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Saddle Mountain Trail, Seaside

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Saddle Mountain is the tallest mountain in Clatsop County in the U.S. state of Oregon. Part of the Oregon Coast Range, Saddle Mountain is in Saddle Mountain State Natural Area in the northwest corner of Oregon. The peak is listed on Oregon’s Register of Natural Heritage Resources.GeologySaddle Mountain was created around 15 million years ago in the Pliocene epoch when lava flows poured down the old Columbia River valley. When the lava encountered the water at the Astoria Sea, great steam explosions and thermal shocks occurred to create a large pile of basalt rocks. The mountain consists of this volcanic breccia, which is a rock made up of broken basalt fragments that are fused together in a fine-grained matrix.HistoryIn modern time, the mountain has been viewed and described by a variety of European and American explorers. Beginning in 1788, these explorers included British captain John Meares, Lewis and Clark in 1805, and the Wilkes Expedition in 1841. Meares named the peak Mont de la Selle in 1788.AccessThe hike to the taller of the two peaks is a 6mi round trip consisting of challenging terrain. Elevation gain is 1603ft and leads to a 360-degree view to the Pacific Ocean, Cascade Mountain peaks such as Mount Hood, and other peaks in the Coast Range. The lower peak—elevation 3200ft— to the east and south does not have trail access. The trail is steep at times along rock outcroppings, but does offer views that include wildflowers in bloom in the springtime.
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  • This was a short hike because it started to rain so hard. The trail is beautiful and not too challenging.  more »
  • The trailhead has a parking lot and bathrooms, before heading out on the trail. The trail starts as paved, but that quickly ends. There are a few picnic spots near the parking lot and there was even a...  more »
  • Saddle Mountain State Park is accessible off of highway 26. It is about a 30 minute drive from Seaside. Once you turn off of highway 26, you will drive another seven miles to reach the parking lot at ...  more »