Saddle Mountain (7/28/2014)

  • Location: Saddle Mountain State Park
  • Start: Saddle Mountain Trailhead
  • Distance: 5.2 miles
  • Duration: 2 hours 40 minutes (breaks not included)
  • Elevation gain: 1600 feet
  • Type: Out-and-back
  • References:Β 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: PortlandΒ by Paul Gerald; Oregon Hikers

We did this short and sweet hike during a weekend stayΒ in Gearhart. The trailhead is located a few minutes outside of Seaside, so you could do this hike and still have time to hang out at the beach! Despite some steeper climbing near the end, the incline for the majority of the hike is pretty gradual. The final stretch to the summit is completely void of trees, which means you get panoramic views even before you reach the top (unlike other hikes where you usually switchback through a heavily forested area before reaching the exposed summit). Since this area is so close to the beach, you have a fantastic view of the ocean once you reach the top.

Final stretch

The saddle between the two peaks

Heading back down
The end of a lovely hike
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