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Humbug Mountain

One of the highest headlands on the Oregon Coast, Humbug Mountain rises to an impressive 1,756 feet (535 m) with its summit often veiled in fog. According to legend, the mountain was named by early prospectors who were disappointed to find it contained little gold. In nineteenth century slang, “humbug” meant to lie or deceive. Today, the mountain is part of the Oregon State Parks system and offers a popular camp ground and numerous hiking trails. The thick protective vegetation, combined with the natural barrier created by the mountain itself, help visitors escape the wind and chilly temperatures they might encounter elsewhere on the coast. Amateur botanists may enjoy the peak for its unique flora. Because of the elevation, the mountain offers excellent examples of old growth forest dominated by Douglas-fir, spruce, myrtle, alder and cedar.