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King-Castle Trail

Beginning Elevation: 1,200 Feet (374.1 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Elevation Gain: 1,200 Feet (374.1 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 2,400 Feet (748.1 Meters)
Length: 11 Miles (18.33 Kilometers) King-Castle Trail: 3 miles from King-Castle Trailhead to Viewpoint; 4 miles to Castle Rock Trail No. 3506. Castle Rock Trail: 1 to 4 miles depending on access point.

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General Description

The King-Castle Trail (#4326)/ Castle Rock Trail (#3506) is an 11 mile moderate to difficult collection of trails. Right from the Trailhead, the King-Castle Trail begins to climb. It winds through a two mile section of dense, old-growth Douglas fir forest, ending on the landing of an abandoned logging road, offering a view of the Three Sisters. From here you can turn back, or continue on up an old road that has been closed to vehicle traffic to tie in with the Castle Rock Trail. To continue, follow the road approximately 1/2 to Road 480. Turn right on the road to access the trail located on the left road shoulder. Follow the trail another mile to the junction with the Castle Rock Trail. You can then climb to the top of Castle Rock, about 1-1/2 miles from the King-Castle Trail junction. The remains of an old fire lookout can still be found on Castle Rock, as well as a panoramic view of the McKenzie River Valley and Cascade Peaks. Trail park Passes are required to park at all trailheads accessing this trail system.

Directions from Springfield: Drive on Highway 126 for 2 miles to Horse Creek Road 2638. Turn left and follow this road about 2 miles to King Road (No. 2639). Take King Road approximately 3.5 miles to the trailhead.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Year-round (NOTE: Recommended season is late Spring to late Fall.) .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking King-Castle Trail
ICON Horseback Riding
ICON Mountain Biking This trail system offers a variety of loop options, combining a challenging single track route along the King Castle and Castle Rock Trails, as well as sections of one-lane gravel roads. For a most difficult ride, begin your trip at the King-Castle Trailhead and proceed up the Trail. For an easier ride, reverse your direction of travel: park your vehicle at the trailhead and ride down King Road another 2 miles to Road 410. Turn left on 410 and ride 1-3/4 miles to Road 411. Turn left onto Road 411. The lower trailhead is located about 2-1/4 miles up this road. It is located on the left. This is the beginning of the Castle Rock Trail.

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Willamette National Forest, 211 East 7th Avenue , Eugene, OR, 97440, Phone: 541-465-6521


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