King-Castle Trail is a 9.1 mile out and back trail located near Blue River, Oregon that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Directions from Springfield: Drive on Highway 126 for 2 miles to Horse Creek Road 2638. Turn left and follow this road about 2 miles to King Road (No. 2639). Take King Road approximately 3.5 miles to the trailhead.
A beautiful hike thru the lush forest surrounding McKenzie Bridge/Rainbow that rewards you at the top of Castle Rock with a birds-eye view of the McKenzie River Valley. With all the trees below, it's tough to make out much more than the golf course and some of the homes, but it's still a sweeping view and the hike up really makes you feel like you accomplished something. Despite the climb, whoever routed this trail did a nice job because it's difficult without being overwhelming and it took only about 2:10 to get to the top. One final warning: Keep an eye out for mosquitos in spring. Oops, almost forgot - light crowds.