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Saddle Mountain

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The steep walls of Saddle Mountain (cfm)
Astoria and Young's Bay from Saddle Mountain (Steve Hart)
Lewisia columbiana var. rupicola, a Saddle Mountain endemic (cfm)


Saddle Mountain is the tallest mountain in the vicinity and, as such, it provides great views. Five strato-volcanoes are visible to the east, as well as a number of lesser peaks. The Pacific Ocean is visible to the west. The City of Astoria and the Columbia River can be seen to the north. A handrail protects visitors in the summit area.

Saddle Mountain is the Clatsop County high point. The mountain is formed from the same basalts that are such a dominant feature of the Columbia River Gorge. Fifteen million years ago, when these lava flows reached what was then the Astoria Sea, they fizzed and exploded and created a great mound of breccia that remains the most distinctive prominence at the northern end of Oregon's Coast Range.

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