Saddle Mountain

By Leslie Parks - Friday, August 12, 2011

We are a family that likes to hike.  Sometimes I wonder why.  I mean you spend hours walking up a hill to get to the top.  You rest 15 minutes, look around and spend hours to get down.  When you get down, you drive and then you are tired.  What is the point?  Well, for us the point is a sense of accomplishment, some family time, to enjoy creation, see some places that are off the beaten track.  So while on vacation that is exactly what we did.  Saddle Mountain is about 7 miles off of Highway 26 in Oregon.  That's the highway that runs from Hwy 101 (the coastal highway) to Portland.
It's a 2.5 mile hike to one of the highest peaks in the county and offers amazing view.  It is quite steep but I was able to do this without trek poles and my knees didn't hurt.  The trail is kept in good condition with wire netting staked into place on the steeper parts.  Although I did find amusing that they placed a rail perimeter at the top.  There is no water available along the trail (so don't rely on a filter) so bring some.  The kids enjoyed it.  Isaac and I were able to have a great talk about the topic of the week at camp:  Choices.  I think it took us over 1 1/2 hours to reach to top.  We were getting ready to come down when a group of kids showed up, they ran the whole thing.  That's not me.  Lona's counselors did this hike at 4:00 in the morning so they could watch the sunrise.  Hmm, I think that's a great idea.  It would be beautiful.

Pendant notre vacance, nous faisons une randonnee a Saddle Mountain.  C'est tres joli, nous pouvons voir presque autour de nous jusqu'a l'ocean.  C'est le plus haut place dans la region. 

Il y a seulment 2.5 milles mais vraiment abruptes.  Je peut le faire sans mal aux genoux. Nous avons rencontre une groupe qui a courire tout la randonnee.  C'est pas moi.  Les conseillers de Lona la font a 4:00 du matin pour voir l'arriver du soleil.  Je pense que c'est joli, peut etre une autre annee nous pouvons le faire. 

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