Saddle Mountain is located in Bowling Green Bay National Park with its peak rising above the surrounding area dominating the landscape. Saddle Mountain has quite an interesting east face – a rocky cliff line about a kilometre long horizontally – the separates it from other peaks in the area. However, the summit is similar to most of the other peaks in the Mount Elliot area – densely vegetated rainforest and canopy with no view.
A RAAF Mosquito reconnaissance aircraft A52-607, crashed into the top of Saddle Mountain on 25 March 1947. Three flares had been seen on the mountain on the day of the crash where the pilot died on impact and the co-pilot had crawled to a nearby stream and died some time later.
Apparently Alan Simet, a well known adventurer of the previous generation, and a few other soldiers from Townsville walked to the crash site in 1996. They found the frame of the co-pilot's seat near the stream along with flare tape which were still intact after all this time. There are not much remains of the plane wreckage, only two of the motors and bits of aluminium. Apparently Sid Beck, an aircraft recover and a museum curator, has also recovered bits and pieces from the crash site.
There are several ways to gain a summit peak, however, these are the conventional routes:
North East Ridge Route
Starting at the highway, park your car on the western side of the highway and the northside of Emmit Creek. From here, make your way up the ridgeline though bushland before reaching rainforest. Either summit the false peak and descend or conture around. Continue on toward the main peak. The south east ridge would also be possible.
Emmett Creek Ridgeline Route
The route is a personal favourite of Alan Simet. Starting from the highway, make your way up the creek rock hopping over boulders. Taking the left fork, you then make your way up to the saddle. Once at the saddle, you follow the ridgeline up towards the saddle with the possibility of an easy walk down to the crash site.
Emmett Falls Route
Involves scrambling that is close to rock climbing. If you follow Emmett Creek up, taking the right fork, you will come up to Emmett Falls – a 50m cascading waterfalls. Scramble up the right hand size. At the top of these fall is a spectacular view out to Wongaloo Conservation Park, Bowling Green Bay Conservation Park, Corrick Plains Nature Refuge, and the ocean.
Eastern Face Route
The eastern cliff is a rock climbing or abseiling route with views over the wetlands, saltpans and mangroves on the coastal plain. Though the first ascent and descent of this area is fairly recent. View the Saddle Mountain routes on theCrag.
Here's an interactive map of the area including POI and the different routes.