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I returned to Humbug Mountain for two reasons in early spring. First, It is easily accessible. I parked right off of Highway 26 on the side of a logging road.
Second, it’s seldom used by other hikers which was a huge plus during the coronavirus outbreak. In fact, I’ve never seen another hiker on the trail.
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.
I did see a herd of elk on the way up and one solitary newt.
The hike ended after a short climb to the 2,500-foot summit with some microwave equipment. I would have been treated to some of the best vistas in Northwest Oregon, but it was an overcast day. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the views of the west side of the Coastal Mountains.
It always makes for a nice outing.
Trillium and Sweet Colt’s Foot