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LeviRoute Climbed: Trail  Sucess!


Monday, February 21, 2005 - This was my first hike, no snow even though it was February. Great view and not a single cloud.

Sunday, July 17, 2005 - 2nd time. Started at 7am. We climbed the outcroppings. It was a hot day, made the summit at 10am. We could see from the Olympics to Mount Jefferson.

Sunday, August 14, 2005 - Started 7am, summit 9am. There was a swarm of red ants at the top so we didn't stay long. Got to the hut and went for the middle peak. Ribbon marked the way to the top. Great view but the mountains were hidden in haze. Back to the car at 1pm.

Saturday, December 17, 2005 - Started 4:45am to get sunrise pictures. I got sick at the hut and we turned around. 1/2 mile later turned back around. Hit 50mph winds when we broke out in the open. Summit 10am.

Sunday, February 19, 2006 - Raining at the TH but at 2500 feet we hit snow. In the open was about 40mph winds, no view this time.

Sunday, March 12, 2006 - Snow all the way up. The weather was good it got cloudy when we were at the summit so we headed back to the car. Tried out our snowshoes and then built a big snow man at the summit.

Posted Mar 13, 2006 12:14 am

LCannonRoute Climbed: Saddle Mountain  Sucess!


I climbed this with my husband on the way to a Oregon Coast weekend. I don't remember how long it took, sunny day, awsome views.
Posted Feb 24, 2006 3:30 am

OlympicMtnBoyRoute Climbed: Saddle Mountain Trail Date Climbed: 12-28-2005  Sucess!


I reached the summit in about 1 hour and 15 minutes, but the weather was cold, with high winds and fog. I loved the openess upon reaching the ridge line and it was an enjoying climb, except for the cold wind. Hope to do it again in May when the sunshine and flowers are out.
Posted Dec 29, 2005 8:08 pm

DundeelRoute Climbed: Saddle Mountain Trail Date Climbed: December 10, 2005  Sucess!


Beautiful day. Clear, warm up top, chilly in the valleys. 6-12 inches of snow approaching the summit. Watched the sunset in the ocean from the point just east of the saddle. Moon bright enough, didn't need headlamp to get back to the car. Cohp #32, OR Cohp #1.
Posted Dec 12, 2005 9:02 pm

Harry of OregonRoute Climbed: Saddle Mountain Trail Date Climbed: January 93, 94, 95  Sucess!

Harry of Oregon

It started to become a tradition to climb Saddle Mt. the first Saturday of January in the 90's.

Rain, Wind, Sleet, or Sunshine we had it all and loved every trip.
Posted Sep 9, 2005 1:50 pm

rmpuo76Route Climbed: Summit Trail Date Climbed: July 21  Sucess!
Lots of flowers and a big group from the Beaverton Intel campus passed on my way down.

5 peaks visible but a little hazy. I'll be heading back up at sunrise again on the 23rd.

Lots of flowers but there seems to be lots of thistle and dandelion taking over.
Posted Jul 23, 2005 10:56 pm

jdstrongRoute Climbed: Saddle Mtn Trail Date Climbed: 5/29/2005  Sucess!


Went with a group of friends and hit the clouds at around 2000 feet. No view, but an excellent hike.
Posted Jul 12, 2005 9:31 pm

beentheredonethatDate Climbed: June 18, 2005  Sucess!
Weather wasn't bad when we started but had to encounter a hailstorm and torrential rains on the way up. It was completely fogged up with no views once we got up there. We actually got hit by lightening when standing on the summit, very unnerving to have the current pass through us with sparks flying around but no real harm done. Would suggest some sort of a metal conductor to be dug on the summit to avoid serious accidents like these. Wow, what a scary but exhilarating experience! Definitely plan to return under better weather conditions. Btw, we heard the same 'oomph oopmh' many times that someone else noted too, so we know we didn't imagine it..does anyone know what makes this sound?
Posted Jun 19, 2005 4:26 pm

charlatanDate Climbed: 24 January 2005  Sucess!


Took advantage of unusually clement conditions on this balmy January afternoon. Despite clear conditions we could barely see the ocean, yet we could make out Rainier, St Helens, Hood and Jefferson.
Posted Jun 12, 2005 11:02 pm

DharmaBum1984Route Climbed: Saddle Mountain Trail Date Climbed: May 7, 2005  Sucess!


Foggy & rainy morning hike. Fun trail, but a little crowded and over-logged for my taste...
Posted May 8, 2005 1:04 am

Meredith RoseDate Climbed: April 27, 2005  Sucess!

