King Mountain, ON (9-09-09) - dwhike
King Mountain Summit - 1,850'

King Mountain is a rather obscure peak in the Algoma Highlands north of Sault Ste. Marie. I'm not sure where I first heard of it but it was rumored that there were some truly spectacular views from the top. After no small amount of searching, and a little outside help, I found that the peak was located adjacent to a local cross-country ski club known as Stokely Lodge. I set out on this 6-mile hike with high hopes of visiting yet another of Algoma's remarkable, open peaks.

Alas, this was not to be. You can't win 'em all I guess. The trails most of the way to the top were wide and fairly well-marked. The summit trail was another story. Listed as a 'backcountry trail' it was not really a trail at all. The final mile to the top turned into a bushwhack between vaguely marked trees. Finally, upon reaching the top I discovered that the 'sweeping views' amounted to a narrow overlook through the trees. Not quite the payoff I expected. Nevertheless, any chance to get out in the woods is great with me and I tried to make the most of my visit...


Trailhead GPS Coordinates:  46.786215, -84.353842


Hike Length: 6.0 miles                  Hike Duration: 3:00

Trailhead Temp: 75'F                    Trail Traffic:  1-5 people

Min. Elevation: 850'                       Max. Elevation: 1,840'

Total Vertical Gain: 1,000'             Avg. Elevation Gain / Mile:  167'