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.