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Saddle Mountain Trail

HARD 1040 reviews

Saddle Mountain Trail 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 offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.5 miles Elevation Gain: 1,791 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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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.

hiking
8 days ago

Absolutely beautiful hike! 360 views! It was so sunny and clear out. You could see mountains all the way to Mt. Jefferson and up and down the gorgeous coastline. It was a little windy but felt amazing after getting sweaty hehe make sure to bring lots of water and wear proper shoes!! Not running shoes people HIKING boots

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rocky
11 days ago

Fun hike. Though it was very windy at the top we hardly stayed there long. The parking lot was packed but we didn’t pass too many people until on the way down. Had our two dogs, one of them did not like the wire down to prevent erosion, in case you decide to bring your dog.

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rocky
18 days ago

hiking
18 days ago

Amazing views for miles in all directions at the top

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icy
rocky
21 days ago

Beautiful views on a clear, almost cloudless day. The trail to the summit was well-marked with lots of switchbacks. I encountered ice in a few shady places which required careful footing. The trail was strenuous with a steady incline to the top. Great views of 5 Cascade peaks!

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rocky
24 days ago

hiking
25 days ago

Excellent day for it today, there was some Ice towards the top. All 5 volcanos showed their faces!!! Very steep at times potential trip hazards, bring sufficient water!!!

hiking
25 days ago

good hike no snow up there, ,

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rocky
25 days ago

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muddy
1 month ago

Went on a very rainy day, winds were strong on western side of the climb up, trail was essentially a creek. Going to do this one again on a calmer day

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rocky
1 month ago

This trail had a beautiful view at the top, but getting there and going back was a little scary to say the least. Much of the treaterus part, which there was a lot of, was covered in industrial chicken wire so you’d have traction; otherwise, you’d not be able to hike it unless you had 4 legs. It was very steep in places.

hiking
1 month ago

Too cloudy today

hiking
muddy
rocky
1 month ago

Amazing views on a clear day and a great challenging hike!

such a beautiful look out over the forest. can see all the way out to Astoria.

hiking
1 month ago

We did this at Sunrise on a chilly windy morning in October. It’s definitely one of my favorites!! Make sure you have the NW forest pass to park. (I know a lot people talk about the road to the trailhead being rough, I personally do not believe it is. Take the directions by driving north from Washougal and it’s doable. (My Toyota Avalon has no difficulties.) FYI - there’s a Bathroom at Trailhead.

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muddy
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

It's fine! I would rate this a 3-plus star. There's a really great birch grove early on. Then a lot of mixed foliage with a few stellar peek-a-boo views and a couple really awesome open views. Trail is well maintained. Lots of embedded chain link doing its job to prevent severe erosion. Couple of pretty muddy spots and puddles - boots highly recommended.

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muddy
rocky
1 month ago

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muddy
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Great hike. It is challenging in parts, and like other reviewers I had a bit of a love hate relationship with the chain mesh on some of the steeper areas, (however it beats sliding around on loose scree!)! Today the views were covered with a dense layer of fog, so the summit was a bit anti-climatic., otherwise I would have given this hike a five star rating. Overall this is a hike that I will look forward to doing again and again. Wear good hiking boots for traction. I found that poles to be an advantage to coming back down without any issues.

hiking
1 month ago

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muddy
rocky
2 months ago

Loved it!

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muddy
rocky
2 months ago

Steep and rocky getting up but so fast and easy coming down - great hike! Clear day recommended for more views but I loved this hike in the fog! Wouldn’t recommend any dogs with sensitive feet or ect- parts of the trail are very rocky and have chain link fence in it for erosion efforts.

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