On Independence Day in 1920, a group of Clatsop County locals climbed to the top of Saddle Mountain, where they then founded the Angora Hiking Club. One hundred years later, locals continue to explore the miles of trails spanning the county with friends, family and community members as part of the very same club.
The club ultimately seeks to explore the expansive beaches and rolling hills found in this scenic corner of the United States. The club’s constitution, as written in 1920, states, “There is power in Nature, speaking through the sublimity of her illimitable glories which proclaims that deathless spirit of Liberty.”
Weather permitting, the club organizes several hikes and walks each month of varying difficulty to accommodate different skill and ability levels.
Club members do a little bit of everything from trekking up Neahkahnie Mountain to wandering through Fort Stevens State Park with park rangers. Each hike has a designated leader who organizes transportation, checks on road and trail conditions and ensures general safety while outdoors. The club currently has over 70 members who pay just $10 a year to support the organization.
In honor of the club’s 100th year, the group has several celebration hikes planned, including a summit of Saddle Mountain just as they did 100 years before.
All information regarding future hikes, membership and club policies can be found online at angorahikingclub.org or on their Facebook page.