You can start this loop at either the Elk Creek Trailhead or the Kings Mountain Trailhead and you can go clockwise or counter-clockwise (although counter-clockwise is more popular as it has you ascending Elk Mountain as opposed to descending it). To save the 3.5 mile Wilson River Trail return, you could do a car shuttle. 

The trail is is steep and rugged in many spots. The trail off the summit of Elk Mountain is a bit exposed and can be challenging in winter conditions. Along the traverse to Kings Mountain there is a fixed line in one place to protect on particularly exposed section.

This trail is not for the beginner hiker. '

Activity Notes

Ascend Elk Mountain, traverse to Kings Mountain, and descend to Wilson River return trail to complete counter-clockwise loop. This steep, strenuous hike in the Tillamook State Forest will take place on Easter Sunday amid sunny weather pushing 60 degrees. So the weather will be ideal, and we shouldn't face trail crowding. Hikers will be considered once we reach a minimum party size of 3. 

Other Information
Driving Distance from Portland 60 miles
Driving Time from Portland 1 hours
Distance - Round Trip 11 miles
Expected Duration Car to car in one day
Awards Qualified Awesome Ridges Award
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