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Kings Peak

A prominent Utah mountain ranks 19th highest in the U.S.


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Being the highpoint of Utah, Kings Peak is the seventh highest among the U.S. State Highpoints. It is located 42 mi (67.59 km) from Duchesne in the High Uintas Wilderness Area of the Ashley and Wasatch National Forests. A popular King's Peak Utah Henry's Fork Trail is a 26.8-mi (43.13-km) route with 5,118 feet (1,560 m) elevation gain. It can be used for hiking, birding, horseback riding, and backpacking and is rated as difficult. It is recommended to hike this trail from June until October, depending on snow and weather conditions.

Kings Peak Trail starts at the Henrys Fork trailhead and passes near Henrys Fork Lake and over Gunsight Pass and Anderson Pass. It climbs the north ridge of Kings Peak, about 1.5 mi (2.41 km) to the summit, where it offers a great view. Kings Peak is 6,348 ft (1,934 m) high, so it is considered 19th highest in the U.S. It was named after Clarence King, the first director of the U.S. Geological Survey.

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