• Activities:

    Chillin, Photography, Hiking, Fitness, Rock Climbing

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    2.6 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    2302 Feet

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Wildflowers
Wildlife

This hike offers spectacular views of Cache Valley. Enjoy a trail that is rarely crowded and easy to access with free parking. 

Head east on the road going into Green Canyon, and just before the road turns Northeast, you will see a short dirt road continuing up towards the mountain next to a small power station. You can park anywhere along here. The trailhead is at the top of this road. The trail is hard to spot, but you will know it when you see it. The trail is incredibly steep. Due to the short distance, there are basically no switchbacks, which means this hike just goes straight up the mountain. It is easy to underestimate the difficulty of this hike. I have done far longer hikes that were not nearly as strenuous.  As you continue up the trail, you will pass by and cross several large rock formations that offer bouldering opportunities and good photography subjects. Saddleback Mountain is most recognizable for the large metal reflectors that stand on the peak.  Near the top of the mountain, the trail disappears but the reflectors are visible, so just aim for the highest point. Once at the top, take in the amazing views of the valley to the west, and Logan Canyon to the east. You even have a unique view of nearby Logan Peak. Make sure to make time for the hike back down before it gets dark. The trail is insanely steep and going down in the dark is dangerous and stressful, not that I would know from personal experience or anything...Saddleback Mountain is a challenging hike, but is more than capable of being completed in a few hours if you keep up a quick pace. 

Pack List

  • Water
  • Light snacks
  • Camera
  • Hiking shoes
  • Layered clothing in colder weather
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