"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." Read more
"Saddle Mountain just doesn’t seem to belong in its surroundings. It’s the highest point in this part of the state, but the hills around it aren’t even close. It doesn’t even resemble them, with its two-headed, rocky summit of “pillow lava,” which looks like that because it erupted underwater, millions of years ago when this area was the seafloor.
When you get on top of Saddle Mountain, you might think you’re on Mount Hood, with the faraway views and abundant wildflowers." Read more
"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." Read more
"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." Read more
"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." Read more