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Saddle Mountain-Avinash'­s 1st Qualifier

  • Jul 14, 2013 · 8:00 AM
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TOTAL MILES: 5.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 1602 ft
PACE: Moderate
DIFFICULTY RATING: Moderate to difficult due to fairly quick elevation gain and some exposure
ESTIMATED HIKING TIME: 4 hours
PERMITS: None

It is the wild flower and berry season on Saddle Mountain.  Let's go!!

This will be Avinash's first qualifier to become a Hike Leader in the PHMG and as such I will just be along for the ride- I know you'll do a great job out there, Avinash!

CARPOOLING: RT mileage is 110 miles, give or take; we suggest a mileage donation of 10 cents/mile/person, or $11.00. Exact change makes it easier to divide among our drivers. Thanks!

Saddle Mountain is one of very popular hikes up a rather steep rocky outcropping located in the coastal mountain range. Mountaintop views that reach from the Pacific Ocean to Mt Hood await you on this steep climb to the top of a double-peaked summit of basalt.
The trail begins in a lush forest of red alder, with salmonberry lining the path. At a quarter mile, the trail flattens amidst a carpet of oxalis. Soon the alders will be replaced with Douglas-firs and spruces as you switchback up the hillside. The trail skirts around sedum-covered house sized boulders, a preview for the upper portion of the hike. Nearing the one mile mark the woods are periodically opened for steep meadows-which are in bloom from May through July. The top 500 feet of the mountain is made up of huge basalt dikes. The trail is loose gravel, and recently the tread has been completely covered with a chain link fence material to aid in traction. By a mile and half, you will be traveling mostly through the steep rocky meadows that make this hike famous. Admire the flora and the expansive views, but please watch your step. After a short descent through the saddle area, you will make the final steep climb up to the summit- a triangular cement pad that is the former site of a lookout tower.

Please note that there is a MANUAL waiting list for this hike. What this means is that if a spot opens up everyone on the waiting list will automatically receive an e-mail notifying them of the opening. The first person (whether on the waiting list or not) to RSVP gets the spot.

NO DOGS, please.

What to bring:
• Sturdy hiking boots/shoes with at least one change of socks
• Three to Five light layers of clothing that can be adjusted or removed as necessary (NO COTTON!!!)
• Rain gear
• Safety whistle, preferably on a cord around your neck (highly recommended)
• The 10 essentials*
• Trekking poles (never a bad idea)
• Lunch, snacks and plenty of water

*Navigation, Sun protection, Insulation, Illumination, First Aid, Fire, Repair Kit/Tools, Nutrition, Hydration, Emergency Shelter. For a more detailed description, check out “The Ten Essentials” on the Portland Hiking Meetup Group’s FILES page.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Avinash did a great job!

    July 15, 2013

  • Shakul

    Great Hike Avinash....our new fearless leader!!! It was a great weather, beautiful views and great group of people !! Thanks everybody!!

    July 14, 2013

    • Jules

      [masked] :)

      July 15, 2013

    • Shakul

      Thanks Monica. Karin- I'll email you the full res pics tonight.

      July 15, 2013

  • Jules

    What a great hike, Tks! Avinash. Great to meet everyone, look forward to the next one. :)

    July 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Guys! Thank you for letting me tag along! Loved the day! Good luck Avinash on your next hike!
    xoxo

    July 14, 2013

  • Zachary

    Great job out there, Avinash!

    July 14, 2013

  • Monica

    Awesome weather,Awesome Leader,Awesome Hike!!!!Thank you again Avinash for a great hiking experience,it was very nice with breathtaking views and so good to get to know everybody:)I enjoyed every bit of it!!

    July 14, 2013

  • Avinash

    It was nice meeting all of you and thanks for coming to hike by yet to be qualified hike leader. That is indeed mighty brave of all you. I would personally have a tough time going on my own hike, but then I have no choice unlike rest of you ;-) Special thanks for Zack for his support and being a great role model for all hike leaders.

    July 14, 2013

  • Marti

    Thank you, Avinash, for a great hike. it was nice to meet new folks and see the breathtaking views. You must have good connections to have such nice weather to go along with it. --Marti

    July 14, 2013

  • Cindy

    What a great day - fabulous views, great weather, really nice group of folks and our newest, fearless leader, Avinash! Job well done!

    July 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Morning. What's the contact number to call if we are running late or lost or etc?? I will give myself a head start of one hour even if I'm 20 min away. I got lost a lot yesterday... lol

    July 14, 2013

  • Cindy

    Yeah, Denise! It has been too long, come and help me up the mountain.

    1 · July 13, 2013

    • Denise

      I know I keep missing you. My house is on the way so I may just drive ahead...if I get moving in the AM

      July 13, 2013

  • Denise

    You guys may see me there, my weekend plans fell apart & saddle may have a good view tomorrow. Safe travels

    July 13, 2013

  • Marti

    Is there anyone who wants to carpool from Hillsboro to Saddle Mountain instead of meeting at Sunset Transit Center?

    July 4, 2013

    • Avinash

      From Beaverton, you may be closer to our main meeting point at Sunset Transit Center. There is never shortage of cars or drivers

      July 13, 2013

    • Jules

      Tks, see you guys at Sunset then! Looking forward to it. :)

      July 13, 2013

  • Zachary

    My car is in the shop over the weekend. Can someone pick me up in Sellwood?

    July 12, 2013

  • Marti

    Last call for anyone wanting to carpool from the Orenco Station area of Hillsboro. Shakul and I are carpooling. - Marti

    July 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I Took A.Fall This Weekend And Will Not Be Able To doThis hike, I Am Do Bummed

    July 8, 2013

  • Kathy

    I was up there on Sunday and it was socked in but the flowers are out and it is gorgeous. I'd advice poles as people were falling down all day long. It is steep with loose gravel but a lot of the spots have wire with makes the trail so much better. Hope you guys get a view.

    3 · July 8, 2013

    • Shelley

      Definitely a great hike and on my list to do again!

      1 · July 8, 2013

  • Dawn

    Was just up there on Saturday, lots and lots of wildflowers and beautiful views. I agree with Kathy, lots of people falling due to the loose gravel so be careful and enjoy!!!

    1 · July 8, 2013

    • Avinash

      Thanks for your inputs. This is a great hike, but not for beginners. Everyone should be prepared with good shoes and hiking poles. Be ready for lots of loose gravel and a fairly steep slope.

      1 · July 8, 2013

  • Monica

    I want to join :)

    July 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm so excited!

    July 4, 2013

  • Marti

    I'm looking forward to a coastal hike with good views. Saddle Mountain sounds like the place to be.

    July 3, 2013

  • Juergen

    Nooo, I really wanted to go with you, Avinash, but I am on the car camp event with Matt. :-(

    July 2, 2013

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