Ascent of Wildcat Mountain on 2009-03-27

Climber: Edward Earl

Date:Friday, March 27, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Wildcat Mountain
    Elevation:1760 ft / 536 m

Ascent Trip Report

From US-26 just SE of Manning, I turned W on Hayward Rd, which is initially paved but becomes well-graded gravel after 0.4 mile. 3.5 miles from the highway, the road makes a sharp turn L at a yellow house on the R. Just past the yellow house is a gravel side road on the R. This side road immediately splits into two branches. The L branch has a mailbox and is probably a private drive; the R branch goes through a locked unsigned gate where the only identification is a fiberglass wand with "BA200" on it. On the inside of the sharp L in the main road is an open grassy field with a lone tree in the middle. I parked my truck by the side of an overgrown track leading into the field.

I hiked the R branch of the gravel side road, hopping the gate. The map and the field agreed until I reached the junction at (45.6580N, 123.2365W); this is the one on the W side of section 18 just below the "R" in Road. At this point the main road continued W and turned N, but I saw no sign of any road heading S as shown on the topo map. After several passes over the point where the junction should be, I finally saw what looked like a clearing in the treetops of the forest uphill to the S. I bushwhacked in that direction, and in less than 50 feet, voilà! I intercepted an overgrown, bermed road bed which headed in the right direction. After a few more minutes, I reached Junction 1391 at a saddle. It was a 4-way junction, with the L and R branches being a good gravel road, and the straight-ahead branch was mostly dirt with short grass beginning to grow on it, though it still could be driven if necessary. I hiked this road as it traversed up the W side of the N-S ridge that is Wildcat Mtn. At ~1740', the road gains the crest of the ridge and ends at a large level turnaround surrounded by dirt piles. There is an open view to the E, which probably includes Mt Hood on a clear day. Actually, the road doesn't quite end here; an overgrown road bed continues N up the summit ridge. I took this road and arrived at the summit is a few more minutes. The highest ground is a small rotten stump covered with honeysuckle vines about 15' off the L side of the road.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:460 ft / 140 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km
    Trailhead:Hayward Rd  1300 ft / 396 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 

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