Saddle Mountain

5.2 mi RT, 1500 ft elev change
We'll climb this 3283 ft. peak that Native peoples dubbed Swallalahoost. There is loose gravel and a steep climb on this trip, so boots with good traction and hiking poles are a must.

Views will include Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams and Mt. Hood enchanting us with their snow-covered elegance. To the west are views of the ocean, Astoria and the mouth of the Columbia River. The grandeur of the volcano and ocean vistas is compromised only the the broad sweeps of clearcut and mostly denuded Humbug Mountain.

Saddle Mountain is also home to some 300 flora species including rare endemics such as: Saddle Mountain bittercress, frigid shootingstar, queen of the forest, Saddle Mountain saxifrage, bristly sidalcea and long-awned sedge. We'll look for copperbush, prairie smoke and Siskiyou fritillary too.

As is common on my hikes, share your knowledge of local natural or cultural history--so DO SOME HOMEWORK--e.g., find a plant list and look up some plants ahead of time; better yet, find an insect list for the area or research the Native American history.

This trip will go at a moderate pace with stops for interpretation and photos.
Dogs are not allowed--except for service dogs. Call Mary at[masked] (land line) with questions.

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  • Susan B.

    I great challenging hike.

    June 12, 2013

  • Mary V.

    Thanks Zhong for the kind words, photos and your interest. You too, Sebastian and Susan! I will soon add some of my photos of you folks. Want to remind you of the name of the book I brought: "Attracting Native Pollinators: Protecting North America's Bees and Butterflies" by the Xerces Society. It compliments another of my favorites: "Bringing Nature Home" by Doug Tallamy.

    June 11, 2013

  • Zhong

    Excellent. Perfect weather, great choice of a hike: lots of flowers. Mary is such a knowledgeable lead. Not just the name of plants, but their use, myth,... I learnt a lot. Thanks Mary. Looking forward to your next hike.

    1 · June 9, 2013

  • Erin

    Sorry, I stayed up too late for this early hike.

    June 8, 2013

  • Erin

    Sorry, I stayed up too late for this early hike!

    June 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Think I am going to have to cancel last minute...

    June 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I think I am going to have to cancel last minute.

    June 7, 2013

  • Sebastian

    Hello. Very interested in committing to this hike. Unfortunately, for me, and fortunately, for the planet, I have no vehicle. I'm a college student here in Forest Grove and have used Trimet many times. I am willing to rise early and be at the Sunset Transit Center. Please let me know if anyone has room for me to tag along. Thanks!

    June 3, 2013

    • Mary V.

      It would be great if anyone else on the list of attendees lived near Forest Grove and could meet Sebastian out there so he doesn't have to backtrack. Is there anyone?

      June 7, 2013

    • Sebastian

      Alarm is set. Catching a bus early and will be meeting you guys at Sunset TC at 7:50am. This should be a lot of fun.

      June 7, 2013

  • Erin

    Hi! I'd like to carpool with someone, and I will give gas money for the ride...See you tomorrow!

    June 7, 2013

    • Mary V.

      The reason we are meeting at Sunset Transit Center is to CARPOOL from there. Sunset is a Max stop on the Blue and Red lines. We meet at transit stops so people without a car can attend.

      June 7, 2013

  • Mary V.

    Do any of you who are driving to Sunset get onto Hwy 26 from I-405? If so, can you pick me up at SW 12th & Clay? It is just a brief detour at the Hwy 26 exit to take 12th Ave for 3-4 blocks and turn L on Clay--which takes you right back to Hwy 26.

    June 7, 2013

  • Anna

    Mary, Please withdraw my name from the sign up list.
    for the Saddle Mt hike.
    Sincerely,
    Anna T+1

    June 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My wife is out of town, and my children are struggling with missing her, so we are doing some family things tomorrow.

    1 · June 7, 2013

  • mark

    will be working due to Rose Festival parade. This one will have to go back on my wish list, sorry.

    June 3, 2013

  • aibin l.

    Sorry i can't attend this one. I will hike another route. Thanks

    June 3, 2013

  • aibin l.

    Sorry i can't attend this one. I will hike another route. Thanks

    June 3, 2013

  • shah

    how can i contact you?

    June 2, 2013

  • mark

    I'm guessing you mean 8 AM.

    May 27, 2013

  • Andrea

    Got it :)

    May 27, 2013

  • Andrea

    Assuming you meant 8:00 AM?

    May 27, 2013

  • Mary V.

    I fixed the start time--which I would like to make the LEAVE time, so please be there by 7:50 AM. I also opened the RSVPs and noted that I'm bringing a guest whose name is Bob. Actually, Bob is coming from the Washington coast.

    May 27, 2013

  • Yehudah W.

    RSVP's are closed Mary and the start time is incorrect. We're thinking about doing this one, but not sure yet.

    May 15, 2013

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