King Mountain (9-09-09)
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'