A Wildcat Mountain Escape

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Wildcat Mountain

Due to the coronavirus, many of the popular trailheads are closed. Thankfully, I know many obscure trails in the region.

For example, most of the potential outings in the Coastal Mountains are on logging roads. Many of the roads are closed by a gate, but accessible by hikers. And, because they are roads, it is easy to maintain six feet of distance from other hikers, if there are other hikers.

Typical of logging roads, there is a marker ever one-half mile.

Late in March, I decided to try 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.

In truth, it wasn’t a very exciting hike – – – the skies were dark with clouds, a little drizzle continued to fall, and the road steadily climbed until coming to a large rock quarry.

After exploring the area, I climbed a steep road 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.

Not the most Interestingly hike, but I got some fresh air and a good workout.

Small Cat at the rock quarry

The trailhead. I was the only vehicle and the only hiker.

What would have been a nice view over the small town of Buxton

A Skunk-cabbage bog


Lots of old, large stumps along the way

Trailhead sign

Bedraggled Trillium






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  1. I was wondering how the closures were affecting your hikes. Stay healthy.

    • Thanks Spencer. Living through this outbreak is an economist’s dream come true in some sense. We seldom get to see first hand how huge exogenous events dramatically reshape the economy. But I would like more access to hiking destinations. Be well, John

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