A Fun Outing on Humbug Mountain


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Humbug Mountain

In late August, I returned to the Oregon Coastal Mountains. 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.

It had it all – – – butterflies, colorful wildflowers, elk sign, hazy views of the giants of the Cascade Mountains, cloudy vistas of the Pacific Ocean, and small birds.

Fly coming to a Bird’s-foot Trefoil

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.

The hike ended after a final ascent to the 2,500-foot summit with some microwave equipment. There were T-Mobile folks, who had driven up to the summit, doing some work high up on tower.

On the way down I enjoyed the beautiful day.

Worker on the tower at the summit

Foxglove and Thistle

Spruce and Hemlock planted after the clearcut

View from summit

Aptly-named Devil’s Club (grows way over my head)

Foxglove, Groundsel and Bluebell

“Trail” turning steeply up the mountain

Many interesting basalt formations and lots of huge nursery stumps along the lower trail

Trailhead

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