Saddle Mountain Cheat Sheet
Hiking Distance: 6 Miles
Elevation Gain: 1700′
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Dogs Allowed: Yes (use extreme caution)
Bikes Allowed: No
Horses Allowed: No
Parking Fee: None
Features: Views, Wildflowers, Dense Forest, Picnic Tables along Trail
Distance from Burnside Bridge: 72 Miles
Saddle Mountain is a must-do for any avid hiker in the Portland area. The views are spectacular and the changing scenery and rock formations keep things interesting. It’s a tough hike but worth it if you don’t mind (or even enjoy) those dizzying moments as you climb ever upward.
Theres a side trail about 0.2 miles in that you should definitely check out. I think it’s one of the best views on a hike full of amazing views.
If your dog is clumsy, like mine, you may want to leave her home when you hike this one. There is wire fencing on the path in some places to help with erosion which could trip your dog, and other areas that are just generally dicey.
Because this is such an amazing hike, the trail tends to get busy. Try checking it out on a weekday if that’s an option for you.
For more info, check out the Saddle Mountain Trail Guide.
Here’s a link to the Saddle Mountain trailhead location.