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Saddleback Mountain, The Horn
Dallas, ME, Sandy River, ME, Madrid, ME

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking down the connector trail from ski area to the Appalachain Trail
Looking down the connector trail from ski area to the Appalachain Trail

Route: Ski trails, unnamed connector trail, Appalachian Trail, (Saddleback Mountain), Appalachian Trail, (The Horn)

Starting at the ski area parking lot, we headed over to a perimeter ski trail and worked our way up the Saddleback ski area. We unfortunately ended up on a ski race course, but were able to continue up to the top of the double chairlift without issues. Beyond there, we connected to the top of the quad chairlift and headed up the connector trail above it.

At this point, the temperatures were likely at or below zero. Reaching the alpine zone, the winds were quite harsh - likely over 40 miles per hour, making it quite tough to walk.

Continuing over the summit and the subsequent false peak, we continued into the col, heading over exposed ice fields as well as some deeper snow drifts. With minimal vegetation, it took awhile to get to a treed area for a break from the winds.

The trail fortunately continued over to the otherside of the ridge for its ascent to The Horn, easing the exposure to the winds for awhile. In general, the navigation was a bit tricky due to small cairns and covered blazes.

From the summit of The Horn, we had decent views, stretching to the Whites, however Baxter didn't appear to be visible.

By the time we resummitted Saddleback, the winds had died down a bit, allowing for a few minutes to check out the views. From there, we headed back down the ski trails and to the relative warmth of the lower elevations.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Saddleback Mountain
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Very Difficult
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Saddleback Mountain - The Horn
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Very Difficult
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, January 22, 2011
Hike Commenced: 10:04 AM
Parking Elevation: 2,480'
Destination: Saddleback Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 10:07 AM
Summit Reached: 11:20 AM
Time Elapsed: 01:13
Trailhead Elevation: 2,460'
Summit Elevation: 4,116'
Vertical Gain: 1,696'
Destination: Saddleback Mountain - The Horn
Ascent Commenced: 11:22 AM
Summit Reached: 12:52 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:30
Trailhead Elevation: 4,116'
Summit Elevation: 4,041'
Distance: 1.7 miles
Vertical Gain: 586'
Hike Ended: 3:00 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 05:04
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,003'


Looking up a ski trail near the base lodge parking area
Looking up a ski trail near the base lodge parking area

Looking at Sugarloaf, Spaulding, and Abraham from Saddleback Mountain - Click to enlarge
Looking at Sugarloaf, Spaulding, and Abraham from Saddleback Mountain

The Appalachian Trail between Saddleback Mountain and the Horn
The Appalachian Trail between Saddleback Mountain and the Horn

The Appalachian Trail between Saddleback Mountain and the Horn
The Appalachian Trail between Saddleback Mountain and the Horn

Looking at Saddleback from Saddleback's Horn - Click to enlarge
Looking at Saddleback from Saddleback's Horn

Topographic map of Saddleback Mountain, The Horn - Click to enlarge


Directions to trailhead: Take Route 16 North (East in Maine) to Rangeley, merging and continuing on Route 4 South. Take a left onto Dallas Hill Road, then a right onto the Saddleback Ski Area access road. Parking is available just above the Main Lodge.

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