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Forest is amazing, some great views of ocean on the route back. Check out trail profile a workout up hill

15 hours ago

This is a difficult but fun trek up to a beautiful summit. The last bit is a challenge but the 360 degree view is incredible and well worth it. We saw a lot of wild flowers, berries and fungi along the way and made several photo stops as the view is spectacular at several points along the way. Bring water and sunblock, there’s a good portion out from under the trees.

Awesome quick trail. Great views of the ocean from some of the spots. The beginning is steep, but after you conquer that part its pretty smooth sailing.

awesome, grin a bare the last 2miles. But it's worth it!
Take food and water for lunch at the top

5 days ago

Somewhat steep and tricky descent to the beach, and challenging (for me) coming back up, but totally worth it! We had the beach completely to ourselves and enjoyed exploring. Started on the trail at about 8 and only saw 1 person until we were heading back to the parking lot around 9:30.

5 days ago

Great hike - be prepared that it's all up hill going out. The ending is worth it though!

Amazing trail. Loved it. We loved the cove at the far end of the beach. Definitely coming back.


Signs at the trail head still say closed. The area that “closed” the trail is a dried washed out creek. Easily crossed considering the the rest of the hike takes good footing with loose rock. Also passed the park workers replacing the bridge. Second time hiking this, always love the burn towards the top. Bug spray would be helpful :)

Steep but rewarding hike. Get there early on a weekend to avoid the crowds. I wish I would have brought trekking poles; there are many areas with loose gravel going up.

Easy not moderate. Pretty view

This trail can be challenging near the beach where it is steepest, but it’s worth it if you are going to enjoy the beach for a bit. The beach was almost empty when I hiked to it.

I want to emphasize that you should start from the Indian Beach parking lot and picnic area, not the lot the navigation leads to. The Ecola Point Trail is closed, and I wouldn’t recommend pushing through passed the “trail closed” sign like I did.

Hiked this in early August and the trail was still very muddy. The trail itself was not that hard (would rate moderate only due to length) but the mud and fallen trees on the trail force you to parkour around a bit, making it mildly more strenuous.

The trail itself showcased some beautiful rainforest areas and views of the ocean. Very peaceful. I would not recommend doing the 12mi there-and-back. The walk back was pretty soul-sucking and exhausting. Leave a car in Seaside if you can.

Great forested hike including a grand tree. The destination provides a stunning view of the surrounding area including Saddle Mountain.

Very muddy! Would consider this a more than moderate hike and very slick. Need proper hiking gear as well

17 days ago

Good hike but definitely a challenge up the logging road - all up hill and very steep! There was a bad washout right before the lookout to the lighthouse that prevented one of our group from seeing the lighthouse until we continued on the loop. We also had to navigate the fallen tree across the trail and the many tree roots that were tripping hazards. The payoff was the lighthouse and coastal views on the way down. Good hike but definitely not for small kids unless you want to carry them most of the way.

Nice short hike with a pretty lake, but not really suitable for swimming as it might be tough locating a decent beach.

This is a wonderful hike... make sure you have a car on the other side.

19 days ago

The trail was fun, a bit technical with lots of exposed roots and some steep spots, but nothing too gnarly. And the wide open beach at the bottom is definitely worth it. Would hike this one again next time I’m on the coast.

Saw the sign that said 1.25miles. Figured it would be a short pretty hike and a good fit for an inexperienced hiker. I wasn't wrong but I'm amazed I did it. A lot of up and down hill. A lot of switch backs. Fairly steep at places. A lot of roots to step over and between. Not good for anyone with mobility issues or knee trouble. That said, the challenge was worth it. I'm 300lbs and out of shape but I was able to run the trail at places. It was a blast. The views are amazing. The beach is gorgeous and has some cool stuff to check out, especially at low tide. You can also continue on to Cannon Beach if you are so inclined.

23 days ago

Good hike- serious incline for half of the hike. On the way down, there was a fallen tree trunk you need to climb over. I posted a pic of this. The ground on the other side was softer than expected and my brother fell. Luckily, he caught himself before falling into the ravine. Please be careful of this! Otherwise, good workout and good hike.

Very fun and a good exercise

Absolutely amazing beach. Probably my favorite! Last quarter mile is steep but I was able to do it even having a sprained knee. My 3 year old did it also, so it's not too bad. We hiked north on the beach and found some cool caves that the kids loved exploring. Just make sure to look at the tide schedule if you walk very far down the beach.

Great place for a walk. On the beach, great views, parking lot, restrooms.

24 days ago

Beautiful scenery and the sounds of water, birds and breezes were lovely

27 days ago

Arrived about 11am and was perfect timing as a handful of the early morning hikers just arriving back to the parking lot so got a close spot. trail is well thought out zigzagging up the first 45 minutes into the hike or about half way. good thi g as it saved some energy for the 2nd half that was much needed. beautiful views trail are a challenge if you dont stay on the metal fencing they have nailed into the ground. at one point a bridge had broken and was very slick leaning to the down hill side, so just be aware and go slow. this hike is hard not hard for the avg hiker. so many ages and body types through out the day. dont be discouraged as the views are amazing and the feeling of success us even better. enjoy as I will do this hike again.

27 days ago

Nice trail in heavily wooded area. Well maintained and nice balance between ascents and descents. No views, nice walk through nature.

Great hike with beautiful views of Mounts Rainier, St Helens, Adams and Hood. The wires are great for traction but there are a lot of broken wires that might not be good for smaller dogs.

28 days ago

My daughter and I completed our second hike of Saddle Mountain Trail. We were hopeful for a clear day at the summit. On the way up we were teased with breaks of big blue sky and bright sunshine But after a 1 hour and 15 min hike up, we arrived to a disappointing set of dense clouds.

Despite no view we had a fun day attacking the 5 mile loop and 1,972’ elevation. The trail was busy but not too bad for a Saturday. The plant vegetation narrows the trail in many places.

I do hate the heavy metal mess (looks like chain link fence) they lay on the trail to manage erosion. It can be deadly slippery if your not cautious., even on a dry day.

Easy walk - a little work out going back up. Gorgeous beach. Not too crowded. Nice walk through the woods and then a lovely stroll on the beach. Bring food and beverages - great picnic spot! Be sure to walk north on the beach - nice rock formations. And then you can walk south, too - you’ll see even more. Plan some time for walking on the beach ... lots to see! Go early - by midday there may be lines at the pay station.

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