King and Elk Mountain Loop
General Route Info
This is a great run. 10.76 miles long with 3940 feet total elevation gain over rocky, rooty, steep twisty trail!. Along the way you crest over Elk Mtn at 2788 ft and Kings Mtn at 3226 ft. You'll cover some neat terrain and at the higher elevations you have a reasonable chance of spotting elk.
There are a couple of sections which are kind of steep (and there is a caution sign on the trail). Because of this I would not do this hike if there is snow or it is icy. Also, while I took the wonder dog, cooper on this hike you might think twice about taking your dog. There were a number of spots where I had to push him up from behind.
Maps and Mileage
|Elk Campgrnd to Elk Mtn|
|Elk Mtn to King Mtn|
|King Mtn to Wilson Trail|
|Wilson River Trail|
Specific Route Info
Most of this run is along the ridge line between Elk and King Mtn. The trail is up at close to 3000 ft. I'd recommend doing the loop CCW. The section up Elk Mtn is quite steep and I'd rather trudge up this than try and run down it.
After summiting Elk you drop down the back side on one of the steep sections. Follow the trail along the ridge and it turns into a logging road. Take a left at the trail junction and head to Kings Mtn.
I'd bring a fair amount of water for this run. There is no place to get water on the route and it will take at least 4 hours to do the loop (8 to 10 hours for the typical hiker).
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