Saddle Mountain

Location: near Seaside, Oregon

Level: moderate
Round trip/Gain: 5.2 miles/1600 ft
Type: out-and-back
Permit: n/a

One maaaaajorly notable thing: TRAFFIC. I left Portland at 8am, and the traffic was stop-and-go there and back for many miles. I think I spent about 4.5 hours in the car round trip. If you’re in or around Portland, it’s prob a good idea to leave super early in the morning and be on your way back by 1pm.

Not gonna lie, I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to do this one. I know those stats aren’t crazy, but the elevation gains on this trail are… creative. Some of the steepest pitches I’ve ever been on, but they’re short. My feet have been doing a lot better so I decided to give it a shot and much to my surprise, there wasn’t a single moment where I felt like I wasn’t going to make it to the top. Not that it was easy, but I’m doing so much better than I thought I was. I had a great time!

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Up ahead, the summit. Yep, it all comes at you like that. Many of the steep pitches have this chainlink trail cover and it really helps, especially on the declines. Still, I prob wouldn’t go here on a rainy day.
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On a clear day, you get a 360 view from the ocean to Mt. Hood and other Cascade peaks. I’ve done this trail twice and haven’t lucked out, but these views do just fine.

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That’s the Pacific Ocean out there. I loved the dramatic clouds.

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