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Saddleback Mountain
Deerfield, NH, Northwood, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the road to South Saddleback Mountain
Looking up the road to South Saddleback Mountain

Route: Access road, bushwhack, Parsonage Lot Trail, access road

The first portion of the access road is very gradual. The last portion is short and steep. The gate on the top of the access road was open, so I walked through there (didn't see any obvious signs against it) and headed up onto the ridge. I suspect there are a few views if you poke around, but I didn't spend any time doing so.

There were some patches of snow along the ridge, 1-3" deep. Generally bare ground. One small cliff band to negotiate in the col (found a way around it, as I'm still struggling with stairs, nevermind cliffs). Other than a few random cairns descending off south peak, and some old stonewalls, I saw no evidence of trails along this part of the ridge or the summit.

Found a decent eastern view point and a good southern viewpoint not too far from the summit. Limited views west from near the ledgy highpoint.

For the descent, I returned to the col, then headed down the fall line, hoping to intersect a trail I saw from the road. I ended up getting sucked into a drainage first, so it didn't end up being a time saver. Found the Parsonage Trail not too far from its end (icy in spots). I suspect the trail goes from the access road to the ledges on the northwest side of the south summit.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Moderate
Destination: Saddleback Mountain
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Difficult
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, February 2, 2013
Parking Elevation: 775'
Destination: Saddleback Mountain
Time Elapsed: 00:37
Trailhead Elevation: 715'
Summit Elevation: 1,150'
Vertical Gain: 485'
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:40
Hike Vertical Gain: 535'


The lower gate of the Saddleback Mountain access road
The lower gate of the Saddleback Mountain access road

Looking south toward Wachusett Mountain from near the summit of Saddleback Mountain - Click to enlarge
Looking south toward Wachusett Mountain from near the summit of Saddleback Mountain




Directions to trailhead: From Route 107 in Deerfield, take Route 43 north. Saddleback Mountain Road will eventually be on the left.

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