The weather in Oregon has been out of this world (if we’re ignoring the past 3 days of rain), and we’ve been spending as much time outside as possible. A few weekends ago, we headed to the coastal mountains to enjoy the sweet, sweet sunshine on Saddle Mountain.
I’m pretty sure I raved about this trail the first time we did it, so I’ll spare you the repeat and just let you enjoy the views from Saddle Mountain. It’s absolutely my favorite hike in the coastal mountains, with views of the ocean, Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, and Mt. Rainier.
We lucked out with weather so perfect that we could sit on top of Saddle Mountain and eat our lunch in the sunshine while gazing out at the Pacific Ocean.
This hike is pretty spectacular, and is, understandably, super crowded. If you go, go early to get a parking spot. To get to the Saddle Mountain Trailhead, take US 26 W from Portland for about 65 miles. Turn right at the sign for Saddle Mountain State Park. The trailhead is at the end of a very potholed 7-mile long road. There are some pretty subpar bathrooms at the trailhead (perhaps bring your own toilet paper). No day use fee or pass required.