King Creek Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,079' 329 m
Descent: -246' -75 m
High: 9,562' 2,915 m
Low: 8,594' 2,620 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 32% (18°)
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“Follows beautiful King Creek to Ashley Lake with side trails to Fern and Anona Lakes.”— Lee Watts
The King Creek Trail drops slightly over 0.8 miles to the creek and trail coming from Fern Lake. Fern Lake is only a short distance away. It has good campsites and a small beach on the southwest shore. The King Creek Trail continues a gentle descent past several wet meadows and ponds for another mile, until it reaches the creek coming from Anona Lake at the spot where it flows into King Creek. You'll have dropped a total of only about 150 feet from the Summit Meadow Trail. From there, make a moderately steep climb for 0.8 miles across open rocky slopes with views of the almost continuous cascades of King Creek.
Crossing King Creek will require wading during the early snow melt, but this is usually not a major difficulty. Just across the creek is the junction with a trail that leads to the Beck Lake Trail. Turn left, following the stream, and make a moderate uphill climb for the next 0.75 miles to the junction with the trail to Holcomb Lake.
Continue following King Creek until the trail disappears. From there, you can easily pick a path across the rocky basin until you reach Ashley Lake, as long as you don't drift too far from the creek. There are few good campsites at the lake, but there are great views towards Iron Mountain and its glacier. It is much more scenic than Holcomb Lake.
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