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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 the Appalachain Trail to the ski area
Looking down the connector trail from the Appalachain Trail to the ski area

Route: Grey Ghost ski trail, Tri Color ski trail, unnamed connector trail, Appalachian Trail, (Saddleback Mountain), Appalachian Trail, (The Horn)

Taking some comp time off from work, I decided to head up to Saddleback. Having never skied there before, I decided to ascend via the ski trails.

Starting off at the base lodge, I followed the access road up to the top of the small double chairlift, then up the race trail. This is considered the hiking trail and is marked by stakes and yellow blazes. I was amazed how much steeper the race trail at Berkshire East was having hiked it a few days earlier. Nonetheless, the ascent was still a bit of a workout.

After passing the top of the double chairlift and the top of the t-bar, I followed the cairns to the Appalachian Trail and to the summit. The views were excellent - looking into New Hampshire and at most of Maine's 4,000 footers.

Getting a bit chilly with the strong winds and 40-something degree temperatures, I put on my fleece and continued to the Horn. Though it looks very close from Saddleback's summit, it is still a good 1.75 miles away and involves a few up and downs.

Though not overly steep, there were still some scrambles involved. With much of the trail being in the open, there were views most of the way.

The views from the summit of the Horn were great - a closer, more direct view of the hoard of 4,000 footers. Again, due to the wind, I decided to not waste too much time and head back.

I took a little extra time to enjoy the views on the way back and also made a few stops to check out the top terminals of the lifts near the hiking route.

Overall, I think this is one of the more enjoyable 4,000 foot hikes I've done thus far - the ascent from the ski area is relatively brief and offers views, making just about the entire hike scenic.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Thursday, September 13, 2007
Hike Commenced: 9:40 AM
Parking Elevation: 2,480'
Destination: Saddleback Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 9:45 AM
Summit Reached: 10:40 AM
Time Elapsed: 00:55
Trailhead Elevation: 2,460'
Summit Elevation: 4,116'
Vertical Gain: 1,696'
Destination: Saddleback Mountain - The Horn
Ascent Commenced: 10:42 AM
Summit Reached: 11:31 AM
Time Elapsed: 00:49
Trailhead Elevation: 4,116'
Summit Elevation: 4,041'
Distance: 1.7 miles
Vertical Gain: 586'
Hike Ended: 1:38 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 03:58
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,003'


Looking up the hiking path near the base lodge of the ski area
Looking up the hiking path near the base lodge of the ski area

Looking northeast from the Saddleback Mountain summit at the Horn (just barely showing) and Sugarloaf Mountain, amongst others - Click to enlarge
Looking northeast from the Saddleback Mountain summit at the Horn (just barely showing) and Sugarloaf Mountain, amongst others

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

Looking west at Rangeley Lake from the Horn - Click to enlarge
Looking west at Rangeley Lake from the 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. The hiking trail starts between the double chairlifts.

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