The Humbug Coyote

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Humbug Mountain

I always enjoy trying a new hike. This one had a big plus in its favor – – – It is easily accessible.

In fact, I parked right off Highway 26 on the side of a logging road.

There is a locked gate on the logging road, but the area is accessible to hikers by a free recreational permit.

It is not a very long hike at 5 1/2 miles round-trip, and follows logging roads for its entire length. But, it is steep and rocky in places.

After about a mile I spotted a coyote. After staring at me for a few seconds, it decided to duck back into the timber.

The hike ended after a steep climb to the 2,500-foot summit with some microwave equipment. I would have been treated to some of the best views in Northwest Oregon, but I was smack dab in the middle of a fog bank.

It gives me an excuse to return soon.

Timid Coyote

Tower on Humbug Mountain


Sign at locked gate at beginning of hike (the recreation passes are free)

Summit of Humbug Mountain in distance

Yellow Violet

Final stretch to summit



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  1. Love that you can get so many great shots in – even with fog and timid wildlife. The look of the coyote is priceless.

  2. Oddly enough, I drive past Humbug a lot. I really ought to stop and do this hike someday. It does seem to have its head in the clouds quite often. Even in the fog you managed some amazing images. The coyote was priceless!

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