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Length
3.8 miles
Elevation
1943'
Rating
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Trail Reports

  • Beth Dayton March 23, 2019 at 5:17 pmA volunteer work party (Scorpions and Salamanders from HCFV) started clearing 3/22/19. The density of deadfall from snow-mageddon is astounding----a jack-pot pile-up every 30-50 yards often making the trail unrecognizable, and passable only crawling under or over multiple tangled trees. About one mile was cleared, to a 60" old growth tree across the trail. Definitely not possible to bike or hike this trail yet.
  • BendTrails February 14, 2019 at 9:19 amThanks Ryan. That road name on the map comes from Google Maps. We'll report that it's not accurate — hope they'll update it for us.
  • Ryan Brown February 12, 2019 at 2:34 pmAlso, this map needs an update. O'leary road is 480 (2639480 for those that know FSR roads well), not the 482. FYI
  • Ryan Brown February 12, 2019 at 2:30 pmTrail is covered in deep (6"-8") wet/heavy snow with some dead-fall included. It's going to be a while before this is ride-able again - I'm a local in McK B
  • J.J. Johnston May 31, 2018 at 7:24 pmRode from King Castle TH up to the road. Trail is in perfect shape. All clear no trees down.
  • Rob Landauer April 26, 2018 at 8:31 pmPerfect Cascadia dirt! There's one large downed tree in the middle of the reroute. Other than that clear all the way to the summit!
  • Jamie Danek April 13, 2018 at 9:15 pmRode on April 4th, got to mile 4 and had to turn around due to timing. Trail was perfect!!!
 

Trail Description

Beginning at King’s Castle Trailhead, King Castle Trail #4326 travels south and east up the northern and eastern side of Castle Rock. The trail meanders uphill over several streams and through an old growth coniferous rainforest. The trail switches back in some steep sections, climbing to and crossing Forest Road 480 before heading west and ending at Castle Rock Trail #3506. — Description from the US Forest Service website.

Most people ride this trail as part of a clockwise loop with Olallie, O’Leary, Castle Rock and King Castle. That way you can climb a significant amount of road which will get you pretty high up on the loop before decending 100% singletrack. The full loop is over 30 miles and 6000+ ft elevation — so brace for a long day.

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Trail Reports » King Castle

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  1. Beth Dayton says:

    A volunteer work party (Scorpions and Salamanders from HCFV) started clearing 3/22/19. The density of deadfall from snow-mageddon is astounding—-a jack-pot pile-up every 30-50 yards often making the trail unrecognizable, and passable only crawling under or over multiple tangled trees. About one mile was cleared, to a 60″ old growth tree across the trail. Definitely not possible to bike or hike this trail yet.

  2. Ryan Brown says:

    Also, this map needs an update. O’leary road is 480 (2639480 for those that know FSR roads well), not the 482. FYI

    1. BendTrails says:

      Thanks Ryan. That road name on the map comes from Google Maps. We’ll report that it’s not accurate — hope they’ll update it for us.

  3. Ryan Brown says:

    Trail is covered in deep (6″-8″) wet/heavy snow with some dead-fall included. It’s going to be a while before this is ride-able again – I’m a local in McK B

  4. J.J. Johnston says:

    Rode from King Castle TH up to the road. Trail is in perfect shape. All clear no trees down.

  5. Rob Landauer says:

    Perfect Cascadia dirt! There’s one large downed tree in the middle of the reroute. Other than that clear all the way to the summit!

  6. Jamie Danek says:

    Rode on April 4th, got to mile 4 and had to turn around due to timing. Trail was perfect!!!

  7. Dziwei Chun says:

    Crazy perfect from the King Castle TH to NF 482 and back! ~2hrs with break at the turnaround.

  8. Erik Santner says:

    Rode an out and back from King Castle TH to Castle Rock/O’leary TH. Excellent conditions!! One down tree about 1/2 mile from King Castle TH.

  9. Tim Maddux says:

    Trees were clear as of the end of April (DoD Happy Ride). A little muck at the very bottom where the short bridges are, should be dried out after the recent heat wave.

  10. Joe Myers says:

    2 trees reported as down, but perfect conditions as of yesterday.

  11. Heidi H-P says:

    This trail was perfectly damp yesterday and so much fun!

  12. Jeff Johnston says:

    So good! We rode the loop encompassing the road climb/Ollalie/O’Leary/Castle Rock/King’s Castle on 6/11/16. What a way to end a big ride! Sicktastic!

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