Hike begins at Kings Mountain trailhead. Instead of heading straight up Kings Mountain trail however, make a left onto Wilson River Trail. Follow this up about 1.8 miles to unmarked junction with Kings Junior trail. Follow Kings Junior trail steeply up to open area on rocky ridge crest. There are views south to the Moore and Ben Smith Creek drainages and a steep drop-off below. Burrow through Douglas-firs along the crest reaching a high point with no view, but there have been glimpses of the Kings Mountain summit and west ridge through the trees. At that point head steeply down before heading back up and connecting back to Kings Mountain Trail. Continue on the Kings Mountain trail to the summit. For return follow the Kings Mountain trail back to the trailhead.
Fully vaccinated hikers can meet in Target parking lot at 8AM for car pooling. Otherwise meet at Kings Mountain trailhead at 8:45.
|Driving Distance from Portland||35 miles|
|Driving Time from Portland||1 hours|
|Distance - Round Trip||5 miles|
|Expected Duration||Car to car in one day|
|Interesting Features||Creek(s), Ridgelines|