the right. The north ridge, from Anderson Pass to the summit, is the most popular climbing route.

Kings Peak is located 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. [5] Kings Peak is generally regarded as the hardest state highpoint that can be climbed without specialist rock climbing skills and/or guiding. The easiest route requires a 29 miles (47 km) round trip hike.

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References

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