A difficult but rewarding trail that has a great mix of terrain and some spectacular views at the top.

Statistics

5 - 6

hrs

1,824

m

1,824

m

24

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Difficulty

FATMAP difficulty grade

Severe

Description

If you're looking for a more challenging hike in Strathcona Provincial Park, Kings Peak needs to be on your to do list.

This trail has a great mix of terrain., You begin the trail with a short hike through the forest which will lead you to a logging road, this is where the real workout begins.

The trail continues past the logging road where you start to gain some serious elevation.

The trail through the treeline does have some switchbacks, but in other places it's extremely steep and may require some scrambling if you have a heavy backpack.

After gaining so much elevation hiking through the treeline, you will probably be questioning if it's all worth the effort(!) The good news is you will soon find yourself hiking through more mellow and scenic terrain as you head into the meadows.

You can make this into an overnight trip and camp at the meadows, which makes for a pristine campsite.

This is highly recommended to help break up the trip and to fully enjoy the experience this trail has to offer.

Keep in mind this is wild camping, so there are no facilities.

Practising "Leave No Trace" principles is essential here.

Climbing onto the ridge from the meadow is the most technically challenging part of this route.

The trail heads up a steep and loose drainage gully that can be a challenge to get up.

Hiking poles are highly recommended to help make this a little easier, but you will still have to scramble up the final section to gain the ridgeline.

Once you gain the ridge you can have a quick rest and admire the fantastic views you get from here.

The final push to the summit requires a little more scrambling in a few sections, but is well worth the effort for the views from the top.

After admiring the views from the summit of one of the tallest Peaks on Vancouver Island, it's time to retrace your steps and head back down.

This is a long day hike, so allow enough time to make it down before sunset.

The different terrain on this trail makes it feel like it's three hikes in one.

It has spectacular scenery all along the trail and although it's a big day hike, you will be glad you did it.