- Difficult (to Kings Mountain)
- 5 miles round trip
- 2780 feet elevation gain
- Difficult (to Elk Mountain)
- 3.2 miles round trip
- 2000 feet elevation gain
- Very difficult (both peaks)
- 10.9-mile loop
- 4100 feet elevation gain
Steep, rugged trails climb to sweeping Coast Range viewpoints atop Kings Mountain and neighboring Elk Mountain. In May and June, wildflowers brighten the upper ridges. Below, ancient snags and regrowing forests recall the Tillamook Burn fires of the 1930s and 1940s. For an athletic challenge, connect the two summits via a ridgecrest hiking route, partly on abandoned roads.
To find the Kings Mountain trailhead, drive …
To find the Elk Mountain trailhead, drive …
This chapter taken from the book 100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Oregon Coast & Coast Range.