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Attempting to bushwhack in the Coastal Mountains of Oregon is a humbling experience due to the dense rain forest. Most of the potential hikes are on logging roads. Many of the roads are closed by a gate, but accessible by hikers.
In early December, 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 mostly cloudy with temperatures in the lower 30s. The weather forecaster predicted showers by noon and she was spot on.
The logging road steadily climbed until coming to a large rock quarry. The upper area had been an active logging operation, but appeared to have been shut down earlier in the fall.
After doing some exploration, I climbed a steep track to the summit.
I could see the hazy summits of Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams and Mt. Hood. The little town of Buxton was mostly covered in fog below me.
One of these times I’m going to be on the summit on a crystal clear day. The vistas would be magnificent.