Kings Mountain

4 reviews #1 hike out of 104 in
3.3 mi
Distance
1 hrs 10 min
Time
terrain
2,448 ft
Elev Gain

Overview

This is a difficult one way trail in Tillamook State Forest.

This trail goes by Kings Mountain.

The Kings Mountain Trail heads relentlessly upward, but it is not generally as steep as the nearby Elk Mountain Trail. During the winter it can be snowy, and after rain it can be muddy and slick. For most of this hike, you're under the forest canopy, recovering from the Tillamook Burn in the 1930s, and views only open up once you get near the summit. In the spring (late May to early June) Kings Mountain features an abundance of wildflowers including beargrass, paintbrush, penstemon, phlox, and the rare phantom orchid.

Getting Started

There is trailhead parking for close to 20 vehicles, but on busy weekends, many people overflow and park along Highway 6. There is a pit toilet at the trailhead, but no running water.

To get to the Kings Mountain Trailhead, take Oregon Highway 6 between Portland and Tillamook.

Kings Mountain Trailhead is at milepost 25 (25 miles from Tillamook and 26 miles from the intersection of Highway 6 and Highway 26). The trailhead is well marked, right next to the highway. There is a parking area for about 20 cars.



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    3 months, 3 weeks ago
    Brutal up that you just need to grind out. The views and flowers are nice in the spring.
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    1 year, 8 months ago
    2.6 miles each way, really steep grades. I recommend trekking poles, especially when there is rain or potentially snow at the top as the way back down can be difficult.I loved this hike and would recommend it to anyone who can handle a more “backcountry” style trail.
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    6 months, 1 week ago
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Zuehlsdorf 3 years, 7 months ago
Kings Mountain (3/17/18, 10:46:06AM)
Low 40’s, misty, light snow/hail showers at the summit and no view. JZ, KZ
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