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. .

Nice and steep, just the way I like it. Grates toward the top are slippery, be careful!

Went up today and there is some new trees crossing the trail turning it into obstacle course. The rocks covered in chicken wire near the summit are a huge slip hazard; I just about ate it a few times on the way down.

Awesome views today! Saw Rainer, St Helens, Adams, Hood and a faint outline of Jefferson!

Slippery when wet. No views cause the weather was bad, looking forward to returning on a clear day. Saw a few deer too

Definitely a fun hike!! It climbed most of the way but it was moderate enough to enjoy the challenge! The views are so so worth it. On a clear day you can see to the ocean, the mouth of the Columbia river, and many of the other peaks around the area. Trails are big enough to go in a group. This trail was so beautiful! I highly recommend.

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
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

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

backpacking
4 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
6 months ago