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Kings Peak - Utah Highpoint
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2022-09-10  
2012-08-11  
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Kings Peak - Utah HighpointDinosaurland, UT
Dinosaurland, UT
Hiking27.05 Miles 4,352 AEG
Hiking27.05 Miles   15 Hrs   15 Mns   1.95 mph
4,352 ft AEG   1 Hour   22 Mns Break
 
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Yes I'm goin'
That Utah line
See if them women
Sweet like mine


With apologies to R. L. Burnside, I thought that I'd use this verse as a segue for a trip report to a day hike to Kings Peak (elevation of 13,528 feet and prominence of 6,348 feet), the highpoint of Utah.

I got a 3:00 AM alpine start, and made pretty good time in the dark. It was 27 degrees, so it was a chilly start. It finally started warming up around 7:00 AM, when the sun came up.

When I got to Gunsight Pass, I took the shortcut over toward Anderson Pass. I took the shortcut on the way back also. Taking the shortcut both ways probably saved 2.5 miles and 800-900 feet of elevation gain.

The hardest part of the hike was the 1.6 mile RT from Anderson Pass to the summit and back. This was a class 2 boulder scramble the whole way, and I bet that it took me 3 hours to do these 1.6 miles.

The 5-6 miles nearest to the TH were mostly in a forest, but you were in scenic open country beyond that.

I was glad to get this hike done. I have now done all 8 Utah ultraprominent peaks, and have now been on the highpoint of 22 of Utah's 29 counties.

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This is a tough day hike, due to distance and some of the terrain. A sensible person would do this one as a 2 or even 3 day backpack. There are lots of places to camp and water is plentiful.
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