Two and a half miles. That's all it is from the parking lot (elev. 1,650') to the summit of Saddle Mountain (elev. 3,283'). Be prepared to marvel at the sheer volume of natural beauty packed onto the mountain, from a mature forest setting to fields of wildflowers to an open rocky summit. The view from the top of the mountain is one that cannot be described ... it must be experienced. The trip to the top isn't an everyday stroll through the woods, though. Come prepared with water and layer your clothing. The temperature is very different at the summit than in the parking lot. Wear appropriate shoes for rough terrain and be prepared for some steep grades, which make for interesting climbing. A nice walking stick and friend's hand would be helpful in many areas. As you climb, though, remember to look up and out at the landscape before you. Also look down at the wild floral show that may only exist at that elevation. Take frequent breaks and enjoy this unique landscape as well as the beauty of the forest below you. .

One of my favorite hikes. Amazing views and moderate to hard. Good workout that's not wasted on a dreary forest. A yearly hike!

hiking
28 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

This trail is amazing great views it is a little challenging but there are benches for resting. Would deffinately go again.

backpacking
3 months ago

My 62 year old parents did this hike with me, however it is not for the faint of hearts. Not the easiest hike out there. However, worth the views on a good day and not over populated, it is worth every step.

Best trail I've been on since moving to the PNW. It is rated moderate, but closer to hard than easy, especially if you go all the way to the summit.

Top notch, literally. More then worth the walk/hike/climb. Difficulty increases from beginning to end

great hike, wear good foot wear!

hiking
5 months ago

Hiked here last summer. Nice blend of intensity, lots of views, nice resting point before turning back. Chain link fence type of trail reinforcements helped keep grip, but I felt awful for the poor dogs on the trail unable to avoid the sharp ends of the wires.

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike, kids accomplished as well, wear good supportive shoes or boots.

hiking
5 months ago

great view :)