The 2016 Date for the Quest for King's Marathon is now set - Saturday, August 13th

There is a Facebook Page created for this run. Please go check it out at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Quest-for-Kings-Marathon/349769895099414
Please LIKE the page and leave me a Comment that you'll be attending. 


    King's Peak is Utah's tallest mountain at 13,528 feet above sea level. For most people this is a three day hike. But to the dedicated trail runner and ultra-marathoner this is an opportunity to achieve something few seldom dream. Come and run to the peak and back in a single day; 26 miles, 9000+ feet of elevation gain and loss. This is a chance to experience high altitude running and an opportunity to spend a day with friends and others who share your same passion.

Run Description
    King's Peak and it's trails leading to the summit all lie on pristine wilderness land managed by the National Forest Service. Races and large gatherings are not permitted. To be clear, the Quest for King's Marathon is NOT an official race, but an opportunity for several trail runners to get together and share a cool experience of challenging themselves on Utah's tallest mountain. There is no cost to participate. There is no prize money for the winners, no aid stations, no spectators at the finish line, and no one will be putting your picture in a magazine.

The rules are as follows:
Meet at 7:30am at the trailhead parking lot.
When everyone is ready to leave a cow bell will be rung, as close to 8am as possible.
Run to the top of the mountain, following the really obvious trail.
Return without getting hurt.
Have fun with friends.

Feel free to start your run any time prior to 8am. If you feel you are slower than others it is a good idea to head out early so that you can be at the summit with others and get back at similar times.

If you are the first to return to the car, having successfully summited King's Peak, locate the cow bell and keep it, that's your prize. All I ask is that you email me sometime later so that I know who won and can post it on this site. I encourage all finishers to email me their finishing times and comments and I'll post them on this site.
I am also considering getting summit marker key chains that will be engraved with the date on the back and offering them to finishers at a minimal cost.

Course Directions
    Directions to the trailhead from I-80:
Drive south from Interstate 80 on Wyoming State Route 414 for 6 miles to Mountain View, WY. Route 414 turns west through Mountain View and becomes Route 410 as the road turns south at the west end of town. Drive Route 410 toward Robertson, WY for 6.7 miles to the point where it turns west. From this point, drive Uinta County Road 283 (also named Forest Road 072) south toward Grahams Reservoir and Bridger Lake for 12.1 miles to Forest Road 017. Turn left on Forest Road 017 and continue south 6.8 miles to Forest Road 077. Drive south on Forest Road 077 for 2.8 miles, and turn right on the road to Henrys Fork Campground and the Henrys Fork Trailhead.
Map from I-80 to the dirt road: Directions through Mountain View

    Route Description: The trail from the parking lot to the summit is very straightforward. The only questionable turn is at Elkhorn Crossing. Pay attention to the sign at the top of the small hill and turn left. Staying on the trail that goes straight will take you into the west side of the Henry's Fork Basin. There is a marked trail sign and reflector lights. The turn-off is at approximately mile 5.3.
Once at the top of Gunsight Pass (Mile 10ish) the trail descends south down into Painter basin. While the trail is easy and obvious, it is also considerably longer and you lose precious elevation that you have to gain back a few miles later. The best option is to angle southwest towards the technical talus slop on your right. After only a few yards you will should pick up the well traveled trail. There are cairns and an obvious trail through the talus slope. After cresting the talus be careful where you go. You can continue west up the hill, but once on top you will find you have to go down into Anderson Plateau again before starting up to the pass. It is best to angle a little south around the slope and stay at a level elevation. It may seem longer, but in truth it will save precious time and energy. Once back on the main trail it is just a long slog up to Anderson Pass (mile 12ish and elevation 12,200ft). At the pass turn sharply south and head up the talus ridgeline all the way to the summit. Hint: stay relatively close to the ridge. the Rocks are easier and more obvious to navigate. Sign the summit registry and return the way you came. Total mileage will equal anywhere between 25.5 and 26.3 miles, depending on whether you found any slight shortcuts.
Link to a contour map of the course:

    Support: This is a completely self-supported run. You will need to bring all of the gear appropriate for a run of this distance and difficulty. A potential gear list is below. Water is available throughout the trail. However, if you choose to draw water anywhere prior to Gunsight Pass you will need to bring some type of filter or iodine tablets. At the base of Gunsight Pass (mile 10ish)  and Anderson Pass there (mile 12ish) there are two natural springs that generally run throughout the year (I have been to the summit 11 times at all different times during the summer and have always had water). These sources do not require the water to be filtered or cleaned. However, drinking unfiltered or cleaned water in the outdoors, regardless of the source, is always at your own risk. Both water sources are available on the way and returning from the summit. It is recommended that if you choose to make Gunsight Pass your last water refill that you pack more than you think you will need. The last five miles after Elkorn Crossing will become very hot and dehydration is possible.