Meredith Rose

This is the 2nd time I have been up Saddle Mountain. The first time was almost a month ago and it was windy, freezing, and I couldn't see a thing when I got to the top. What a difference a month makes! This time it was incredibly warm and the view was great. It was still a little hazy towards the coast, but a huge improvement over last time.
Posted Apr 28, 2005 9:52 am

Karl HelserRoute Climbed: Main Trail (no short cuts!) Date Climbed: Feb. 19th 2005  Sucess!

Karl Helser

Arrived at the trailhead at 9:30 AM. Nobody else here. The sun was just coming out. The three of us summited at 10:40 AM. The crowds were slow in coming but by noon it was downright busy. Ice patches here and there. (should be gone in a couple of this type of day) Sun came out and was pretty clear. Could see the mouth of the mighty Columbia River, Rainier, ST. Helens, & Adams. I posted a few pics.
Posted Feb 19, 2005 6:43 pm

rangermikeRoute Climbed: Saddle Mtn. Trail Date Climbed: 12 January 2004  Sucess!


Beautiful trip in tons of snow. Slush up to about 2400', then solid snow and ice to the summit. Winds at the saddle were about 35 mph, with snow and sleet. With the weather and deep snow, this little mountain felt a whole lot bigger. If you are heading up in these conditions, it won't hurt to bring your crampons. And maybe a few wands- they were a big help to me.
Posted Jan 13, 2005 11:37 pm

Don NelsenRoute Climbed: Trail Date Climbed: about 1958  Sucess!

Don Nelsen

Went up here with my family back in the late 50's or early 60's and many times since. Always a great little hike and good views if you are lucky enough to have a clear day in this rainy corner of the state.
Posted Nov 28, 2004 7:04 pm

lostmanRoute Climbed: Saddle Mountain Trail Date Climbed: March 2003  Sucess!


One of the most interesting hikes in the Coast Range - such a range of terrain and views. We encountered waterfalls on the trail itself and a decent padding of snow on the mountain top - it gave the hike a really alpine flair.
Posted Jul 7, 2004 2:01 pm

SoupRoute Climbed: Saddle Mt. Trail Date Climbed: June 8, 2004  Sucess!


I started at 7:30am and topped at 8:15, socked in fog for most of the way up. The wild flowers are still out. I saw an elk on the seven mile drive from highway 26 (scared out of it's gourd by my little truck), chipmunks, and birds up the wazzu (one of these days I'm gonna learn to identify them).

I also hiked the little point just south of of Saddle Mt. and it afforded better views due to the cloud cover above... neat rock too. Back at the car by 10:30.

I heard an unidentified "ooomb ooomb" sound in the wooded area. Weird. I heard it on Mt. Defiance too.
Posted Jun 9, 2004 10:42 am

thetathreesRe: Route Climbed: Saddle Mt. Trail Date Climbed: June 8, 2004


people hae already probably responded to this, but the ooomb sound was probably the mating call of the grouse :)
Posted May 31, 2006 5:41 pm

gaclandRoute Climbed: Trail Date Climbed: April 25, 2004  Sucess!
After climbing Neah-kah-nie Mountain in the morning, we ate some lunch and headed up 53 to Saddle.

Beautiful day, lots of people coming down, we got to the top and no one was there. that's always a good feeling.
Posted May 4, 2004 6:05 pm

e.acarRoute Climbed: Saddle Mtn Trail Date Climbed: March, @8th, 04  Sucess!
Great visibility. Good hike to break in the new boots.
Posted Apr 4, 2004 10:42 pm

annaleiserabinekRoute Climbed: Saddle Mountain Trail Date Climbed: February 21, 2004  Sucess!


Easy hike to the top. Sullivan's book classifies it as difficult......I have difficulty in seeing where/how he makes that assumption. Anyway, we had a full parking lot and saw lots of people on the trail. The high clouds didn't prohibit our views by any means. We could see the mouth of the Columbia, Nehalem Bay, Rainier, Helens, Adams, Hood, and just the base of Jefferson. The most interesting part of the trip were the three guys from Singapore that summitted with us, basically. One of them made an interesting comment: that we Oregonians seem to use our land poorly. Hmmm...yes, it looks like its clear-cut all the way to Rainier from the summit of Saddle Mtn, but I don't think thats what he meant. Being from Singapore, I think he thinks we should build on it all, that by not using it then we must be using it poorly. ooooh....Deep thoughts. :-) Happy hiking!
Posted Feb 23, 2004 8:08 pm

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