Saddle Mountain Climber's Log
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|Bob Bolton||Route Climbed: Trail Date Climbed: August 24, 2002|
|On a Saturday afternoon I was trying for two Oregon county highpoints, Columbia and Clatsop. The Columbia HP took longer than I had anticipated, so time was running short by the time I headed for Saddle Mountain. Having not read about getting there, I was dismayed to discover how far it was on the slow, bouncy, narrow road to the trailhead. By the time I got to the TH it was a little more than an hour until sunset, and clouds were rolling in all around. I was determined to get some photos of the cloudtops while the sun was above them, so I hit the trail hard. Even with the stops for photos, I hauled the old body up that trail in 1:02. The sunset was fantastic, but right in the middle of the best color I ran out of film. I went for another roll, only to discover that I had forgotten to put any film into the camera bag. :-( The hike down was dark and wet because the fog had risen much higher, but for only the last mile did I use my headlamp. I'll be back.|
|Posted Dec 18, 2002 8:25 pm|
|crirwin||Route Climbed: Trail Date Climbed: July 2002 (Twice)|
|My wife and I climbed up the mountain twice in July in preparation for St. Helens and others. The first day was cool and cloudy. We really couldn't see a whole lot from the summit. The second day was clear. You get a great view of the coast, Astoria, and the lower Columbia River. Looking east we could make out Rainier and St. Helens. However, it was a little hazy. I bet the views would be great on a clear crisp fall or winter day. It's a good little 6-mile roundtrip work out except that the trail does get crowded.|
|Posted Nov 4, 2002 2:41 pm|
|gacland||Route Climbed: trail Date Climbed: December 15, 1996|
|This was the first time I climbed the mountain, and the hike that the picture I posted is from. We had the most unbelievabe views. I remember the wind being strong and hiding out in the old army boxes that were there.|
Got some great pics of all the peaks.
I have climbed it quite a few times since then in all different weather conditions. Now that I live at the coast I try to pick nice days but the weather changes so fast here.
|Posted Oct 27, 2002 8:08 pm|
|Dave K||Date Climbed: December 1990|
|I think it was 1990. It might have been 1989. Anyway, this is a very nice hike. We encountered another hiker on the way to the summit who was taking her cat for a walk!|
|Posted Oct 22, 2002 3:47 pm|
|Brian Jenkins||Route Climbed: Saddle Mountain Trail Date Climbed: 3/3/02, 2/29/04|
|3/3/02-What an awesome day. I had no idea the views could be this incredible here. The last time I was here it was crappy. Today, I could see a huge expanse of the Pacific and awesome views of Rainier, St. Helens and Adams in a nice little close group from this angle. Also could see Hood and Jefferson. Way in the north we also could see the Olympics. Amazing day. Went with a buddy of mine to start his conditioning for Hood in June. Had greasy fries and a mushroom burger at Oney's Cafe at "Milepost 19 and 1/2 on Highway 26" on the way back to Portland. (That was taken from their menu, hope it's not a copyright violation. Is Everest.com going to claim that is theirs too?)|
2/29/04-light rain at the base changed to huge snowflakes about half way up. The flakes were so big you could hear them landing on the ferns with a small "splat". By the time I got to the saddle, it was a driving snow but it was whipping up from below so the wind went up my jacket and the snow was little needles blowing up into my face. Hit the top, had no views and came back down. Back at the saddle I ran into a couple and the guy had on shorts in a 25 degree snowstorm. I just looked at him and said "Good thinking." As usual, this is always a good little hike you can do about anytime.
3/12/06 With Anette. Tons of snow from the start. Did this one after hiking up Tillamook Head on the Coast.
1/1/08 Ignored the Road Closed sign, made it easily to the trailhead. Lots of snow and blowdowns. Went pretty much straight up to Nipple Rock from the dike. Icy but my new Yaktrax worked well. Very windy up in the saddle. Back home in time to watch my Illini get crushed in the Rose Bowl.
|Posted Mar 3, 2002 5:56 pm|
|snoslidr||Date Climbed: March 1, 2002|
|Killer day, not much wind, only 1 section with a little snow, very little ice. Took 2 panoramics of the Columbia rivermouth clear down to seaside, flipped around and took a picture of Ranier, St. Helens, and Hood(?). Sunny day without a cloud in the sky.|
My suggestion: Hit it early in the AM like we did so you can avoid the traffic! There were 2 cars in the lot when we arrived, and 26 when we left!
|Posted Mar 2, 2002 8:40 pm|
|Brian Jenkins||Route Climbed: Saddle Mountain Trail Date Climbed: 11/25/01|
|I was impressed by the uniqueness of this smaller mountain. Neat features and will definitely go back on a less cloudy day. Saw the ocean for about 20 seconds through the clouds.|
|Posted Dec 5, 2001 5:43 pm|