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Northern Oregon Coast, Oregon

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  • Pink fawn lily (Eruthronium revolutum).- Saddle Mountain
  • Pacific bleeding heart (Dicentra formosa).- Saddle Mountain
  • Coastal reindeer lichen (Cladina portentosa).- Saddle Mountain
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  • Red flowering currant (Ribes sanguineum).- Saddle Mountain
  • Devil's club (Oplopanax horridus).- Saddle Mountain
  • Common haircap moss (Plytrichum commune).- Saddle Mountain
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  • Martindale's desert parsley (Lomatium martindalei).- Saddle Mountain
  • Coltsfoot (Petasites frigidus).- Saddle Mountain
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  • View from the summit on a cloudy day.- Saddle Mountain
  • Grand fir (Abies grandis).- Saddle Mountain
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  • Oregon stonecrop (Sedum oreganum).- Saddle Mountain
  • Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Saddle Mountain
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  • Panoramic view looking south from Saddle Mountain.- Saddle Mountain
  • Common red paintbrush (Castilleja miniata).- Saddle Mountain
  • Olymic onion (Allium crenulatum).- Saddle Mountain
  • Stream valleys filled with red alder (Alnus rubra).- Saddle Mountain
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Views from the Pacific to the Cascades. Wildflowers. Diverse terrain.
Cons: 
Often blanketed in clouds.
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Region:
Northern Oregon Coast, OR
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,630.00 ft (496.82 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
6.00 mi (9.66 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
1,650.00 ft (502.92 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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If you are heading out to the coast from Portland, a hike up Saddle Mountain is an absolute must!  Just 7 miles off of Highway 26, the giant basalt outcropping is the highest peak in the northern portion of the coast range, and on clear days it offers fabulous panoramic views that stretch from the Cascade Range to the Pacific Ocean.

The trail begins climbing immediately from the parking lot, and some portions of the trail can be quite steep, so bring shoes with good traction.  Although the hike is a continuous climb, there are plenty of spots to rest along the way, including picnic tables that are spread out along the trail and vista points that make taking a breather well worth the time.  Hiking through stands of red alder, second-growth Sitka spruce and noble fir, the lower section of the trail is dotted with an incredible variety of wildflowers, including pink fawn lily, Pacific bleeding heart and western trillium.  Once farther up the trail, take a close look at the basalt, as it hosts a coral-like landscape of unique grasses, mosses and sedums.

The Saddle Mountain State Natural Area also offers 10 walk-in campsites sprinkled around the trailhead, with amenities including restrooms (without showers), running water, picnic tables and built-in fire rings.  Camping is only $5 per night.

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