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Elk/ King Loop

The Elk / King loop is a tougher hike then it looks on paper. We'll start at the King Mountain trail head with a quick 3.5 mile hike to Elk Mountain, saving us that part of the hike at the end of the day. Elk is steep but the trickiest part or the hike is the traverse over to King. I think this is the only hike where I've seen ropes permanently set to aid hikers if that gives you an idea of what the traverse looks like. Once we're at the top of King the hike back to the TH is easy.

There is a good chance that we'll hit some snow on top. If we get some decent storms between when this is posted and the hike there could be quite a bit. Wear appropriate clothing and bring gear based on late fall conditions.

Rain, shine or snow. No dogs.

Distance: 11 miles

Elevation gain: 3,700 feet

Difficulty: Very difficult



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  • Svetlana

    I had the best time despite of the rain.

    November 23, 2012

  • Chatchay Ramone de la M.

    Decent weather. It did not rain too much. Foggy when we are at higher elevation. We got a little bit of snow. Great group and strong hikers. I am glad to be Papa Goat because I can provide some of the members with eletrolyte tablets and some given me back by keeping my hands warm. Making sure to keep the group together and good pace. We completed the hike in 6.5 hours. 11 miles long. Thanks Magnus for letting me lead this hike. Thank you everyone for making this a magnificent hike. Very enthusiastic people. I will see you guys again.

    November 18, 2012

  • Marc

    The hike was both strenuous and fun. The rain and snow remained light through the day so they didn't trouble us too much. Thanks to Magnus for leading it!

    November 18, 2012

  • Magnus

    This loop is a lot of fun and surprisingly challenging. There was a lot of snow in the rain on top of Elk but no snow on the ground. Solid team with Chatchay doing a good job pacing the group.

    November 18, 2012

  • Avinash

    Very challenging, by deeply satisfying hike. Thanks Magnus. It requires tremendous courage and responsibility to lead a group through a hike as difficult as this one.

    November 18, 2012

  • Avinash

    Magnus I would to join this hike too, if that is OK with you. Have been wait listed, and didn't change before it closed.

    November 16, 2012

  • Todd O

    I did this hike in September and I remember thinking that I was glad to being doing it when the trail was dry. The King Mountain portion is pretty sketchy in many spots. Poles, high traction boots, gloves, and pants with durable knees and seats (just in case . . . you know) are all highly recommended. It's a good challenge but be prepared for it.

    October 29, 2012

  • Andrew

    Thanks Magnus for hosting. This is one of my favorite hikes...

    October 29, 2012

  • Lisa M

    Darn! I'll be in Chicago on this day... so disappointing! Please, please lead more hikes, magnus!

    October 29, 2012

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