Randy May Family in Hillsboro Oregon

May 20, 2008

Saddle Mountain State Park

Filed under: Camping,Hiking,Scenic Trips — rmay4 @ 1:50 am
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(Updated 6.2.10 – This still reigns as one of our all time favorite hikes and memories)

State Park Overview:

We did this trail late one afternoon and had a cup of fresh coffee while watching the clouds roll in below us and fill in all the valleys leaving us and only a few peaks showing through.  As the sun began to set, it cast a colorful glow and then the view became magical. It appeared to be rolling wet waves of fire as the dark red rays of sun set illuminated the thick cloud cover below us. The hike back down in the dark could have been better as we decended down into the cloud bank that looked so asesome before,quickly became damp, wet and dark.  But still to this day, my kids then 8 and 11, remember this as their most memorable and awesome trip ever and is a motivating memory to encourage them to get out again.  Don’t miss it.  If you don’t like the trip, I reccomend it again, give is second chance.  It has great potential.  It would be an early sunrise hike also I think.

Two and a half miles. That’s all it is from the parking lot (elev. 1,650′) to the summit of Saddle Mountain (elev. 3,283′). Be prepared to marvel at the sheer volume of natural beauty packed onto the mountain, from a mature forest setting to fields of wildflowers to an open rocky summit. The view from the top of the mountain is one that cannot be described … it must be experienced.

The trip to the top isn’t an everyday stroll through the woods, though. Come prepared with water and layer your clothing. The temperature is very different at the summit than in the parking lot. Wear appropriate shoes for rough terrain and be prepared for some steep grades, which make for interesting climbing. A nice walking stick and friend’s hand would be helpful in many areas. As you climb, though, remember to look up and out at the landscape before you. Also look down at the wild floral show that may only exist at that elevation. Take frequent breaks and enjoy this unique landscape as well as the beauty of the forest below you.

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4 Comments »

  1. hi randy~

    i was wondering if you could tell me a little bit about the campsites and how close they are to the parking lot. about how far do you hike in from the lot to get to the sites…

    thanks a bunch!

    ~karrie

    Comment by karrie — July 16, 2009 @ 12:28 am | Reply

    • It is all right there. The camp grounds, the parking and the trail head are all just minutes apart. We have not camped there but saw the facilities when we went there to hike.

      Comment by rmay4 — July 17, 2009 @ 1:09 am | Reply

  2. hmmmm…. don’t know why i didn’t get email notification of your reply. but thank you.

    the hike is spectacular. the view from the top, breath-taking.

    the campgroud was nice except for a ridiculous amount of flies. that part was creepy. like a horror movie. it was not enjoyable. i would not camp there again but i would do the hike.

    Comment by karrie — October 23, 2009 @ 12:38 am | Reply

  3. Had a friend who hiked to the top in the dark laster Easter morning and said it was way worth. It is recommended trip if you are comfortable and experienced with hiking in the dark. If that sounds like you, consider it, Just be safe and plan ahead. At that elevation wind and weather can change quickly and it could get dangerous.

    Comment by rmay4 — June 3, 2010 @ 6:19 am | Reply


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