Douglas Trail #781
ElevationAscent: 2,579' 786 m
Descent: -537' -164 m
High: 4,387' 1,337 m
Low: 1,978' 603 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 26% (14°)
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“Douglas Trail takes you to the peak of Wildcat Mountain and continues on to Huckleberry Mountain.”— Kathleen Walker
The trail starts with a series of 6 switchbacks and then along a traverse upslope until about mile 1.5 when the trail comes to an old closed Forest Road #255. Follow the road for about 1/2 mile until it drops down off the hill to your right. Then the trail follows along the lip of the canyon with occasional views into Eagle Creek Canyon below until it comes to a large rock quarry. This rock quarry used to be trailhead parking for the east half of Douglas Trail, but target shooting and dumping made it unsafe. The Forest Service closed it and volunteers helped build a 1/2 mile Douglas Tie Trail for alternative trailhead parking.
For a shorter run up to Wildcat Mountain, park at this trailhead off of Wildcat Road (FR 3626). Turn right on Forest Road 3626-105 to the trailhead. Run the 1/2 mile Douglas Tie Trail to the rock quarry skirting the far right (west) of the quarry, and you'll pass the intersection with the lower part of Douglas Trail. Turn left (east) at that intersection and climb along the lip of the canyon with stellar views south including Mt. Jefferson.
The trail heads into the woods and starts climbing to the peak of Wildcat Mountain. Soon, you pass the intersection with the McIntyre Trail #782 on your left (north). Continue climbing to the top of Wildcat Mountain and run a short trail off to the right to check out the remnants of the old fire lookout. It offers views of Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams although the surrounding forest is reclaiming the mountaintop. The trail then drops slightly before it climbs towards the ridge of Huckleberry Mountain and ends at the intersection with the Plaza Trail #783.
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