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North Wildcat Trailhead

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

One of several campsites (Jerry Adams)
Spring - note my foot at the bottom of the picture for scale. This is the same as at the South Wildcat trailhead (Jerry Adams)


The trailhead is at the north end of the Wildcat Trail. There's a campground here, Whistler Campground, with a nice outhouse, several sites with picnic tables and fire pits. It's about 0.1 miles down from the main road on a rough gravel road. It's a fairly unused campground. It tends to have beer bottles, other trash, and hunter paraphernalia.

There's an algae-covered spring with a trickle of water going into a trough used by cattle. The water tastes okay if it is treated. To reach it, take the rough dirt road that goes down just east of the outhouse - about 0.1 miles.

The campground is open year-round (except when it's snowed in).

Driving Directions

From Portland, take Highway 26 East past Mount Hood to Prineville, about 140 miles.

In the middle of Prineville, turn left (north) on Main Street, and drive 4.6 miles. After a while, the road is renamed McKay Road

Then bear right on McKay Creek Road. Keep to this road, which becomes FR 27, for 16.7 miles.

Make a sharp right at the junction with FR 2725 to keep on FR 27, still paved at this point.

Continue for 6.1 miles to a junction, where you turn right on now unmaintained FR 27 for the Twin Pillars Trail #832 and the Wildcat Trail #833.

Proceed for 3.8 miles on this rough, very muddy track (some clearance needed), passing Trail Meadow on the right and also the Twin Pillars Trailhead.

Turn right for the Wildcat Trail, and drive about 0.2 miles to the Whistler Campground. This is about a one-hour drive from Prineville.


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