This is a steep ascent to a wooded ridge and two of the Wildcat mountains, including one 4,000-footer with a viewing platform and a 360-degree view. The trail dips a couple of times, then resumes its upward progress.
Wildcat Mountain is really five knobs (summits) along a 2-mile ridge. They are lettered A to E from east to west. Wildcat A is the highest at 4,422 feet. Wildcat D, at 4,062 feet, is also considered a 4,000-footer, but the others are not due to their proximity to A and D without the requisite 200-foot rise from the ridge. The ridge was likely named by Arnold Guyot, who used the Wildcat moniker on his 1860 map of the region. Wildcats D and E are sometimes affectionately called the Wild Kittens because it takes a mountain lion cub’s tenacity to climb them, but once on top, you will purr at the delightful view. The hike to both Wild Kittens is described here, with the turnaround at the viewing platform atop Wildcat D. For those who wish to traverse the entire ridge, continuing to Wildcats C, B, and A, that option is included at the end of the hike description.
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