KINGS PEAK IS THE TALLEST MOUNTAIN IN THE U.S. STATE OF UTAH, WITH AN ELEVATION OF 4,125 M (13,534 FT) ABOVE SEA LEVEL. IT LIES IN THE CENTRAL UINTA MOUNTAINS, WITHIN THE ASHLEY NATIONAL FOREST AND THE HIGH UINTAS WILDERNESS.
The peak is approximately 127 km (79 miles) east of Salt Lake City, and 72 km (45 miles) north of the town of Duchesne. There are three popular routes to the peak: a scramble up the east foothill, a hike up the northern slope, and a long but rather easy hike up the southern ridge.
The mountain was named after Clarence King, a surveyor in the area and the first director of the United States Geological Survey. Kings Peak is generally considered as the most difficult Utah’s peaks that can be climbed without specialist rock climbing equipment, experience or guiding. The easiest route is a 47 km (29 mile) long round trip hike. The best conditions for climbing the summit are between June and September, depending on the weather conditions.
THE FIVE HIGHEST PEAKS IN UTAH:
- Kings Peak - 4,125 m (13,534 ft), in the Uinta Mountains, Utah, United States.
- Central Blacks Fork Peak - 3,922 m (12,868 ft), in the Uinta Mountains, Utah, United States.
- Mount Peale - 3,879 m (12,726 ft), in the La Sal Mountains, San Juan County, Utah, United States.
- Hayden Peak - 3,805 m (12,484 ft), in the Uinta Mountains, Utah, United States.
- Mount Agassiz - 3,790 m (12,433 ft), in the Uinta Mountains, Utah, United States.
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