This trail is highly rated with oregonhikers.org
TOTAL DISTANCE: 5 miles Roundtrip
ELEVATION GAIN: 2500'
PACE: Slow..~1.5 mph with frequent stops
DIFFICULTY RATING: medium due to elevation gain
ESTIMATED HIKING TIME: ~ 6 hours
Kings Mountain is popular hiking destinations in the Oregon Coast range, and the weather forecast is currently calling for clear skies and a beautiful summit.
Starting from Kings Mountain trailhead the trail heads gradually up under alders and switchbacks at a view of a rushing creek. Then the path winds up steeply on a ridge before dropping and crossing the head of a small gully. The trail rises gradually. Sword fern dominates the understory. Head up a ridge with a rushing creek to the left and then walk on the level in Douglas-fir woods. There are big stumps in these woods: the area was logged before the Tillamook Burn. The path rises gradually under alders, heads up an old road bed, and then switchbacks in an alder grove. The trail drops slightly on a road bed and passes a short cut up to the left. Wind up, with a creek on the right, and pass the 2,000’ level. The trail makes a level traverse and passes an old road bed shortcut dropping down steeply to the left. The path makes a major switchback at the Kings Mountain-Kings Mountain Junior Trail Junction. Continue on a level section past a 0.63 miles to the summit sign and then steeply up to where the gradient eases again. Keep up past the 2,500’ level sign and wind up steeply, including going up some rock “steps.” A spur leads left 60’ to a viewpoint of the west ridge. The trail keeps up steeply in mainly Douglas-fir woods and passes a picnic table. Exit the woods and pass the 3,000’ elevation sign. Rise through meadows. There’s a view of Mount Hood and Mount Adams through the trees before you reach the summit. Sign in at the summit register if you wish; the elevation, 3,226’, is posted. There is a great view overlooking the Lester Creek valley and points southwest from here.
After the hike we are likely to stop at ABV Brewpub in Hillsboro for a deserved drink/bite.
CARPOOLING: We will organize carpooling at Quantama Max park and ride when we meet on Sunday at 7:30 am. Total round trip driving distance to trailhead is about 80 miles. We suggest a donation of 10 cents/mile/person or $8 to the driver towards the cost of gas. No one will be turned away due to inability to pay
WHAT TO BRING:
- Good hiking shoes or boots
- Layers of clothing, rain jacket
- Trekking poles, always a good idea
- Water and light lunch or snacks
It is generally a good idea to be prepared and carry 10 hiking essentials.
Note - Hike leaders are just volunteers. Every hiker is responsible for their own safety and well being. If we do this we will have a great day!