Humbug Mountain (Clatsop County)

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Humbug Mountain (Clatsop County)
Created On: Jun 2, 2014
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Looking at Humbug Mountain
Looking at Humbug Mountain

Humbug Mountain, located in the Coastal Range of Oregon, 17 miles East of Seaside, Oregon, on Sunset Highway, is a little known mountain with a logging road all the way to the top of the summit.  This mountain has over 1,000 feet of prominence, which helps give it excellent views, especially to the South.

This mountain is on private land and is not popular and has excellent views to the South and to the ocean with views through the clear-cuts starting 1.4 miles up the road.  There are some views that are pretty and are very open.  There are some pretty yellow flowers (not sure of the name) that dot the trail, along with slugs and other interesting wildflowers.  The mountain is a clear-cut logging road all the way to the top and is fairly wide, with easy footing most of the way.  However, there appeared to be a lot of loose rocks getting close to the top and falling rocks and trees that you need to be careful about.  On the way, there is a lot of beautiful greenery.

The summit of Humbug from the road
The summit of Humbug from the road

The mountain has excellent views to the south and to the ocean with the clear-cuts starting 1.4 miles up the road.  This mountain is overshadowed by its Northern neighbor, Saddle Mountain, which is a very popular local trail and is on public state land called Saddle Mountain State Park. 

The most impressive fact about Humbug Mountain is that for a “Small” mountain, it has really beautiful views.  The clouds can often cloud this view, but sometimes it is just the mist moving off from the ocean.  There is the ocean way off in the distance,and I imagine on a clear day, one would be able to see it.  Humbug Mountain has a soft beauty.  On the summit, there is a cell phone tower,but that does not detract from its beauty. 

Flowers and the Coast Range
Flowers and the Coast Range

Getting There

The route up Humbug Mountain road is about 18 miles to the east of Seaside and Cannon Beach on Highway 26 (Sunset Valley Highway). The route up Humbug Mountain is also 68 miles from Portland on Highway 26 (Sunset Valley Highway). The road is hard to see and is just east of a creek on the northside. It best to get to Hugbug using the map below. My husband and I passed it once so really pay attention because the road is unmarked. 


Map of the Route
Map of the Route
Humbug Mountain Route:
Class 1 Roadwalk
5.8 miles
1100 feet of elevation gain

This is a beautiful roadwalk all the way up. 
Heading up the road
Heading up the road

Red Tape

The Red Tape
The Red Tape. This sign spells it out for hikers 

Though this mountain is on private timber land, hiking on this road is legal provided there is no active logging happening on this road. 

When to Climb

Tower on the Peak
Tower on the Peak

This mountain can be climbed at any time of the year. It does on occasion snow here in winter but rarely is there enough snow for snowshoeing. However this mountain is a safe alternative for winter travel to the northern neighbor Saddle Mountain which can be dangerous when snow covered. 
View from the summit
Classic views


There is no camping allowed on this mountain due to the fact that it on private timber land. It is legal to park there one hour before the sunrise and one hour after the sunset provided there is no active logging in the region. Nearby Saddle Mountain does have a number of campsites available (fee) on a first come first serve basis.  

External Links

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Humbug Mountain (Clatsop County)

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