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Phone
Phone:
503-622-3191
Address
Mt. Hood National Forest
70220 E. Hwy. 26
Zigzag, OR 97049
Basics
Length:
9.1 miles one-way
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
6 - 7 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
3800 feet
Elevation Range:
3800 feet to 4600 feet
Elevation Change:
800 feet
Season:
May to early November

Description

This trail accesses the 44,560-acre Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness Area part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. Lightly visited this is a great place for solitude. Follows a forested ridgeline that is known as Huckleberry Mt along its northern segment. Options for watering stock are thin at best and dry up as the season goes on. This trail stays along the ridgeline with the only significant sustained grade being between the Sheepshead rock and Salmon Mt Trail #787. There are some sections of 14-20% grade but they are short pitches. What makes this trail more difficult is the tread width being narrower.

Regulations & Leave No Trace Information: Regulations ?? Wilderness Permits are required between May 15 and Oct 15, but are free and self-issuing at a permit box station along the trail. ?? Group size is limited to 12. On trails that allow stock, stock are counted in the group size. For example, 3 people each riding their own horse plus a spare horse in the group for packing would make a group of 7. ?? Unproccessed livestock feed is prohibited, preventing non-native plant spread. ?? Note that the northern terminus of the trail is its intersection with Boulder Ridge Trail that is only a hiker trail.

Leave No Trace Principles ?? Plan Ahead and Prepare Be Considerate of Other Visitors ?? Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces Leave What You Find ?? Dispose of Waste Properly Minimize Campfire Impacts ?? Respect Wildlife.

Length:
9.1 miles one-way
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
6 - 7 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
3800
Elevation Range:
3800 feet to 4600
Elevation Change:
800
Season:
May to early November
Basic Directions

From south: Follow State Highway 224 to approximately 7 miles south of Estacada. Turn north (left) on Forest Road 4610. Follow Rd 4610 approximately 15 miles. The trailhead is just west of Twin Springs Forest Camp on the north side of Rd 4610. No Northwest Forest Pass required here. From Upper Douglas Trailhead: Follow U.S. 26 approximately 2 miles east of Sandy, turning right at Firwood Road (Shorty’s Corner). Follow Firwood Road 3.4 miles (Firwood Road bears to the right at a four-way intersection after .8 mile) to Wildcat Mtn. Road. Turn left on Wildcat Mtn. Road for 5.6 miles where it enters the Mt Hood National Forest and becomes Road 3626. Stay on 3626 for 0.8 mile then turn right onto paved road 3626105 staying left at the first fork. Continue on this paved single lane road till the next fork which has a gate on the left side but stay right. Take this to the Upper Douglas Trailhead which is in the upper level of the old Wildcat rock pit. The trail starts in the southeast corner of the gravel parking lot. A Northwest Forest Pass is needed here. Take Douglas Trail eastward 2.4 miles to Plaza Trail.

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