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Kings Mountain and Elk Mountain Professional Review and Guide
"I’ve laid out four options for you: a steep hike up Kings Mountain, a really steep scramble up Elk Mountain, a killer loop that includes both, and a more casual (though lengthy) trip along Elk Creek. With a campground at one trailhead, why not spend the night and do a couple of hikes?"
--Paul Gerald, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Portland (Menasha Ridge Press).
There are some nice views on the trails in Ecola State Park. I stayed in the hikers campground. The cabins have 4 bunk beds each, made out of wood. I opted for my tent on soft ground. This park is pretty small. I hiked from Cannon Beach leaving at 11am and reached the campground at 1:30. Then I hiked on to the trail head at Seaside, then back past the camp ground to Indian Beach again, stayed there an hour and then hiked again to the campground and it was still only 6pm. I suggest just going for a day hike.
Beautiful views and a very easy trail.
We hiked in Ecola State Park from the northern most parking lot north two miles and back. The sign says to take the road grade up but I'd recommend staying on the trail both ways as the views along the trail are much better. The lookout by the old bunker near the hikers camp is okay but the views lower are actually better. You can see all the way to Cannon Beach with views of Haystack Rock. You might get to see surfers and kayakers even in winter as the air is around 40° on good days.
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