Distance: 15 miles. Elevation Gain: 4000 Cummulative. Pace: 3.5mph
Update: Details as Promised!
This route takes us up Elk Creek from before the campground to its junction with the split that links up with Kings-Elk Mt Trails (mile 4).
From here we continue onward to our right along Elk Creek Rd (not much left) ad work our way towards the top of the mountain and a junction with a logging road
This will be where we climb several hundred feet and up the logged (but 'meadow-like' flank of what i call.'Picnic Butte.' It will offer beautiful views and hopefully you will gather a sense of why i named this mountain peak as such.
After taking in views we head steeply down the other slope towards the bend in the logging road before heading into the forest and using boot trails to hike up to the top pf what i call.'Crag Overlook.'
I have only been here.once but the area seems to offer multiple other trails that are not used so often because of their 'locale' with their famous neighbors further West.
Coming back, we drop off the ridge line down to the road and follow a steep logging skid partially back up Picnic Butte before dropping back down again, reaching the junction.and following our path back down the Elk Creek Trail.