Saddle Mountain

In early August Sue and I hiked Saddle Mountain. It's a very steep lump of lava near the coast with two peaks separated by a saddle. On a clear day you can see both Mt. Saint Helens and the ocean, but today there were clouds both West and North even though it was completely clear where we hiked.

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The left peak of Saddle Mountain, as seen from the trailhead.
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The right peak of Saddle Mountain, as seen from the trailhead.
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The trail started in this alder woods.
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Sue at the start.
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A view from midway up the mountain.
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There were lots of rocky crags sticking out of the mountain.
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On the way up there were lots of strange flowers that grew out of the rocks.
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Here's another picture of the strange rock flowers, this time from a patch that wasn't fully in bloom so you can see the plants underneath.
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To keep the trail from washing away (and to improve footing) there was chickenwire laid on the trail in parts. This was in the saddle between the two peaks.
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The second (Northern) peak. You can see the trail to the top if you look carefully.
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The Northern peak, with Sue and I.
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The parking lot, as seen from the saddle.
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More rocky crags.
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A shoulder coming off of the peak. You can see the clearcuts down below and a person sitting on the shoulder (she was reading a book).
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On a clear day, we would be able to see the Pacific from here, but there were some clouds over the coast.
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Between the shoulder and the actual peak there was a huge chasm. You can see people standing on the left side of it here.
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Sue taking a drink in front of some rocks as we go back down the mountain.
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We're almost back to the bottom of the trail here.
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It didn't come out so well in the picture, but this rock was really amazing the way that it was completely covered in moss on one side.
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