Kings Mountain

Jordan Creen, Oregon

Kings Mountain Professional Review and Guide

"Rising impressively above the Wilson River canyon, Kings Mountain is the star attraction along a growing network of trails in Tillamook State Forest. The challenging hike to the top rises quickly from dense rain forests near the river to view-packed wildflower meadows at the summit.

It is an experience that will thrill not only hikers who enjoy the intense greenery of Oregon’s famous forests but those who prefer to look down on that greenery from above."

Kings Mountain Reviews

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Extremely steep. Good training climb. Make sure to bring layers, and gloves. Did this climb (I call it a climb because it's more that than a hike) in early April and there was a foot of snow at the peak. Wear good boots! Enjoy it.
We had picked this time to climb Mt Stuart but got weathered out by the coldest rainiest, foggiest week in August that I remember. So we did low altitude hikes and rock climbs instead. Had never done King's Mountain before. We caught a perfect 3 hour window (rain before, rain after). 2 hours up, 1 down. Pleasantly steep, great views, interesting cliffs (our dog was a tad too interested). Not for the casual hiker.
This trail was more difficult than we thought it would be. Since you have to gain so much elevation in such a short distance, the trail is almost straight up. Much of the trail is loose and difficult to get traction. Once you get to the picnic table (who carried that wood up...) you will likley be hurting. You are about 15 minutes of pain away from the summit of Kings mountain. The last 15 minutes has false summits, slippery trails, and is straight up. Due to the steep slippery trails, coming down is worse than going up. I have hiked most of the more difficult hikes is Oregon and Washington, and considering how short this hike is, it ranks as one of the more difficult. But the view was great, and pain builds character. Have fun!

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Trail Information

Jordan Creen
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Trail Type
Skill Level
4 hours
Late March to November
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Jun 2018