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