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
12 days ago

One of the best trails I've been on. I hiked it solo, but I would recommend any new hikers to go with a buddy. It gets pretty aggressive towards the end so be careful with your footing!

Made it halfway - got a bit dicey for me with the rocks at the upper trail. Still beautiful and plan to do the whole thing sometime in the future!

hiking
1 month ago

It felt mystical standing at the top with clouds swirling all around me. There were enough breaks to see the grand views. It was cold but felt great. Hiked on 10/11 and clocked 4.75 on my GPS.

Today was an amazing day for this hike! Clear sky’s and great views.

on Saddle Mountain Trail

hiking
1 month ago

It was cloudy but still beautiful! Would like to go back on a clear day.

hiking
1 month ago

I've hiked this trail 3 times now and every single time it's been too cloudy at the top to see anything.

Really cloudy but it was still beautiful. I'll definitely try it again when the sky is a little more clear.

Ow.

Great views, easy enough up-hill hike. The erosion prevention is weird to step on.

This is an amazing hike! Very beautiful views. I recommend staying on the fence grating path during the final stretch of the hike. The rocks next to it seem safe but the gravel is actually very slick. I slid on it, and I saw another hiker actually fall.

Took about an hour to get up to the top, but we could see Mt Rainier, Mt Helena, Mt Adams, Mt Hood,the Columbia River, and the Pacific! Felt like 60 mph wind at the top, but it was worth it

I can't understand how this is considered a moderate hike....I've run 4 marathons, can withstand hot yoga in 110 degree heat and am an active person overall...this was hard. An absolutely stunning and definitely worth the pain hike, but a challenge no doubt. Moderate doesn't come to mind at all. Maybe my muscles just aren't built for hiking - I'll give that a think.

1 month ago