hiking
23 hours ago

The trailhead parking at the Elk campground was closed so we had to park before the gate and walk and extra 1/4 or so. My alltrails recording had a total of 12.2 miles for this loop. My Apple health said 9.6 miles. Either way, the 7.4 that's listed is off it's closer to 9 miles. Also no pen at the top to sign the logbook so bring your own. Otherwise, it's a beautiful hike with some great scenic view points.

hiking
muddy
1 day ago

Very steep near the end. Would definitely recommend poles, though I was able to make it without. I wouldn’t recommend bringing dogs, especially as the day goes on and the trail gets busier.

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bugs
scramble
1 day ago

Awesome hike, epic views ! It’s definitley not a joke in difficulty either it’s pretty steep heading up and there’s scramble towards the top so tread carefully. View at the top made it all worth it, wildflowers are aplenty now too. Really a dope sight to enjoy. Enjoyable in any condition!

beautiful view, totally worth the hike!

hiking
muddy
rocky
3 days ago

This was the hardest hike I’ve done so far. If you’re looking to challenge yourself and reward yourself with a beautiful scene at the top then this trail is definitely for you. Be prepared for rock climbing. Poles are suggested, it makes it a bit easier.

on Kings Mountain Trail

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muddy
rocky
4 days ago

Brutal but fun hike! A few muddy spots today but generally dry and well-kept trail. Plenty of rocks and tree roots to pick over up the steep incline, but well worth the thigh-burner with spectacular views at the top! Wildflowers currently blooming, as well. Would not recommend for small children or dogs.

Steep incline up. Amazing views make it worth the climb. Lots of wildflowers at the top. Easy to access the trailhead.

It was 6.5 miles to get from the footbridge to Keenig creek campground. Had to walk on side of the road on the way back due to time constraints (wasn’t expecting it to be that long!)

It was a work out to get to the top but it was worth it! We got to the parking lot at 6am and only 3 other cars were parked. We never saw anyone going up the trail but going down we ran into quite a few people.

hiking
6 days ago

6.0 miles from the parking lot to summit and back not the 4.6 like all trails says. Also recorded 3200ft elevation instead of 2500. Overall a great hike though and a must do on a clear day!

Hiked with my partner today. It was her first time. It is a bit muddy and crowded. The flowers at the top were nice. Overall, we had fun. I wouldn’t say it is difficult personally. Some people might find it so, due to some steep terrain and rocks.

hiking
muddy
over grown
rocky
scramble
8 days ago

Wow, great hike. Started at 9am, 3rd car in the lot. Finished at 2pm, lot was packed. Go clockwise! Going the other direction would be miserable. Clockwise starts with a steep climb and some scrambles. Looks like 2000ft of elevation gain in the first 2 miles. Killer views on this portion. After that it's easy rolling hills and and a gentle, but long treck down. Gate is closed so you have to park in the lot right off the highway. This adds a bit to the hike--our total distance was almost 11miles. Also, seriously think twice before bringing your dog on this hike and DEFINITELY GO CLOCKWISE IF YOU DO. Our 60lb golden did just fine on 95% of the hike, but there were some slippery moments for her, and I had to lift her up and over some rocks/scrambles. I don't think we would've made it had we gone in the opposite direction.

This is a VERY hard hike. I thought myself a prepared hiker and I was sorely mistaken. I made it to the top, and of course back down, and it was beautiful and worth it. But prepare yourselves for this hike. Steep climbs, long stretches of steep incline, and quite a few rocks to traverse.

hiking
12 days ago

beautiful hike. one hell of a workout. so steep! but the flowers at the top are in bloom and even on a cloudy, rainy day like today there was plenty to look at. couldn't see the mountains because of the clouds, but it was still stunning. it looked like the rest of the world failed to load. I highly recommend this hike, but be prepared to sweat like crazy!

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muddy
13 days ago

Sunday by 0830 the small trail head parking lot was full. Bathrooms are closed, there is some toilet paper left behind on the trail :( Flowers are starting to bloom at the top.

Great hike with stunning views. Prepare for a leg workout as the incline is fairly steep. There was a good variety of wildflowers and mushrooms along the trail. Definitely will do this one again.

hiking
15 days ago

It was a good hike. Trail was good weather was nice and not to many people

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
15 days ago

Trails.com said ‘hard’. The sign at the bottom said ‘difficult’. Put them together and there you have it. 2.5-miles of 3000 ft elevation gain. Oh yeah, don’t forget the downhill! Basically stair stepper workout. I didn’t see the view due to cloud cover but what I did see was impressive. Well maintained trail but had some washout type areas. If your not in relatively good hiking shape, try something else.

hiking
17 days ago

This is one of the hardest hikes I’ve done! Steep trail for the most part, but serves as a GREAT workout. If you’re looking for a sweat and some beautiful, green rolling mountains... I highly recommend!!

hiking
rocky
scramble
19 days ago

hiking
20 days ago

Great butt kicker, great views :)

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