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Howard King Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

4.6 mile 7.4 kilometer point to point
84% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 457' 139 m
Descent: -1,362' -415 m
High: 1,710' 521 m
Low: 369' 112 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 31% (17°)

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Trail shared by Miguel Vieira

Work your way up to a sunny ridge and then head down to the forested Waddell Creek.

Miguel Vieira

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Description

From Middle Ridge Road, climb slightly to Hihn Hammond Road. The singletrack, Howard King Trail, weaves around the unpaved Hihn Hammond Road for about a mile and a half before finally joining it for another half mile. The trail then leaves the road for a two-mile descent to the Skyline to the Sea Trail and Waddell Creek.

Flora & Fauna

You'll find all of Big Basin's ecosystems on this trail: old-growth redwood forests, pine forests, and chaparral.

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The Howard King Trail offers gorgeous views looking out to the Pacific Ocean over Big Basin's lush forests.
Feb 1, 2017 near Boulder…, CA
Overlook from the Howard King Trail.
May 30, 2017 near Boulder…, CA
Overlooking the ocean from the Howard King Trail
May 30, 2017 near Boulder…, CA
View of the ocean from Mt. McCabe Overlook.
Feb 16, 2019 near Boulder…, CA

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