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. .

This trail is so beautiful and has it's challenging points but there is nothing like the view at the top. I can't wait to do it again!

I decided to hike this trail after after some friends recommend it to me. The trial did not disappoint as it has some of the best views I've ever seen. Looking forward to doing it again next year.

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7 days ago

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9 days ago

This trail is truly surreal, with strange outcroppings and rolling, volcanic rock piles. I do warn that this trail isn't entirely dog friendly--the trail is covered in fencing to control erosion and may tear up your dog's pads. The trail can feel exposed at parts. There are spectacular views, but be prepared to see a ton of clear cuts. These weighed on my heart.

If you are looking for a moderate hike with gorgeous and clear views of the mountain ranges, I would recommend stoping by Saddle Mountain on your way out to the coast. The road to the Saddle Mountain was really nice and was easy to access from highway, just look for the signs. I would pack a bunch of water and snacks because there is a great lookout point to stop and enjoy the views. It's a little steep at times, but totally manageable.

Beautiful views towards the end. Slippery, rocky, and stakes sticking up mid path (almost stubbed my toes a few times) for a few stretches. The last part was very steep and the bugs all along the hike almost made it unbearable.

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19 days ago

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20 days ago

Fantastic views for such a short hike. Very slippery in places hence the steel mesh on the ground which makes in IMHO not dog friendly. Very crowded in the summer if not done early. The steep last push to the summit would not be fun with 50 people catching their breath. Again, fabulous view from the top.

Great hike. Could see the beach. Have lived here all my life and this was my first time up. Thought it was going to be hard the last part, but after Elk Mt. it was easy. Definitely one of my favorite hikes now.

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21 days ago

Great views towards the end, rocky and slippery in some stretches, last stretch was very steep and hard. Bugs were a huge pain, you simply can't rest anywhere for more than a minute because of it. Still worth the view.