Saddle Mountain Trail

Saddle Mountain State Park, Oregon

Distance2.3mi
Elevation Gain2,748ft
Trailhead Elevation1,653ft
Top3,289ft
Elevation Min/Max1653/3289ft
Elevation Start/End1653/1653ft

Saddle Mountain Trail

Saddle Mountain Trail is a hiking trail in Clatsop County, Oregon. It is within Saddle Mountain State Park. It is 2.3 miles long and begins at 1,653 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,748 feet. The Saddle Mountain camp site is near the trailhead. There are also a parking and restrooms. The trail ends near Saddle Mountain (elevation 3,291 feet). There are also a viewpoint and cliffs near the end of the trail. This trail connects with the following: Humbug Mountain Viewpoint.

Saddle Mountain Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This trail to the top of 3,283-foot Saddle Mountain, the highest point in the northern Coastal Mountains, begins in a thickly wooded expanse of alder forest. It then climbs through a beautiful Douglas fir forest with a thick understory of wood sorrel, trillium, western columbine, coast penstemon, and many other unique wildflowers.

Eventually the trail becomes rocky and eroded and necessitates some careful navigation, but the effort is worth it, for those who make it to the top are rewarded with magnificent views. Trail surface: The first half is an easy and well-maintained dirt path; the final 1.5 miles are very eroded but include cables, walkways, and stairs to aid travel."

"A diverse trail through forest and across several flower-blessed alpine meadows to the top of Saddle Mountain, where you can see from the Pacific to the Cascades. I found it especially nice, although I was disturbed by the numerous clearcuts. I focused on the wildflowers and the distant mountains instead.

From the summit look to the west to see Nehalem Bay, Tillamook Head, and the mighty Pacific. To the east is the Cascade Range; on a clear day see from Washington’s Mount Rainier to Oregon’s Mount Jefferson. It’s an impressive site you won’t soon forget. Special attractions: Wildflowers (some rare species) galore come springtime; good views too."

"Hike from the lush second-growth forest at the Saddle Mountain Trailhead and Campground to the rocky summit of Saddle Mountain.

From the summit, take in the view, which stretches from the Pacific Ocean and the mouth of the Columbia River to the ice-clad peaks of the Cascade Range. At times much of the trailside along this route is a flower garden."

"The highest point in northwest Oregon, Saddle Mountain is also one of the most popular hiking trails in the state. Traversing flower-filled meadows unparalleled in this part of the state, it affords a view from the top that stretches from the ocean to the mouth of the Columbia River to the Cascades."

"This trail to the top of 3,283-foot Saddle Mountain, the highest point in the northern Coastal Mountains, begins in a thickly wooded expanse of alder forest. It then climbs through a beautiful Douglas fir forest with a thick understory of wood sorrel, trillium, western columbine, coast penstemon, and many other beautiful wildflowers.

Eventually, the trail becomes rocky and eroded and necessitates some careful navigation, but the effort is worth it, for those who make it to the top are rewarded with magnificent views."

"Saddle Mountain owes its prominence in the landscape to the pillow basalt it's made of, which- as with nearby Tillamook Head and offshore sea stacks- is sturdier and more erosion-resistant than the sandstone hills around it.

It's the highest and most iconic point in the northern Coast Range: two humps (the tallest 3283 feet high), treeless at the summit, stand well above the surrounding forested landscape."

"Saddle Mountain is the highest peak in the northern Coast Range, and the trail to the panoramic summit is justifiably the most popular hike in the region.

Views extend from the endless Pacific Ocean to the west to the snowy summits of the Cascade Range to the east. Closer at hand is a wealth of colorful wildflowers, including a handful of beautiful species found nowhere else in the world."

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7/4/2018
Be in the right mindset to be hiking uphill through some more difficult and loose terrain. The way down isn’t much easier. But the view from the top is worth the bellyaching, though maybe not to your hiking companions.
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7/1/2018
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4/20/2018
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6/1/2017
This was an awesome hike, even though I did it in heavy fog. I'll have to take others' word about the view from the top, but the flowers were incredible. I will try it again if I'm in the area in clear weather.
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8/25/2011
This is about 5 mi round trip. Going to the summit, it's somewhat strenuous, because of the continual elevation gain. The scenery is beautiful, and the views from the summit are tuly beautiful, 360 degrees. Going down is easier, but it's easy to slip because of loose gravel, despite the excellent trail maintenance and wire traction mesh set into the ground in many spots. I wouldn't say that experience is needed as much as some level of physical fitness.
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9/24/2010
A friend and I did this hike together. The views from the trail were amazing at each turn. It was well worth the last steep hike to the top for a chance to see the view. Pinic tables are strategically placed along the trail for those times that you need to stop for a breather and a drink of water.
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11/1/2009
One of the best hikes near Portland, Oregon. If you want to see some amazing views or give friends or family who are visiting Oregon a taste of the Northwest scenery then this is a must. The hike is fairly steep at times and the top of the mountain is very exposed so you will be blasted by wind. On a clear day you can see all the way to Rainier with impressive views also of St Helens, Adams, and Hood. Astoria and the 4-mile bridge over the Columbia River are also visible. The sunsets from the mountain are world class. I uploaded a few pics of these sunsets so be sure to check them out. Dress in layers - the hike will make you sweat but the wind will be cold on top.
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5/25/2007
The day we did this trail was magical. We went up late in the afternoon. The clouds started coming in from the ocean, but only after we ample opportunity to view up and down the coast which is beautiful and make a quick cup of coffee too boot. As we watched the clouds come in below us from the top it ended up we were completely surrounded by a sea of soft while clouds while we stood under a bright blue sky. It was a mazing. It was like we were on an isolated island watching an angry and white foamy ocean boil around us. It was so magical that we stayed too long and did most of the trip down in the dark while walking through all those clouds that were so beautiful from up top. I highly recommend this trail. Plan to spend some time at the top. It was very windy at the top. Bring a jacket. Due to trial conditions, there are definitely some areas that young kids would be dangerous. The description says experienced hikers only. I took my kids ages 9 and 11 but I watched them. The last little scramble to the top is loose and slippery with plenty of opportunities to fall hundreds of feet over unfenced cliffs. Go slow and don't be careless. My recommendation is go, be safe and do not do it too late in the day unless you are experienced and prepared. This is a beautiful trail that you must be responsible and alert on but on none the less. Happy Trails...
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8/3/2006
What a wonderful trail that begins in a state park. The views are absolutely spectacular. I would like to encourage anyone to undertake this hike. It is not at all difficult and the views at the end of the trail is a very special treat! We were able to watch a Sea Lion and its baby swim along the edge of cliffs. This venue would also be a great place to watch whales during the migration season.
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6/23/2006
One of the best Oregon coast Hikes with some terrific views and a great chance for whale watching. Trail is in great shape but keep a good eye on the kids as there are some places that drop straight to the sea 600 or so feet below. Take water and allow plenty of time to enjoy the views--three hours or so as you don't want to be rushed on this one.
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Trail Information

Saddle Mountain State Park
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Saddle Mountain State Park
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Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Hiking
Additional Use
Saddle Mountain State Park
Local Contacts
Oregon Department of Forestry Clatsop State Forest
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Sep 2018