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Saddle Mountain State Natural Area
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Saddle Mountain State Natural Area
Description - 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.

Attractions - 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).

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

Climate - 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.

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


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Report: If you come here in winter or early spring you are almost guarenteed to see Roosevelt Elk if you just wander a bit off the trail. The summit view and trail are awesome but the temperate rain forest you will find past the clearcuts to the mountains edge is equally magnificent.


More Information

Contact Information:
Oregon Parks & Recreation Department, 1115 Commercial Street NE , Salem, OR, 97301-1002, Phone: 800-551-6949

Additional Information:
North Coast - The North Coast stretches from the Washington border south to Tillamook Bay. This beautiful stretch of coastline is easily accessible from the Portland area.
Oregon State Parks - Oregon's State Parks offer beautiful settings for outdoor recreation activities including camping, yurt or cabin stays, hiking, biking, picnicking, fishing boating, wildlife viewing and much more.

Links:
Oregon State Parks - Official Agency Website

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