The Wildcat Mountain hike at Mount Hood National Forest in Sandy, Oregon is a moderate 5.3 mile out-and-back trail that leads up to views of Wildcat Mountain along the Douglas Trail and McIntyre Ridge Trail.
This hike starts out along the Douglas Trail with a moderate grade and passes through open forests while ascending to McIntyre Ridge. Along the way up, you'll pass a couple of unmarked trails, but stay right at each intersection to stay on the Douglas Trail.
About 1.9 miles into the hike, you'll reach the junction with the McIntyre Ridge Trail - take a left-hand turn to head along the McIntyre Ridge Trail to get even more views. From the lookout point, about 0.7 miles into the McIntyre Ridge Trail, you get views of Willamette Valley, Boulder Creek canyon, and Mount Hood. There's also a wildflower meadow at the crest of the ridge trail.
Note: This GPS track does not summit Wildcat Mountain, it brings you along the Douglas Trail and McIntyre Ridge Trail with views of Wildcat Mountain. To hike to the summit of Wildcat Mountain, at the junction with the McIntyre Ridge Trail, stay right and follow signs for the summit spur trail. The summit spur trail will be on the right-hand side of the trail and is very short at about 0.1 miles out-and-back.