The eastern section of this trail enters the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness. Views from the ridge along Wildcat Mountain are outstanding. This is a less visited trail so solitude is easier to find.
This trail begins at Plaza Trail #783 and ends at the road to Eagle Creek. Parking at the Upper Douglas Trailhead (old Wildcat rock pit) at 3600’ elevation puts you in the middle of the Douglas Trail. Going eastward the trail climbs a newly reconstructed route along a forested ridge to McIntyre Ridge Trail #782 and breaks out into views (4,400’) near Wildcat Mt (4,480’). Wildcat Mt Trail #781F makes a side trip. The trail continues near the ridge (4,000’) to its eastern end at Plaza Trail #783.
Going westward the trail descends crossing some harvested areas, bumps up onto a closed paved road for almost a ½ mile and then continues descending down through classic west side forest to the old 255 spur road (2400’) that can take you to Eagle Creek Trail #501. The last ¾ is a reroute done in 2005.
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This hike is listed as One-Way.
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