Elk Mountain and King’s Mountain loop General description: Steep climb up Elk mountain followed by rugged ridgeline traverse to King’s Mountain, culminating in a steep descent. Great sunny day, tons of snow on the ground. For the Elk Mountain hike, start just past the Elk Creek Campground. 10 miles; duration roughly about 6-8 hours.The terrain is rugged forcing a slower pace than the normal 3-mile per hour gait. Mazamas offers over 700 hikes and 350 climbs annually. The Mazamas, the mountaineering education nonprofit club formed at the summit of Mount Hood in 1894, offers its Around the Mountain supported hiking trips each Labor Day weekend. A variety of classes and activities are offered for every skill and fitness level and are open to both members and non-members. First Elk will kick your ass. The rope was put in by the Mazamas, a local climbing and hiking club that has adopted this trail for maintenance. Then you deal with the ups, downs and all-arounds to get to that junction. There are two trails out of the trailhead. Detailed 6 day mountain weather forecasts for climbers and mountaineers planning expeditions. It was 1.5 miles and a 1900 ft climb, which of course had to translate into a steep trail. Near the summit of Elk Mountain, looking west across the Tillamook State Forest. Elk Mountain is an American tomme-style cheese hailing from Oregon. Did the Elk Mountain - Kings Mountain traverse in the Spring of 2012 with my BCEP Team. The trail provides multiple sweeping vistas north and south along the Oregon Coast Range. The cheese is made from raw goat's milk and it's aged from 6 to 8 months. The trail is well marked and in good shape due to the efforts of the The last 3.5 miles is a roughly level trail paralleling the Wilson River and nearby highway. Attempted to do the Elk/King traverse but ran out of time. This particular trail is more or less maintained by the Mazamas. cmc56789 - Oct 8, 2003 1:26 am Route Climbed: elk mountain - kings mountain loop Date Climbed: February and Octaober 2003; April and May 2004 . That includes randomly choosing a trail to hike, and having it turn out to be packed with views, challenges, variety, and shared with a great hiking partner. Take the Elk Mountain/Wilson River Trail up past a sign. The volcano is in Klamath County, in the southern Cascades, 60 miles (97 km) north of the Oregon-California border. Came down via x-country travel and old forest roads. This Mazamas trail, about halfway between Tillamook and Forest Grove, is a great conditioning hike, with lots of steep climbing. The Elk Mountain to Kings Mountain Loop is something else entirely. Elk Mountain climbs steeply from Oregon Highway 6. Underneath its natural Honey Wheat Ale-rubbed rind, the texture is dry, smooth, firm, dense, and open. I chose Elk Mountain because it appeared to be a relatively short but challenging hike to the summit which I could pull off with an afternoon start. I love being surprised, and that goes for just about anything. Mountain (climbing) weather forecasts for 2 elevations of Mount Mazama, Cascade Range, Pacific Coast Ranges, United States. There is a box at the summits of both Elk and Kings Mountains where you should kindly sign the Mazama guest register. Hiked it with a group of Mazamas. The road continues over a bridge to a parking area. Mount Mazama (Giiwas in the Native American language Klamath) is a complex volcano in the state of Oregon, United States, in a segment of the Cascade Volcanic Arc and Cascade Range.Most of the mountain collapsed following a major eruption approximately 7,700 years ago. The Mazamas volunteer on the 25K course, helping racers via fixed ropes at the top of Elk mountain and on Kings mountain.