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Awesome hike!!! Little sketchy on parts with mesh fencing put down on the trail, but overall pretty well maintained. Great views at the top!!!

Challenging, quiet and beautiful! Our Apple Watch showed 8.8 miles when we finished.

Go early to avoid a crowd at the top.

Fun trail. Strong climb. Well identified and guarded. Sturdy boots recommended and poles for those not-so-sure footed. Saw all 5 mountains at the top with even some high altitude cloud cover. The last third feels like you are in Scotland or Wales scenery wise.

hiking
8 days ago

I never get tired of this trail, it changes with the seasons. The Vine Maple is turning red now and there are a few wildflowers still blooming.

For a half-day fun near Seaside/Portland area, definitely do this hike. I did it with my partner, middle September and there were maybe five couples and a few solo hikers we encountered.

To get to the parking, it is 7 miles of long and windy, but well paved roads.

The hike is beautiful with the hardest part being the incline at the end. It is slightly deceiving because you hike up one mountain to view people at the top of the real peak. But at the top it is an unbelieveable site with ocean view, the state of Washington, and the mountains of northeastern Oregon.

Wore sneakers with good traction, did not need full hiking gear.

Side note, there are picnic tables scattered throughout so could just be a fun picnic hike as well.

hiking
12 days ago

Nice hike. Some beautiful views. Half the trail is very well maintained, the rest is roots and puddles. Went hiking on a rainy September day.

hiking
13 days ago

Did this trail with my dog and really enjoyed it. Not super difficult. The first 0.9 mi is up and down and then into tree stumps. The rest of the trail wanders in and out of beautiful forest, and the waterfall was a nice break. I saw only three other people on the trail, and the waterfall was empty for a good 45 minutes. The only downside is that the proximity of shooters is a little unnerving. I listened to gunshots the first 5 miles of the trail. After that it quieted down, but there were a few times that it felt too close for comfort.

hiking
16 days ago

Beautiful beach on the bottom. Relatively easy trail, not much variety though.

hiking
16 days ago

A really good all day hike if you like a challenge.

hiking
17 days ago

Such a wonderful hike. I think the last half mile is probably the most difficult part, but so worth the effort and sweat!

trail running
19 days ago

Whether hiking or running, I strongly recommend doing this loop clockwise (in reverse according to AllTrails). The first mile is extremely steep - approximately 1,500 feet of gain, much of it on very rocky terrain. While it is less physically taxing to descend this terrain it isn’t necessarily much easier to go down because of the technicality. It’s mostly non-runnable both up and down. After that, however, the 2nd mile is much easier and the third is totally runnable. You then get a nice easy 4 miles downhill to the parking lot. The last half mile is next to the river so you can cool off after a good effort on a hot day. The views aren’t awesome except during that first (or last) mile and at the peak of Elk’s but it’s a very peaceful and serene hike/run.

As many have said this is a strenuous hike. At this time it's very dry and skidding in the rocky dusty trail areas is very likely. Poles help a lot . Someone said when you reach a fork take the hard route. that is an unnecessary and slightly treacherous short cut

I really love this Trail. Great canopy, beautiful Lush Greenery, elevation, beautiful sights and sounds. Enjoy.

Good conditioning hike that is appropriately rated as Difficult. Trail is in decent condition barring two or three spots that have loose scree. Rainfall can make some sections dicey. Pleasant fern forest at the lower elevations followed by Alders and other mid-growth trees during the ascent. Saw Mt. Hood from the top and the surrounding Wilson River valley along with other peaks. Suggest taking at least 2 litres of water and hiking poles for the descent especially if the knees are troublesome. Not recommended for pets or children due to gradient.

This hike is filled with beautiful views of the ocean as well as the old growth forest. The trail has several areas where the tree roots are quite dominant creating steps in some places and obstacles in others. There are several quite muddy places that require some careful navigation. The only wildlife we saw on this particular day was a couple of snakes. The hike was lovely and enough of a challenge to be satisfying without being overly taxing.

hiking
22 days ago

I left a cool hiking stick at the trail head for someone to use.

I would highly recommend this hike. The views over the ocean are absolutely stunning. There are some very muddy spots that are not all that easy to traverse, but it's so worth it. I saw one guy trying to go through in flip flops, which I do not recommend. Appropriate water proof footwear is almost an Oregon coast must have. Also the parking lot was overflowing when I arrived about 11am. So, go early.

I started at King and went counter-clockwise. Very challenging but rewarding hike. 6 hours of adventuring. If you're a moderately experienced adventurer I would definitely bring a partner to join you since you go well into the Tillamook Forest and are unlikely to see any other hikers for hours (I went 4-5 hours without seeing anyone). I wouldnt dare try this one without poles since my calves strated cramping up by mile 7; I really relied on my upper body to help me muscle through and give my calves some support. Bring water, a bell, poles, and and adventurous attitude and you'll feel very accomplished when you hit Elk Summit, Kings Summit, and Kings Mt Trailhead.

This trail is so awesome. it goes up and down and flat. the trail is well marked and maintained. I only saw two other people. You will walk through all kinds of over grown forest and clear cuts and see lots of great colors and flowers and birds and wooden bridges and all kinds of creeks an the water fall is great. The only down fall is there is lots of bikers an shooters cuz ot is a multi use area the trail is separate from all the other activities. will do again.

24 days ago

Fantastic little hike. As the others have said, it’s quite muddy and therefore very slippery. We started at 8:30, and didn’t see another soul on the trail or at the beach. The tide pools were phenomenal. I have never seen so many starfish in one place. Once on the beach, if you go right to the rocks stay hugging the wall over the small gravel all the way until you get to the sandy part between all of the rocks. During low tide, you can walk all the way to the waters edge where all of the starfish are.

Great quick hike with views.

Very challenging hike, but great views!

This hike was okay, great views (even with the fog). But it was SO muddy, wear appropriate footwear, we were ankle deep in mud at a couple points through out the hike. Very crowded but that was expected close to the holiday weekend. We brought our two dogs who are well behaved and were leashes the entire time and encountered a couple off leash dogs, PLEASE keep your dog leashes.

Very muddy, but a great hike!

The view at the end makes it worth the long uphill hike. Def not easy but also not that bad. My 2 small dogs were able to do it with no problem and there were lots of kids on the trail. Recommend good hiking shoes. Lots of roots to climb over and a little muddy.

hiking
26 days ago

Sunset hikes at Saddle is a must! It is very challenging but it’s definitely worth the trek.

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