Location: near Seaside, Oregon
Round trip/Gain: 5.2 miles/1600 ft
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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Kicked my fat dyke ass up Saddle Mountain today. The country is still a fiery trash pit hellscape, but my body is mysteriously working again and my brain demons seemed to have taken a hike, too. I guess somewhere under that cloak of hopelessness and depression I actually was doing the work. Not to be dramatic 🤷🏻♀️ . #saddlemountain #itakethelongway #unlikelyhiker