Saddle Mountain State Natural Area is cherished for its hiking trails, wildflowers and breathtaking scenery. A small, seasonal campground, day-use picnic area, a two and a half mile trail to the summit and a short .16 mile side trail are the humble offerings at Saddle Mountain. While it may not seem like much, be prepared to marvel at the sheer volume and quality of natural beauty packed into this park. From a mature forest setting with a variety of habitats; to fields of grassy open “balds” filled with wildflowers; to an open rocky summit; words cannot describe the beauty and wonder experienced on the trail. If the trail’s natural beauty and wildflowers aren’t enough to entice you to the top, the panoramic view from the 3,283-foot summit will. On a clear day you can see the sweep of the Columbia River as it enters the sea, miles of Pacific shoreline- and on the eastern horizon, the Cascade Mountains in Oregon and Washington.
The main trail is steep and difficult in spots, with a 1603 feet rise in elevation over 2.5 miles. It is recommended for experienced hikers wearing proper footwear and clothing. Weather conditions can change rapidly, bringing wind and rain year round and snow in winter. Portions of the trail can be slick in wet conditions. The challenge this popular trail provides is well worth the reward. If you aren’t up for the rigorous climb of the main hike, try the short, 10 minute Humbug Mountain viewpoint trail that shoots off from the main trail a quarter mile from the trailhead. For the safety of your dog and courtesy to others, please keep your dog on a leash.