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Saddle Mountain State Natural Area

Saddle Mountain SNA in Clatsop County contains the highest peak in the north Coast Range and contains remnant old growth forest, which hosts Marbled Murrelets.

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Saddle Mountain SNA in Clatsop County contains the highest peak in the north Coast Range and contains remnant old growth forest, which hosts Marbled Murrelets.

Location: North of Highway 26 and just east of US 101, a double-peaked saddle of pillow basalt rises 3,283 feet out of the surrounding forest to form the highest peak in the north Coast Range and the highest in NW Oregon.

Description: Saddle Mountain, previously known to Native Americans as Swallalhoost, is itself is a registered Oregon National Heritage site.  The surrounding state natural area has been designated an Important Bird Area for both Marbled Murrelet and Sooty Grouse (formerly Blue Grouse).  A rigorous 2.5 mile hike with an elevation gain of 1,650 feet affords sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, Mount Rainier, Mount St. Helens, Mount Hood, Mount Jefferson, and on a clear day, the Olympics to the north.  It provides a spectacular nearly 360-degree view of Oregon State Park-owned intact forest upon which Northern Spotted Owl and Marbled Murrelet rely, and beyond that, a surrounding mosaic of clear-cut state forest and industrial forest.

Ornithological Highlights: Marbled Murrelets nest in the old growth forest on the north side. As many as 12 individuals have been seen during early morning censuses conducted in each year in late June from 1991 to present. Other breeding species include Blue Grouse, Hammond's Flycatcher, and Hermit Warbler. It may also have breeding Calliope Hummingbirds.

For more information on Saddle Mountain State Natural Area, please see the Technical Site Report in the National IBA database.

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Location: North of Highway 26 and just east of US 101, a double-peaked saddle of pillow basalt rises 3,283 feet out of the surrounding forest to form the highest peak in the north Coast Range and the highest in NW Oregon.

Description: Saddle Mountain, previously known to Native Americans as Swallalhoost, is itself is a registered Oregon National Heritage site.  The surrounding state natural area has been designated an Important Bird Area for both Marbled Murrelet and Sooty Grouse (formerly Blue Grouse).  A rigorous 2.5 mile hike with an elevation gain of 1,650 feet affords sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, Mount Rainier, Mount St. Helens, Mount Hood, Mount Jefferson, and on a clear day, the Olympics to the north.  It provides a spectacular nearly 360-degree view of Oregon State Park-owned intact forest upon which Northern Spotted Owl and Marbled Murrelet rely, and beyond that, a surrounding mosaic of clear-cut state forest and industrial forest.

Ornithological Highlights: Marbled Murrelets nest in the old growth forest on the north side. As many as 12 individuals have been seen during early morning censuses conducted in each year in late June from 1991 to present. Other breeding species include Blue Grouse, Hammond's Flycatcher, and Hermit Warbler. It may also have breeding Calliope Hummingbirds.

For more information on Saddle Mountain State Natural Area, please see the Technical Site Report in the National IBA database.

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