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TurboRoute Climbed: Kings Mountain Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2006

Turbo

I've been to the top several times before. Once was in the snow, the other in the rain. This time the weather was perfect and the view amazing. This hike is a great workout.
Posted Jun 22, 2006 2:31 am

OJ LoennekerWet and Foggy  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 14, 2006

OJ Loenneker

Wet and foggy day. No veiws from the summit... Decided not to do loop, because of the rain, and the steepness of the pinacle area, and hiked Elk Mnt. seperatly on the same day.
Posted Jun 17, 2006 7:50 am

Mr. ClamRoute Climbed: East Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 29, 2006

Mr. Clam

Climbed with Infected Mushroom, no views do to poor weather but still a great hike.
Posted May 2, 2006 12:02 am

Infected MushroomRoute Climbed: East Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 29, 2006

Infected Mushroom

Hiked up the east ridge to summit in a thick mist, next morning hiked up the King's mtn trail for the elk/kings combination trail.
Posted May 1, 2006 2:17 am

AeldrinRoute Climbed: Kings Mountain Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 5, 2003

Aeldrin

Climbed as part of the Mazamas AYM conditioning series. There was a lot of snow on the ground, which actually made the descent easy as you could just slide down some of the descents. A lot of fun!
Posted Apr 24, 2006 2:07 am

thetathreesSaw the Easter Bunny at the top!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 16, 2006

thetathrees

Wonderful Easter hike as a conditioner for the Mazamas' BCEP program. The hike leader, one other student and I made it through the top, kick-stepping the first tracks through a foot and a half (!!) of brand-new powdery snow (it seemed plenty of other people were headed up later in the day, though). It was a beautiful wintry wonderland (in mid-April nonetheless). Had some beautiful blue sky sunbreaks along with some thick snowfall.
Posted Apr 17, 2006 6:59 pm

outdoorgirlKings Mountain trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 26, 2005

outdoorgirl

A little bit of fog and snow at the top. My first time here. Was excited to go on further to Elk Mtn, but with snow and late timing, must try again this summer!
Posted Apr 15, 2006 10:34 pm

gaclandKing's Mt. Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 26, 2006
Driving East on Hwy.6 to the trailhead the rain started dumping, after gearing up in the van, the rain all but stopped. Thank God.
When we stated the parking lot was empty, when we returned not a space available.

After 1500 feet we hit old snow and new snow started falling.
At the top, old bucket holes being covered by the dumping new snow made walking tricky.

The weather didn't keep us away, or the 15 people and 3 dogs we passed on our way down.

Great hike, going back to do the loop someday.
Posted Mar 30, 2006 12:29 am

awilsondcRoute Climbed: Kings Mountain Trail: May 2005  Sucess!

awilsondc

Decent little hike, one of my first after I moved to Oregon. Had great weather that day and the views from the summit were pretty good. Good hike to get you in shape.
Posted Mar 6, 2006 6:52 pm

rangermikeKings Mtn Trail, Coxcomb Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 15, 2006

rangermike

Great day on Kings Mountain. Cold, lots of snow, and killer views from Mt. Hood to the Ocean. Fresh cougar tracks in the snow just below the summit as well. There is a sign nailed to a tree pointing the way to the Coxcomb Ridge, so I headed that way on the way down. The sign is really more of a suggestion- not a real well-marked trail. By sheer luck, I made it to-and down- the ridge. What an amazing route! A little scary with slippery snow, and hard to find any trail but worth the effort.
Posted Feb 16, 2006 3:00 am

ReachandTreatRoute Climbed: Kings Mountain Trail Date Climbed: October 28, 2005  Sucess!

ReachandTreat

Climbed this mountain as a training hike for Hood. Quite an elevation gain in 3 miles. The weather was foggy, drizzly, and we couldn't see hardly anything from the summit. Guess I'll have to do it again when the weather gets nicer.
Posted Feb 8, 2006 11:32 am

burtonRoute Climbed: KMT trailhead to summit Date Climbed: January 23, 2006

burton

Great first hike of 2006. Took 3 hours to reach the summit, including a longish lunch at the picnic table. Great view from the top (see the photo page). I have hiked Kings perhaps 200 times and almost always summit in 2 hours but the wet winter has kept me indoors and I've gotten soft. :(

Coming down, we tried to find the Kings Mt. Jr. Trail, which intersects KMT at 2200 feet. We quickly became lost in the salal and Oregon grape and diffuse trails which weren’t marked in any way. Our next hike will be another attempt when there is more time to go exploring.

There were no wildflowers blooming. Got a shot of rock lettuce which was putting out its reproductive bodies.

