Kings Mountain Climber's Log
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|lostman||Route Climbed: Elk/Kings Combo Date Climbed: March 2003|
|An exciting Coast Range hike. These mountains feel surprisingly big and the trails are plenty steep. Some of the prettiest spots were on the trail connecting the two mountains at their bases. In 2002 my girlfriend lost a pair of thick black-framed glasses somewhere near the summit. On the off chance that someone finds them...|
|Posted Jul 7, 2004 2:08 pm|
|Soup||Route Climbed: main trail of Kings Date Climbed: February 2002|
|On my way into P-town late on a Friday night, I hiked on up and bivied by the picnic table just before the clearing. Had a light dusting of snow in the middle of the night.|
Got up before dawn and it was socked in fog 360 degrees. Hoofed it down to find a large herd of elk crossing the trail in the dawning sun... I yielded the right of way.
I was Portland in time to eat pancakes with the family.
|Posted May 19, 2004 3:42 pm|
|jtschanz||Route Climbed: Trail Date Climbed: March 28, 2004|
|Nice quick hike for a bit of exercise on a Sunday afternoon. This trail is steep!! The lower woods were very green with some small wildflowers just starting to bloom, but on the summit there were still little patches of snow. Didn't have enough time to do the whole Kings Mtn - Elk Mtn traverse but would like to check it out sometime.|
|Posted Mar 29, 2004 11:00 am|
|jhalz||Route Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: 12-14-2003|
|It was like walking through a cold shower 3/4 of the way up. The Last 1/4 we were greeted by constant snowfall. Nothing like getting soaked to the bone then hanging out in the snow.|
|Posted Mar 17, 2004 9:55 am|
|Kevin Seal||Route Climbed: Kings Mountain Trailhead Date Climbed: Feb. 3, 2004|
|Day started out nice, but about half way up, it started raining in a constant, oregon coast drizzle. There was snow for probably the last 1000 vertical feet, with about 6-8 inches on the top. This made the descent a little hairy, but definitely provided adventure. Fogged in at the top, I'm sure there are fantastic views when they are visible. Overall, a good winter conditioning hike.|
|Posted Mar 11, 2004 4:49 pm|
|cmc56789||Route Climbed: Elk Mountain - Kings Mountain loop, standard trail, kings junior, east ridge Date Climbed: 13 times since August 2002|
|August 2002- My first hike in Oregon. Did kings mountain trail up and back on a cloudy day with minimal views.|
October 2003 - I did this solo from the top of elk mountain in the rain, which made for some interesting situations in some of the steep parts, especially in some of the cliffier areas. This was my second summit of king's mountain and i would highly reccomend doing the traverse over doing the standard route, as the most fun parts were between the two peaks. As much as the rain made it harder it was still nice to have the two mountains all to myself.
April 2004 - I did the traverse solo again, but this time The rain turned to a mix of hail and snow on the section between the 2 mountains. Pretty fun but no views.
May 2004 - My fourth time on top. Took Michelle Dechesser, and finally had a nice view of Mt. Hood from the top. We saw 2 other hikers. Lots of wildflowers in bloom. Great Hike.
December 2004 - Did the Kings mountain Junior variation on a very windy day. Interesting perspective, but not much of a view.
July 11, 2005 - Took the east ridge. As usual , it rained making for no photography luck. Most fun route to the top so far, but I still havent done coxcomb yet. ... maybe next time. Had the whole mountain to myself. Lots of wildflowers. Still had some daylight to kill afterwards, so I hit hit beach before heading back to Portland.
August 23, 2005 - Took the east ridge once agian, but on a relatively clear day... my second out of seven on this mountain. Very fun route, and Nice views!
January 2, 2006 - Took the "Candy Ass Trail" up Kings Junior on a rainy day, by the time I got to Kings summit, I had seen rain, snow, sun, and a rainbow.
March 20, 2006 - Once again, I took the Kings Jr. loop, but this time took the newly maintained steeper trail up the ridge to Kings Jr. Pretty cloudy, and some raindrops, but no wind made for a pleasant day. About 6 inches of snow on top of Kings.
