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Saddle Mountain Trail [CLOSED] is a 4.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Seaside, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.5 mi Elevation gain 1,791 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Snow

Closed

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The highest point in northwest Oregon, this saddle-shaped peak commands a panorama from the ocean to Mount St. Helens. The climb is especially popular in May and June, when wildflowers fill the mountain's meadows with the richest floral display in the Coast Range. The trail starts at an easy pace and begins to zig-zag after about 1 mile. The trail gets progressively steeper and more arduous as it gains height. Just before the saddle it levels out prior to a descent between the two peaks. A steeper trail then takes you to the summit.

There is a restroom at the trailhead. DO NOT attempt this hike without adequate footwear, sufficient water and warm clothing for the summit. DO NOT stray from the trail, climb outcrops or carry out any other dangerous activities. The person writing this guide volunteers for a high-angle rescue team and has plenty of rescues on this peak due to careless behavior! If you are taking young ones then make sure that there are TWO adults in the party!

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Blaine Fallstrom
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Caitlin Renne
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Mollie Meyer
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This is definitely my favorite hike in Oregon. There is such a beautiful view of the mountains, as well as the ocean. But my favorite time going up this trail was when it was super cloudy. You couldn't see the view at the top, but everything looked like a scene out of Lord of the Rings. Seeing the wildflowers and critters amongst the fog was a surreal experience.

Keely Rooker
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HikingClosedMuddy

I did this hike a while ago but unfortunately it’s closed right now. It’s very steep and near the end it gets pretty slippery and can get a little icy and muddy. If you don’t do the entire hike, kids could tag along because it’s not too bad in the beginning. It’s very pretty and definitely worth the work to get to the top!

Clara R.
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I have done this one several times am sad to read that it’s closed for the rest of the year, drove by Sunday in hopes it would be open and it was closed. It’s a great hike, beautiful view on a clear day.

Dorinda Alberthal
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I just read Saddle mountain will be closed for the summer of 2020

Pejdhs Hdyshd
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One of my favorite hikes. Is it open yet?

Andrea Bünger
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I love this hike. The rocks at the peak can slide away which makes it slightly dangerous. The end is also pretty steep but it worth it!

Nancy Green
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Trailhead is CLOSED at the bottom with a giant gate...plan on adding 7 miles (each way) to your hike to go up the road to reach the actual TH.

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Great views, a bit hair raising at points if you are afraid of heights, but nothing too crazy. Interesting from a geological and botanical perspective as well. Very worthwhile overall.

Alyona Carnivale
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Amazing hike but currently closed, went there on 5/10 and it was gated off

Gracie Nelson
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I’ve hiked this trail three times and never get tired of the view at the end. Great combination of ups, downs, climbing and exploring opportunities. One of my favorite hikes. A bit tiring but worth the hard work!

Kelly Anderson
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Hiked this in July ‘19 - covered in some areas but not in others so can get pretty hot. Some tough hills but well worth it for the view!

Faride Abzade
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Went there on 4/6 and was closed due to COVID-19

Jay Bowen
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Rating this low because trail is super busy. Go early to avoid crowds. Trail is very easy with a bit of a climb at the end. I parked down the road to add mileage to this run. Views are pretty at the top.

Chris Richardson
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This one is a must. It’s not too bad, but you are going straight up, especially the end. On top, there is a rail because it’s a straight drop off on all sides. It can be windy so be prepared. The views of the Coast Range and the Oregon Coast beaches is staggering.

Suzie Kat
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Trail is not open right now, drove out and the gate was closed. I’m assuming due to corona. The surrounding area is beautiful though.

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Pretty basic hike, folks. 5 just cause I love Oregon. I’ve done it in the heat of the summer and in the snow. The hike itself isn’t much if you want a challenge. If you’re a runner or at lease someone whose in halfway decent shape it’s a cruise. I’ve seen some pretty sweet views though, also it can be cloudy and you see nothing. During the summer the mosquitos are real at the top. Try something else if you want a challenge

AhnaLiese Barnes
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When they say “hard” they mean it! Over 2 miles up hill with the last half a mile being the hardest! Well worth the work though!

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Tom K
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Nice hike but very crowded.

Daniel Thompson
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I chose this trail as my first of the season, and it's a leg burner. But the views at the end are absolutely worth it. on a clear day you can see the coast, and mountain peaks in the distance. 10/10 would do again. If you like to avoid crowds, I'd get here early. By midday it was pretty crowded. It's a bit of a scramble in some areas, but there's wire mesh that really helps out.

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Rachel Lower
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Christian Miller
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Great day for a hike, trail was mostly dry. Loads and loads of people

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Gary Idler
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Great trail, heavily traveled, good footwear (not tennis shoes) should be worn great views!

Ashly Kurns
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Holly Mowery
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3/17/20. Absolutely beautiful day, no snow or ice. Very rocky, definitely be difficult for those with bad knees or ankles. Many people out today, but still felt completely alone. Trail is well maintained and I'm thankful for the wire mesh to help with traction. Definitely a dog friendly trail, but all dogs today were off leash. Mixed feelings about that, but this trail is not for my dog as she had crucial ligament sugery and there's too much scramble and high step ups to navigate. So glad I left her home for both reasons. I DID pack out 5 bags of dog waste that people left on the trail..That is not how this works folks...All in all such a beautiful hike and would do many times again.

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