Hikers can spy Mount Hood, the Pacific Ocean and the Columbia River at the summit of Saddle Mountain.

One of the most scenic and popular hikes in Oregon’s Coast Range remains closed and probably won’t reopen until at least next spring.

Saddle Mountain State Natural Area, known for its rare wildflowers and butterflies that adorn the tallest peak in the northern Coast Range, was closed in August 2021 after a footbridge broke and hasn’t reopened.

The hike up Saddle Mountain in the Coast Range offers old-growth forest, wildflower meadows and sweeping views from the Pacific Ocean to the Oregon Cascade volcanoes.

The park, which has a small campsite, was also closed for about a year during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The biggest problem preventing reopening has been the trail, said Oregon Parks and Recreation Department spokesman Chris Havel.

“The damage in several sections requires significant repair work to both the tread and footbridge,” he said. “Getting everything to line up — availability of labor and materials, weather and resource requirements for things like nesting seasons and cultural concerns — has caused a delay.”

The park, east of Seaside and south of Astoria, and about an hour’s drive from Portland, is popular largely because of the view from the top — hikers can spy Mount Hood, the Pacific Ocean and the Columbia River at one summit.

Havel added work crews had been busy due to numerous trails to repair on the northern Oregon Coast.

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