What to do in Saddle Mountain State Natural Area

Two and a half miles. That's all it is from the parking lot to the summit of Saddle Mountain. Be prepared to marvel at the sheer volume of natural beauty packed onto the mountain, from a mature forest setting to fields of wildflowers to an open rocky summit. The view from the top of the mountain is one that cannot be described, it must be experienced.

The trip to the top of Saddle Mountain isn't an everyday stroll through the woods. Come prepared with water and layer your clothing. The temperature is very different at the summit than in the parking lot. Wear appropriate shoes for rough terrain and be prepared for some steep grades, which make for interesting climbing. A nice walking stick and friend's hand would be helpful in many areas. As you climb, though, remember to look up and out at the landscape before you. Also look down at the wild floral show that may only exits at that elevation. Take frequent breaks and enjoy this unique landscape as well as the beauty of the forest below you.

Vital stats: Open March - November. The campground provides 10 primitive campsites at trailhead (RVs restricted to parking area).

Saddle Mountain provides opportunities for camping, hiking, picnicking, and viewing scenery.

Saddle Mountain is located along the North Coast, off U.S. 26, southeast of Seaside and 8 miles northeast of Necanicum Junction.

The Oregon coast receives abundant rainfall, mostly between October and April. July and August bring the best chance for clear days. Summer temperatures are normally moderate and almost never hot. Winter temperatures are normally cool at the lower elevations and cold at the higher elevations. Although snow is possible in the lowest elevations, it is infrequent and does not stay on the ground for long.

1115 Commercial Street NE
Salem, OR 97301-1002

Phone: 800-551-6949

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