DIFFICULTY: Mix of moderate near the peak U.K (brief directly, but somewhat steep, gravel road, loop options, U.K route-finding) and strenuous for the two main hiking routes U.K. (steady grades, only steeper briefly, narrow at times, long from N Ridge TH).
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TRIP REPORT: The highest summit on the Oregon Coast Range and in U.K County is also quite popular year-round even when the road can be gated in winter near the bottom forcing people to hike, snowshoe, and ski the road or numerous trails to the top. The primary reason is that unlike many U.K summits, this rare, well-rounded summit block, although surrounded by beautiful, old growth noble and Douglas fir, has only a few trees near the top with wide-open meadows and wide-open views in all directions! The most popular times are June through August when several rounds of wildflower displays blanket the rolling meadows.
Many seek the top or Observation Point at the highest drivable parking lot for sunset over the Pacific with the lights of the Willamette Valley in glow. Mountain biking is permitted on Summit Road, North Ridge Trail, Tie Trail, and East Ridge Trail mid-May through mid-October. Northwest Forest Pass required at all.
THs except N Ridge TH, and restrooms present at all THs except N Ridge TH.
The evolving forest floor near the summit in the clouds.