|Posted Oct 8, 2003 1:34 am|
|climberkristin||Route Climbed: Kings Mtn Trail Date Climbed: Spring 2003|
|Great afternoon hike to a viewfest and sunshine at summit. If others take dogs up there I would advise leashing them sometime shortly after the picnic table near summit, there are some big drop-offs that could easily swallow a fluffy critter.|
|Posted Sep 4, 2003 1:23 pm|
|nickshilman||Route Climbed: Kings Mountain Trail Date Climbed: July 17th, 2002|
|Nice hike for an afternoon. Trail is steep in some areas. Near the top you can get to the edge of a few nice size cliffs with lookouts to the northwest (I think), be careful though. Beautiful view of Cascade mountains, and you can see the Pacific as well.|
|Posted Jul 10, 2003 3:33 pm|
|K Williams||Route Climbed: Kings Mtn. Trail Date Climbed: 1/10/03|
|Great hike, had the best weather one could ask for. Blue sky's, a little windy on top, but didn't stop me from having lunch with a view. No summit log to sign in on?? Trail conditions were good, with only 1 tree over trail (that I can remember).|
|Posted Jan 13, 2003 6:28 pm|
|rpc||Route Climbed: Kings Mtn. Trail Date Climbed: Many|
|More ascents: notch. notch. notch.|
Hiked it with Shirley in miserable weather. Started out as a drizzle and turned into a downpour with high wind gusts. Nice short and fairly steep hike. The views are probably nice from the top but we saw relatively little. To our surprise there was NO trace of snow anywhere!
|Posted Jan 11, 2003 8:21 pm|
|Brian Jenkins||Route Climbed: Elk/Kings Mountain Combination Trail -- Kings Mtn Trail Date Climbed: Multiple |
Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2001
|6/30/01-Great hike from the summit of Elk Mountain. Steep scramble down off that one to a rocky hogback in a forest to the cliffs along the horseshoe. Had lunch on a cliff with my feet dangling over the side. Trail went behind the pinnacles into an area overgrown with salmonberry and got a tick on me there. Bushwhacked my way to the summit of Kings Mountain and signed the summit register. Came down the Kings Mountain Trail to Wilson River Trail and back through a swampy area to a sunny cliff where another tick got on me (I HATE those things). Finally made it back to my car as the chafing began from my sweaty cotton undergarments. Felt beat up afterwards but it was cool to complete this double summit hike.|
5/8/05-Skies stopped the rain for a couple hours to let me do this one dry. Up from the Kings Mountain Trailhead in 1 hr 10 mins. New register box up top but the tube itself was too tight to open. Nice flowers in the clear spots up top. Great day.
2/5/06-Started early as I wanted to do two peaks today. A short while in to the hike I heard what sounded like someone yelling below me. Shortly after there were many yells and I realized it was a pack of coyotes whooping it up down there. Up in an hour and a half, maybe an inch of snow up top. Down in an hour, nice hike up into the sun. On to Neahkahnie after this.
1/21/07 Up in about an hour and a half again. Back shortly after. Great winter morning.
3/4/07 With Annie, her first time up. Lotsa snow. Good food and beer after in Helvetia. Great morning.
March 2009 with Luna-fun in the snow. That dog loves to eat snow.
1/24/10 Up the Coronary Ridge route. Not worth it in my opinion. Too slow on an old road due to constant blowdown. A lot of confusing tape on the trees due to logging/timber interests. Looks like it will all be clear cut soon anyway. Hope not. The tape is not marking trails but logging boundaries, hard to tell where I was to go. Just before the old road ends, there is too much blowdown on it and it looks impassable. I followed what looks like an older fainter road around to the right that leads back to the main road around the blowdown. Pay close attention to the route page, it is accurate. Where the road ends and there is a talus/scree field being overgrown on the left, head that way on a faint ridge that turns into a path higher up. That is the correct way to meet up with the Wilson River Trail that shortly meets the Coronary Ridge route on the right. From there on, it's straightforward. Don't think I'll go that way again. It's not shorter and takes way too much time unless you really want the solitude.
7/18/10 With Luna. Up in 1 hr 20 minutes, down in an hour. Warm and sunny. Japanese couple up top and he kept shooting snot out of his nostrils and farting loudly while she was doing deep knee bends. Was very odd.
5/2014 Up and down for a quick bit of exercise
8/17/14 Did two laps on the mountain today in 80+ degree temps to get over 5000 feet. First lap, up in 1 hr 18 mins, down in 50 mins. Second lap -- uh -- not as fast. Somewhere between 1h30m and 1 hr 45 mins up and about 50-55 down. People were looking at me weird for doing it twice. Lots of dogs on the mountain today.
3/29/15 With Sue. Started at Kings TH then over to Elk. Then did the traverse over to Kings. Car to car in 5 hrs 30 min. Kinda tired now.
6/27/15 With Luna. Trying to beat the 100 degree heat in Portland. Full alpine pack training, no trekking poles. Still was about 80 and humid. Up 1:37, down under an hour.
|Posted Feb 20, 2002 8:55 pm|