From the Kings Trailhead the loop begins at the Wilson River-Kings Mt Trail Junction. I ran the loop clockwise, going up to Kings Mt, to Elk Mt, then closing the loop via Wilson River Trail.
This was my third time running the loop and just about the prettiest I’ve ever seen it with all the flowers and mist. This was my first time testing speed/strength on trails in a while, as I’m usually too afraid of falling or doing something dumb to run very fast. Today I was especially careful in the more tricky downhill sections, which probably cost me some time, but I cranked it up on the initial ascent to Kings and had fun letting loose in the last relatively flat miles along Wilson River Trail.
My approach was from the Kings Trailhead and then I took a lap split at the Wilson River-Kings Mt Trail Junction to mark my official start. I ran the loop clockwise, going up to Kings, to Elk, then closing the loop via Wilson River Trail. I took my lap split again at the same intersection where I started for a time of 2:25:27. On the official Strava segment it shows my time as 2:25:45 for some I reason, but I went with my manual split from the beginning/end at the intersection since that would be more accurate.