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Most Dangerous Mountains in Utah


Discover the most hazardous mountains in Utah and their associated dangers, despite the state's many options for mountain hiking and biking.

Kings Peak in Utah, the tallest mountain at 13,528 feet, presents risks due to its steep slope and high altitude, which can cause altitude sickness. A hiker fell to their death in 2020.

1. Kings Peak

Mount Timpanogos is a well-known mountain in Utah with a 15-mile hike to the top, a glacier as a major source of injury and death, steep trails, avalanches, and harsh conditions to be aware of before hiking.

2. Mount Timpanogos

Angels Landing in Zion National Park is considered one of the most dangerous hikes in the US due to its steep, slippery trail full of cliffs, hairpin turns, and areas of rapid elevation gain, where falling rocks, heart attacks, and fatalities have occurred.

3. Angels Landing

The Maze Overlook Trail in Canyonlands National Park is a dangerous and remote hike with steep elevation gain, potential for flash floods, and unclear trails, requiring experienced hikers, adequate supplies, and an overnight permit.

4. Maze Overlook Trail

Safe Hiking Tips

Appropriate hiking footwear A good map and compass (GPS won’t always work in these areas) Plenty of food and water Flashlight and/or headlamp First aid supplies Matches or firestarter Multi-purpose tool or knife Backpack or daypack Sunscreen Sunglasses Extra clothing

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