Welcome to SP!  -
Areas & RangesMountains & RocksRoutesImagesArticlesTrip ReportsGearOtherPeoplePlans & PartnersWhat's NewForum

Kings Peak (Utah) in January

Regional discussion and conditions reports for the great state of Utah, from the alpine peaks to the desert slots. Please post partners requests and trip plans here or in the Utah Climbing Partners section.

Kings Peak (Utah) in January

Postby PrinceOfNorway » Tue Nov 29, 2011 9:32 pm

Hey all,

Some friends and I are planning on a Kings Peak attempt in January via Henry's Fork. We're going to try to ski in, but I couldn't find any trip reports of people that have done this in January. From the trip reports of the group that does it once a year I understand that the road is only paved so far. Does anyone know how close to the trail head on can get in the winter? Also, if anyone has done this or if anyone has any advice I would greatly appreciate it.


User Avatar

Posts: 7
Joined: Wed Feb 10, 2010 6:35 pm
Location: Orem, Utah, United States
Thanked: 0 time in 0 post

Re: Kings Peak (Utah) in January

Postby Moogie737 » Tue Nov 29, 2011 10:08 pm

The Wasatch Mountain Club has an annual ski trip to Kings Peak the third or fourth weekend in March. The road to the Henrys Fork TH is plowed to a point, then you must park and hike in a couple of extra miles to reach the Th where the pit toilets are located, etc.

January is a brutally cold month in the Uintas; I think the month of March will offer slightly milder temperatures and certainly more snow for a base. I have made the club trip twice, once on skis and once on snowshoes, and I am not sure I would want to venture out into the deep Uintas in January because of the extremes offered by Mother Nature. I'm not a wimp, but I'm not adverse to picking and choosing based on common sense, history and probability. Good luck.
User Avatar

Posts: 23
Joined: Fri Mar 11, 2005 11:15 pm
Location: Salt Lake City-Cottonwood Heights, Utah, United States
Thanked: 0 time in 0 post

Re: Kings Peak (Utah) in January

Postby ZeeJay » Tue Nov 29, 2011 11:16 pm

The plowing stops at N40.9526 W110.31492 where the main road makes a U Turn and the road to the Henrys Fork Trailhead continues straight. It is 3.5 miles from this point to the summer trail. Good luck!
User Avatar

Posts: 155
Joined: Mon Jan 28, 2008 12:04 am
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Thanked: 50 times in 36 posts

Re: Kings Peak (Utah) in January

Postby lcarreau » Wed Nov 30, 2011 1:45 am

Moogie737 wrote:I'm not a wimp ...

Well, I AM a wimp ... that's why I live in Arizona.


ZeeJay wrote:It is 3.5 miles from this point to the summer trail. Good luck!

Geez, the poor guy has to ski approximately 19.5 miles to Kings, (39 miles RT), and you're wishing him GOOD LUCK? That's simply hilarious, Judy.

"Phobos and Deimos went to Mars, and that's the last time I saw those two dudes."
User Avatar

Posts: 4185
Joined: Thu Sep 06, 2007 10:27 pm
Location: Court of the Crimson King, Arizona, United States
Thanked: 1737 times in 1285 posts

Re: Kings Peak (Utah) in January

Postby Scott » Wed Nov 30, 2011 3:38 pm

I've been there in January (New Years Weekend 2000-2001). We actually ended up climbing Flat Top Mt instead of Kings though, because it was obvious that we would run out of time before the summit of Kings was reached.

As mentioned, you can drive withing 3.5 miles of the summer trailhead, making it one of the more accessible of the Utah 13ers in winter.

If you have to break trail, it's going to be a long trip. If you get lucky and the trails is broken, it is much easier. Either way, plan on several days.
User Avatar

Posts: 8105
Joined: Thu Aug 21, 2003 1:03 pm
Location: Craig, Colorado, United States
Thanked: 1072 times in 555 posts

Return to Utah


  • Related topics
    Last post

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 0 guests

© 2006-2013 SummitPost.org. All Rights Reserved.