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Attempting to bushwhack in the Coastal Mountains is a humbling experience due to the dense rainforest environment. Consequently, most of the potential hikes are on logging roads. Many of the roads are closed by a gate, but accessible by hikers.
On the first weekend of January, I did a 10-mile out-and-back hike to the top of Wildcat Mountain. As the crow flies, the summit is about 30 miles west of home.
The skies were dark with clouds, heavy fog was reducing visibility to less than 100 yards, a little drizzle continued to fall, and the road steadily climbed until coming to a large rock quarry.
The upper area was an active logging operation, but shut down for the weekend.
After doing some exploration, I climbed a steep track to the summit.
If the clouds hadn’t been so thick, the views would have been very nice of the Buxton area all the way to the Willamette Valley.