Once-in-a-Lifetime Pacific Northwest Hike through the Mist and Mud

There is something to be said for finding the right hike at right place and time. One summer day last July, my brother and I set out to climb Saddle Mountain on the Oregon Coast. Located one hour from Portland and a half hour from Cannon Beach, Saddle Mountain is known for its difficulty. The trail quickly gains 1,640 feet in elevation over a short 2.5-mile trek to the summit. It’s by no means an easy hike on a good day, let alone a stormy one.

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As luck would have it, a summer rainstorm struck just as we reached the trailhead. But if everyone in Oregon canceled plans every time it started raining, then we’d never get anything done. We were prepared with the right gear and, Oregonians that we are, we decided to tackle Saddle Mountain anyway. The result was a muddy scramble through the foggy slopes of wildflowers to the top of Saddle Mountain. The clouds parted as we reached the summit for stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. Needless to say, this is one of my favorite hikes of all time and besides, a little rain never hurt anyone.

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Chloe Highberger is a freelance writer and photographer based in the Pacific Northwest. As a life-long Oregonian, Chloe is an avid hiker and loves to explore all of the best-of-the-best experiences that her home state has to offer. Follow Chloe’s latest adventures via her online portfolio and via Twitter @ChloeHighberger. This is Chloe’s second contribution to the Journal.

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