Eli S. on McIntyre Ridge Trail
We had to stop to ask for directions because we couldn't find the entrance (take Wildcat Creek Rd.) but once we got there the gate was closed. Turns out it's been closed for sometime now. We hiked up the road which was about 3.5 miles and is on an incline but fairly easy to walk. Once you reach the end of the road, there is no indication of the trail (it was off to the left a little). We eventually figured it out and left a pink marker for future hikers to find. The actual hike is a beautiful one that takes you through the woods, it continues to be at a slight incline, some more difficult then others but doable. We ended our hike near the dead tree, which has a nice bench to sit in while you relax and enjoy the amazing view of Mt. Hood. Overall, a moderately easy to medium intensity hike, it took us 6 hours to complete with a couple short stops and turned out to be a 15 mile hike round trip.
Roughly 7 miles out and back from the McIntyre Ridge TH to Wildcat Mountain view point. This is steep in areas the first approximately 1.25 miles up the trail head. Depending on a hikers condition, I would say this is a moderately easy to moderate hike. Beautiful scenery, and I'm sure even better if there wasn't such a low cloud cover. Definitely doing this hike again.