9 miles of hiking • 2000' elevation gain •
With an iffy weather forecast, we didn't want to stray far from Portland. We opted to try out the McIntyre Ridge Trail from near 26. (I wasn't sure if my Prius could get to the other two trailheads.)
It was absolutely deserted (and thankfully no target shooters, though eventually we did hear some shooting going on, but I'm not sure where they were.) I had never tried the trail, and with warnings of illegal activity I probably won't ever go out there alone, nor will I bring my dog who is scared of booms. There were many user created trails, but we stuck to what was the main trail and the road. We hit snow at the road end, but nothing too deep yet and trail was still easily followed.