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Day Hike - Kings Mountain & Elk Mountain

A strenuous 11 mile hike to two summits- Kings Mountain and Elk Mountain in the Tillamook State Forest! Enjoy wildflowers and summit views as well as a piece of the Wilson River Trail connecting the two trailheads to make a big loop.

  • Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 10.9 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,850 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 3,226 ft
  • Pace: 1.5-2 mph

Meet at Sunset Transit Center Park and Ride at 9am or at Kings Mountain Trailhead at 9:45am. We will aim to leave by 10am. Please note that this trailhead is about 2.5 hours from Olympia. There are several first come first serve camps along the Wilson River trail if you would like to camp Saturday night but they do fill up on sunny weekends. 

To get to the Kings Mountain trailhead take Take I-5 South to Portland to I-405 S to US 26 West toward Beaverton. Exit left onto OR-6 West toward Tillamook. Trailhead is 26miles from the US-26/ OR-6 Junction on the right. 

*Leaders Permission Required* I will expect that you have done a recent 10+ mile hike with at least 2000 ft gain and that you will be willing to be patient with others and slow things down on the steep sections. You must be confident with exposure and be prepared for a strenuous hike at a consistent pace.

Please note that this hike is strenuous with a 2000 ft gain in 1.6 miles on the Elk Mountain side. There is a small washout area with a rope to help on the ridge traverse and it will be a steep 2500 ft descent over 2.5 miles on the Kings Mountain side. We will try to keep a steady 2mph pace when possible but will slow down to 1.5 mph on the steep areas. 

I will not do this hike in rainy or icy conditions. If the forecast is calling for a lot of rain I will adjust our route to a similar distance. 

I would recommend hiking with poles and carrying two liters of water and lunch/ snacks. We will aim to return to the trailhead by 5pm.

Kings Mountain & Elk Mountain

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  • Navigation
  • Headlamp
  • Sun protection
  • First aid
  • Knife
  • Fire
  • Shelter
  • Extra food
  • Extra water
  • Extra clothes
  • Recommend hiking poles
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