Explore the most popular birding trails near Seaside with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This is a great trail on a clear day. The views at the top are really beautiful. There is loose rock at some points along the trail but overall it wasn’t too bad. Be careful going downhill. Took a little over 3 hrs to complete round trip.

Awesome hike to this Clatsop County high point. On a clear day you can see Mt. Rainer, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood, Mt. Jefferson, Nehalem Bay, the PacificOcean and the mouth of the Columbia River.

Lovely hike! Definitely agree that the lake is more of a pond. A little muddy in parts and might be difficult in the rain.

Amazing hike. Amazing views. Love burning calories on this trail!!!

Gorgeous hike with amazing views of the Columbia River, the coast line, and five major mountain peaks on a clear day. It's mostly forested and easy the first half and exposed, steep, and rocky the second half.

Be sure to take the .2-mile spur to Humbug for more gorgeous views. This hike is easy enough if you're fit, but don't let it fool you, because it can also be treachorous. I strongly recommend good hiking boots with tread and hiking poles. The second half is steep with loose rock and wire fencing embedded in the ground that can be slippery without proper footwear. Even though it's short, be sure to take your ten essentials and enough food and water in case you're stuck with an injury. It's easy enough for the strongest hikers to sprain or break an ankle.

on Saddle Mountain Trail

10 days ago

Well worth the hike. Definitely not easy, but I’m no expert hiker and did fine.

Well worth the trip - easy drive up. 90% uphill on the way up so a pretty easy way down! Super windy at the top but the views were some of the best I've ever seen. a few picnic tables spread through out to bring some snacks and rest up! Low traffic end of September

I feel so blessed to have been on the top of this mountain on a clear day. We saw Mt Ranier, Mt St Helen’s, Mt Adams, Mt Hood, and Mt Jefferson. We stayed at the summit exploring and taking pictures for a good hour and completed this hike in 3 hours including that time on top The chicken wire on the trail helps with footing. This is a must do hike. You see the ocean and the snow capped mountains

Great trail. If you want to beat the crowd show up by 8

22 days ago

Awesome hike!!! Little sketchy on parts with mesh fencing put down on the trail, but overall pretty well maintained. Great views at the top!!!

Fun trail. Strong climb. Well identified and guarded. Sturdy boots recommended and poles for those not-so-sure footed. Saw all 5 mountains at the top with even some high altitude cloud cover. The last third feels like you are in Scotland or Wales scenery wise.

Very pretty and, at times, slippery trail. He found three newts and a father and son caught a salamander in the lake. Great family hike!

29 days ago

I never get tired of this trail, it changes with the seasons. The Vine Maple is turning red now and there are a few wildflowers still blooming.

30 days ago

For a half-day fun near Seaside/Portland area, definitely do this hike. I did it with my partner, middle September and there were maybe five couples and a few solo hikers we encountered.

To get to the parking, it is 7 miles of long and windy, but well paved roads.

The hike is beautiful with the hardest part being the incline at the end. It is slightly deceiving because you hike up one mountain to view people at the top of the real peak. But at the top it is an unbelieveable site with ocean view, the state of Washington, and the mountains of northeastern Oregon.

Wore sneakers with good traction, did not need full hiking gear.

Side note, there are picnic tables scattered throughout so could just be a fun picnic hike as well.

on Soapstone Lake Trail

1 month ago

Well maintained trail. Definitely slippery on some of the inclines of you hike in the rain. Not overcrowded. Great for dogs on leash. Inclines/declines can be difficult for people with stability issues, otherwise a lovely, easy trail!

1 month ago

1 month ago

pretty muddy spots and trail is hard to find in spots. sure could use some maintenance as we had to climb over large fallen trees and disintegrating boardwalks. We combined it with the trail down from the Ecola viewpoint. that trail was washed out near the end and we had to figure out how to get to the beach. However, with all of that it was a wonderful hike and highly recommended. did it on Sept 8, 2018.

1 month ago

Such a wonderful hike. I think the last half mile is probably the most difficult part, but so worth the effort and sweat!

1 month ago

Sunset hikes at Saddle is a must! It is very challenging but it’s definitely worth the trek.

hiked this trail today from seaside and found it was well maintained. Just hiked 3 miles in as it started to get pretty muddy then turned around. Would do this trail again.

Completed this hike with some friends. it's a bit difficult but only one you get to all of the chain fence looking portion covering up the gravel, I assume to keep the rocks from creating rockslides. I highly recommend wearing something with a thicker sole as a lot of the metal fencing will be torn creating little spikes on the ground. This trail is officially dog friendly but I would not recommend taking your pup on this trail, especially without booties on. This trail is entirely to dangerous for dogs, the chance for injury is kind of high right now. Shoes with good grip and at least 3 liters of water for first time goers is recommended. Please note that this trail, especially towards the end has nearly no shade. Plan accordingly. Have fun and be safe :)

Did this hike at sunset! gorgeous! i would highly recommend a sunset hike up saddle. trail was difficult but well worth it!

It was really foggy and we couldn't see anything, but it had the feel of a foggy Irish hillside. Lovely.

Love this hike! It’s so varied.. dense forest, rocky scree, wide open hillsides and a killer view at the top. Just challenging enough no make it fun. A nice respite from the heat and smoky skies of Portland. Thank you Oregon state parks for installing the wire trail stabilizing system.

1 month ago

Tough hike but worth the effort.

This is a difficult but fun trek up to a beautiful summit. The last bit is a challenge but the 360 degree view is incredible and well worth it. We saw a lot of wild flowers, berries and fungi along the way and made several photo stops as the view is spectacular at several points along the way. Bring water and sunblock, there’s a good portion out from under the trees.

Stunning views, pretty steep at times. I started in Seaside and only saw one person for the first four miles. Got pretty crowded the closer I got to Indian Beach. Large portion of trail is very muddy. Definitely wear hiking boots (not shoes) as the mud is ankle deep in many places. So worth the effort.

awesome, grin a bare the last 2miles. But it's worth it!
Take food and water for lunch at the top

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