I've pretty much adopted Kings mountain as my own personal project. I'm writing a book about its wildflowers (80 species, so far). Also, I would like to install a bench at the summit.
Posted Feb 4, 2006 12:37 pm

Karl HelserRoute Climbed: Kings Mtn Trail Date Climbed: November 26th 2005  Sucess!

Karl Helser

Colleen and I tried to burn off the extra calories taken in on Thanksgiving...

Started out a bit foggy but had a few breaks at the top. Never saw Elk Mtn from the summit. Had about 1 1/2" of snow from about 3000'

We'd have went on to Elk Mtn. but I have never done the whole loop and we got a late start so we went back to our hotel room in Lincoln City to watch the storms roll in...
Posted Nov 28, 2005 3:19 pm

DharmaBum1984Route Climbed: Kings Mountain Trail Date Climbed: May 7 2005  Sucess!

DharmaBum1984

Climbed this mountain as part three of a trilogy: Saddle Mtn., Neah-Kah-Nie, and Kings in a day. The line this trail takes is awesome--definitely a challenge after the first two mountains. I would recommend trekking poles if you value your knees.
Posted May 8, 2005 1:20 am

pdxdxRoute Climbed: Kings mt from base Date Climbed: Feb 24 2005  Sucess!

pdxdx

Great Day sunny & warm 1st time up the direct trail awsome trail
Posted Feb 26, 2005 12:14 am

rangermikeRoute Climbed: Trail Date Climbed: February 18, 2005  Sucess!

rangermike

Very nice day to be on this trail-warm, sunny, light breeze. Some snow near summit, but very little and not on the trail. Nice hike, always fun to hike a trail that was built before they invented switchbacks. By the way, Kudos to whoever did the whole Elk/ Kings Mtn. loop on mountain bikes. Awesome views from the Ocean to Mt. Hood.
Posted Feb 18, 2005 5:58 pm

fear n loathingRoute Climbed: Elk-Kings then back via Wilson River trail Date Climbed: Feb. 12th, 2005  Sucess!

fear n loathing

We thought we saw a mobile meth lab parked across from us at the trailhead starting out. Hike was cloudy, rainy, foggy, cold, etc. Getting up Elk is fun. Never allows you to develop a steady pace. Your heart rate is always going up & down making for good training. The U between is great. Pretty easy until you get closer to Kings & wrap along the backside of the ridge. If there's snow back there (like this time) you'll have a fun time crawling up it & sliding down it while reaching for anything to hold onto. Try not to slide off the edge in the snow, it's a long way down & taxpayers hate that stuff. Kings & down, no problem. Then just the long, never ending hike back to Elk trailhead after that. But you'll get an average workout in that portion. Saw no sasquatch this time. Suspected mobile meth lab was still there when we got back, but looked abandoned by it's 2 former operators. Thank God for CHL's & hi-cap mags.
Posted Feb 14, 2005 2:58 am

SoupRoute Climbed: Kings Mt. Trail Date Climbed: February 5, 2005  Sucess!

Soup

I hit the trail at 7:45 am and signed the summit log at 9:10 am; took some time at the summit to eat the rest of my Hostess Ho-Ho's, and was back at my truck by 10:10 am. Usually I'm not such a numbers guy, but I was on a timeline.

There was low fog resting in the Wilson River basin and a high smattering of clouds, allowing the sun to shine at the summit. It afforded views to the south and to the west, but obstructed everything else. Little to no wind was felt throughout the morning.

Snow dusting began showing up at about 2000 feet with about two to three inches of new at the summit. I didn't see anyone else on the trail, just a car at the trailhead when I returned.

I was in Tillamook by 11 am to eat at the Locomotion with old friends.
Posted Feb 7, 2005 12:32 am

fear n loathingRoute Climbed: Elk-Kings 12 mile loop Date Climbed: January 30, 2005  Sucess!

fear n loathing

Great day. Started at Elk, which was fun to say the least then wandered around the U to Kings. The U is the best part of the trip. Well worth it. Did not see any Sasquatch, but did see a Liger in a tree. I fought it off with my bow staff though. If you do the loop start at Elk and don't count on the Wilson river trail back to be as flat as it starts out. Also you'll find some Blair Witch-like rock piles on the U part.
Posted Jan 31, 2005 4:45 pm

Karl HelserRoute Climbed: Kings Mountain Trail Date Climbed: Jan. 30th 2005  Sucess!

Karl Helser

Summited at 10:00AM. Good conditioner......I was the first one up. Waited for two hours for someone else. Nobody! Passed ten people on my way down.
Posted Jan 30, 2005 8:00 pm

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