A Cold and Foggy Hike up Wildcat Mountain


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Wildcat Mountain

The Buxton area west of Portland was settled by Henry t. Buxton in 1884, and the town was named for his family, including his father, also named Henry Buxton, a pioneer of 1841. The small town is visible from the summit of Wildcat Mountain in the Coastal Range on a clear day.

In mid-November, I returned to the 10-mile out-and-back hike to the top of Wildcat Mountain. The trail consists of logging roads.

When I began the temperature was in the low 30s and there was heavy fog.

Maple leaves falling on the road

As I steadily climbed, I noticed the big-leaf maples had dropped most of the leaves, providing a colorful palette of colors on the trail.

After arriving at a large rock quarry, I climbed a steep road to the summit.

What would have been a nice view of the little town of Buxton far below was instead a lake of heavy fog. It gave a feeling of being on top of the world.

All in all, it was nice respite from the coronavirus outbreak.

Spring-board slot

Sword Ferns

Maple Leaves

Nursery stump

Trail to summit of Wildcat Mountain

Maple leaves on the trail

Trailhead

Little town of Buxton from the summit (taken on a previous hike)

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