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I always enjoy a mid-winter hike. This one had a big plus in its favor – – – It is easily accessible.
In fact, I parked right off Highway 26 on the side of a logging road.
There is a locked gate on the logging road, but the area is accessible to hikers by a free recreational permit.
It is not a very long hike at 5 1/2 miles round-trip, and follows logging roads for its entire length. But, it is steep and rocky in places.
The hike ended after a short climb to the 2,500-foot summit with some microwave equipment. I would have been treated to some of the best views in Northwest Oregon, but I was smack dab in the middle of a fog bank. In fact, it was foggy, cold and drizzly for the entire hike. I felt like I was trying to take photos on a film noir set.
Oh well, it gives me an excuse to return soon.