McIntyre Ridge Trail #782

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Highlights include ridge top hiking with outstanding views over the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness and Mount Hood. The trail runs through the northwest corner of the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness. Starting from the north end the trail climbs approximately 1000 feet in the first 2 miles. The trail becomes more gradual once it reaches the ridge. The trail breaks in and out of the trees mainly on the east side of the ridge. 

The trail begins at Douglas Trail and ends on Bureau of Land Management land at Wildcat Creek Road.

Trail Description and Map (PDF File) 

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Trail Open, but be alert for down limbs, debris, or winter damage as trail may not have been cleared.
Restrictions: Wilderness restrictions apply in Salmon Huckleberry Wildernesss.
Closest Towns: Welches, OR
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Zigzag Ranger District- Zigzag Ranger Station

General Information


To reach the NORTH end of this trail from Portland, OR - follow US 26 to 10.5 miles east of Sandy, turning right onto BLM road 2-7-31, Wildcat Creek Road, just after Windell’s Snowboard Camp (near milepost 35). From here it is approximately 4.5 miles to the trailhead. The BLM has gated the road at milepost 1.5 due to extensive off road vehicle damage occurring in the area but foot traffic is welcome. There should be a “Y” near or at the gate – go left. Then go 1.3 miles and go left at “Y”. Next go 0.8 mile and turn right at “Y”. Go to end of road which is a widening of the road in the middle of a clear cut with several “user roads” fork off. The trail starts in the southeast corner of the clear cut. So, if you walk one of the user roads that head to the southeast you will connect with it. If you find yourself going downhill, you have gone the wrong way.

To reach the SOUTH end of this trail from Portland, Take the Douglas Trail approximately 1 mile east to the McIntyre Ridge Trail. See directions to Douglas Trail #781.



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  Area/Length : 
6.4 miles

  Elevation : 
1300' - 4400'


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