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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Neahkahnie Mountain

  • Level: Easy  (Beginner Level: Challenging.)
  • Length: 3 miles
  • Elevation: 900 ft. gain
  • Type: out and back
  • Open: all year
  • Permit: n/a
  • Drive time from Portland: 1h50m
  • Google map: n/a, the trailhead that comes up on google isn’t one I did. See below.

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Cape Lookout

  • Level: Easy  (Beginner Level: Challenging.)
  • Length: 4.8 miles
  • Elevation: 400* ft. gain
  • Type: out and back
  • Open: all year
  • Permit: n/a
  • Drive time from Portland: 1h40m
  • Google map: “Cape Lookout Trailhead”

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Cascade Head

  • Level: Moderate (from lower trailhead)
  • Length: 4.2 miles
  • Elevation: 1,200 ft. gain
  • Type: out and back
  • Open: all year
  • Permit: n/a
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Drive time from Portland: 2 hours
  • Google map: “Knight County Park”
  • Features: Siuslaw National Forest, Pacific Ocean, Oregon coast, VIEWS
  • Pair with: Drift Creek Falls, coastal adventures near Lincoln City

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Drift Creek Falls

  • Level: Easy (Beginner Level: Doable)
  • Length: 3 miles
  • Elevation: 400-500 ft. gain
  • Type: out and back
  • Open: all year
  • Permit: Northwest Forest Pass, or $5
  • Drive time from Portland: 2 hours
  • Google map: “Drift Creek Falls Trail”
  • Features: Siuslaw National Forest, waterfall, huge suspension bridge
  • Pair with: any of the Cascade Head trails, coastal adventures near Lincoln City

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Travel Journal March 2 – 6, 2016

Locations: Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park in California, the Oregon Coast via 101-N from Brookings to Cannon Beach, Boardman Corridor, Alfred A. Loeb State Park, Gold Beach, Port Orford, Bandon, Coos Bay, Sunset Bay State Park, Florence, Yachats, Beverly Beach, Newport, Lincoln City, Tillamook Cheese Factory, Cape Kiwanda, Cape Lookout, Hug Point
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Boy Scout Tree

  • Level: Easy (Beginner Level: Challenging)
  • Length: 5.8 miles
  • Elevation: 600 ft. gain
  • Type: out and back
  • Open: check with forest service in winter

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