Hiking Up Oregon's Saddle Mountain
Oregon › Saddle Mountain Trail
Added by Erik Sanders
Multiple peaks to pose on up the trailRelatively easy hikeIncredible, vast views of the surrounding area and Oregon CoastlineView faces south offering the perfect spot to watch sunrise AND sunsetShort 1 1/2 hour drive from Portland, and 20 minute drive to the beach5.2 miles roundtrip-1600' elevation gain
Saddle Mountain is a pretty stellar spot if you are looking for a beginner/intermediate hike with incredible views close to Portland. The trail is a 5.2 mile round trip trail with an elevation gain of 1600 ft that starts at the Saddle Mountain Trailhead.
You can actually camp right at the trailhead if you want, camp sites cost around $10 per night. The actual trail is not too steep until you begin ascending the actual peak; however, the trail is interrupted by the frequent waterfalls that trickle down the trail quite a ways so be careful when crossing them wet parts.
DIRECTIONS FROM PORTLAND:
- From Portland, take US-26 W to the coast
- After 63 mi, take a sharp right on to Jubilee Rd
- Jubilee Rd turns into Saddle Mt State Park Rd
- Continue on this road for around 7 mi until you reach a dead end parking lot which is the trailhead!
- Hiking/athletic shoes
- Jacket (depending on the season)
- Water bottle
- Cool blanket to wave in the wind or something
- A good beer
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Love this place. Amazing view of the beach on a clear day and is not usually crowded. It is also a great place to photograph for landscapes and portraits. There's a table up at the top, so bring some food with you, enjoy the view and kick it with a beer too!
Easily the best hike I've done yet (although I've only recently started hiking). Beautiful fog for the first mile and a half which cleared and made it a little warm. First 2-ish miles aren't too bad but once you get to climbing the peak, it gets pretty tough, but oh so worth it. Totally gorgeous.
Go Do This Hike Right Now
Probably one of the best hikes I've ever done. 360 panoramic views from the summit and absolutely fantastic windflowers in June. Pretty tough, especially the final stretch, but very rewarding.
Pretty summit hike
The elevation gain for this hike is something like 1,640 feet over the first 2.5 miles, which makes it a great hike to get your heart pumping! In the cooler seasons, the wind can be a bit harsh and the trail can be a little slick near the top. A word of warning - if you feel tempted to drive even kind of sort of fast down the hill on the way out of the park, just remember those potholes you passed on the way up. They're really good at jumping out at cars and leaving them with flat tires.
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