Washington County Highpoint Trip Report
two summits on Saddle Mountain (3,464 and 3,440+ feet)
Date: June 22, 2007
Author: Michael Schwartz
We used Dean Molen's report and still managed to take a few wrong turns on the approach.
A few hints to simplify matters: When you reach the stop-signed
junction with the road to Brown's Camp, some 2.3 miles in from OR 6, bear right
onto Beaver Dam Road. In 0.4 mile you pass a couple of roads dropping down to
the right and a quarry ahead on the left. Stay on the main road another mile
and then pass the signed Saddle Mountain Road (the one you do NOT want to take)
junction on the left. Again stay on the main road and follow Dean's directions
from that point for several miles to the saddle from which the hiking begins.
The formerly "rutted jeep road" to the eastern summit has recently been widened
into a huge gravel logging road, blocked by a few boulders. Take it to within
100 feet of the benchmark and scramble up the raw embankment to the undisturbed
woods at the highpoint chimney and benchmark boulder.
No changes on the western summit.