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. .

hiking
1 day ago

Excellent hike! My first hike in years, hadn't done any cardio recently but was still able to make the hike without any problems!

hiking
2 days ago

Good trail for decent view on a nice day. Lots of flowers and cool rock formations on the way up but exposed at the top. Steep climb near the end. Moderate trail if you are fit but could be considered difficult for some people. If you are fit it will take you longer to get here from
Portland than the time spent on the trail. It took me 1:20 to complete and I was going at a slow walk pace at the bottom.

Do this trail on the way to or from the coast so you get the most value for your drive.

Awesome views and a great hike. Had to take lots of breaks!

Amazing views and perfectly challenging for such a short hike. My legs were burning. Coming down looks terrifying, but it's actually pretty easy

Nice and hard, pretty much all up hill. Will have to go back to see the view, it was clouded when I went. Wear good sturdy shoes and be prepared for changing conditions

hiking
15 days ago

The natural wildflowers are amazing during springtime. My only complaint is that the wire fencing used to pack down the scree is starting to fail in some areas causing major tripping hazards for people or possibly hazardous for dog paws getting caught.

Especially great on clear days. Most of the trail is reasonably easy with lots of switchbacks.

One of my favorite hikes! Best to do when the sky is clear because the views are amazing!

Love the view. It was tough getting up with all the incline but I did it. I'm still pretty new to hiking. I would not say this is moderate. I would say it's hard.

Coming down is pretty steep so be careful, wear good comfortable shoes with a nice grip. The small rocks are pretty slippery.

I'd do this again in a few months. View is well worth it.

Great hike! Beautiful views at the top. Will do this one again soon!

I did this hike on a cold day, but it was still pretty. It was neat to see the ocean from the top!