Ascent of King Peak on 2013-03-24
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Sunday, March 24, 2013|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Hi-Clearance Vehicle|
| Elevation:||4088 ft / 1246 m|
Ascent Trip ReportDrove the standard approach to the trailhead from King Peak road. This is a dirt road with a few mildly difficult creek crossings. High clearance vehicles are recommended, but probably not necessary. The maintained King Peak road essentially ends at the signed trailhead for the Lightning Trail.
Trail was a bit vague in the beginning but becomes more clear after a few hundrend feet of walking. I reached a junction after 1 mile and took the right fork that follows the ridgline. The left fork also goes to the summit passing Maple camp along the way.
Reached the summit about a mile past the junction. Amazing views of the ocean and coastal range from the summit! I took the other trail down that goes by Maple Camp. This trail first follows the King Crest trail until a junction where one can take the trail to Maple camp and then back to the trailhead. This King Crest trail follows the crest south and looks like a worthy hike or backpack trip with wonderful views all along the way. Maple Camp just has a few campsites among the trees, but during early season there's a nice stream running through the camp. A couple people were camped there when I went by.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||1988 ft / 605 m|
| Extra Gain:||50 ft / 15 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||4 mi / 6.4 km|
| Route:||Lightning Trail|
| Trailhead:||Lightning Trailhead 2200 ft / 670 m|
| Grade/Class:||Class 1|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail|
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