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Saddle Mountain is one of the highest and most popular peaks in the northwestern part of Coast Range of Oregon. It was formed by lava eruption in Idaho that flowed into the ocean. The mountain could be best climbed from April through November with May, June, and July being the most delightful months due to blooming wildflowers.
The peak located in the Saddle Mountain Natural State Area could be reached by Saddle Mountain Trail. It's a 4.5-mi (7.2-km) trail that starts near Seaside, Oregon. The trail is rather difficult, but once you get to the saddle-shaped summit, you'll be rewarded with a fantastic view of the Pacific Ocean coast and Mounts St. Helens, Rainier, Adams, and Hood. A viewing platform is located on an elevation of 3,290 feet (1,003 m). The mountain is covered by large basalt slabs that create an illusion of some ancient building rising up from its side. The area has about ten primitive campsites to spend the night.
To get to Saddle Mountain Trailhead take Highway 26 west from Portland for 66 mi (106 km) until you see the Saddle Mountain State Park sign. Drive through the park for about 7 mi (11 km) on Saddle Mountain Road. From the parking lot, you'll see the first campsite area. The paved trail ends soon, and you'll be climbing through the forest with red alders, Douglas-firs and spruces.