The King-Castle Trail, which follows a stream mostly up, up, and up through the forest, rewards your efforts with a panoramic view of the McKenzie River Valley and the magnificent Cascade peaks sprinkled like frosted gems along the spine of Oregon.
To get there, cross the covered bridge at Rainbow and take a left on East King Road, you’ll find the King-Castle Trail (#4326) just a mile down the road on the right. Park and start climbing. A moderate-to-difficult trail lies in front of you, winding upwards two miles before you pop out onto an abandoned logging road. Here you’ll be justly rewarded with a magnificent view of the Three Sisters (Faith, Hope and Charity). When the sun hits the damp trees on this climb, a mist arises, providing an otherworldly scene around you. So quiet it is, you’ll hear only the beat of your heart as it matches the cadence of your footsteps.
Game for more? From nearby Road 480, you can link to the Castle Rock Trail (#3506), which will take you to the top of this hidden world.
Link to Map.
-- Kyla Merwin