Saddle mountain - 1/2 mile view point

Date: September 12, 2000
Distance: 1 mile
Elevation Gain: 220 ft
Time: 45 minutes
Difficulty: moderate
Weather: mild
Maps: There is a good map on NW Hiker
My Route:
After .3 miles on the trail, turn right at spur trail leading to viewpoint area. Return as you came
This wasn't a well planned hike. We thought it would be a nice time to get out of the car and stretch our legs on a drive out to the coast. I didn't remember that the road to saddle mountain from the highway is 7 miles. 7 SLOW miles. The view is great, but I don't think it was worth the detour to just go to the viewpoint. Saddle mountain deserves a full hike.

Saddle Mountain

The views are wonderful here. That 7 miles from the highway puts you deep in the forest, looking around from the viewpoint, there is nothing but trees! Beautiful.
The Coast Range from Saddle Mountain's 1/2 mile viewpoint

The trail is steep and easy to follow. On the spur trail to the view there are some trickier parts, nearly a scramble.
The coast range is great for moss-lovers like me. Rocks with so much moss they look like muppets!

The parking area was nearly full, and all the campsites we hiked past were occupied.
Trail Head:

View PDX Day Hiker in a larger map
Water and restrooms at the trail head
What I said about these trails before:
Saddle Mountain Hikes
Other resources for this and other nearby hikes:
Saddle Mountain State Park
NW Hiker
Portland Hikers
Trails NW
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Portland, 3rd: including the Coast, Mount Hood, St. Helens, and the Santiam River (60 Hikes - Menasha Ridge)
Portland Hikes: The Best Day-Hikes Within 100 Miles of Portland
Afoot & Afield Portland/Vancouver: A Comprehensive Hiking Guide
Hiking the Oregon Coast: Day Hikes Along the Oregon Coast and Coastal Mountains
Hiking Oregon, (1st or 2nd edition)
100 Classic Hikes in Oregon: Oregon Coast, Columbia Gorge, Cascades, Eastern Oregon, Wallowas

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1 comment:

  1. Nice. Keep it up. I will come back again

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