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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Saddleback Mountain, Saddleback Mountain - The Horn, ME
Trails
Trails: Ski trails, Saddleback Spur Trail, Appalachian Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, February 11, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty in the upper lot, the lower one was filled with skiers and boarders when I left 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes:  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: First one up for the day at 8am. Punching through the crust for the first 1/2 mile up the ski hill but it got blessedly firm higher up. Lots of wind and had to put on over pants on the way up. No tracks you can see a few cairns to the top of Saddleback. After that it's a leap of faith. Slid down off the second bump, in winter its better to straight through to the open hard packed terrain. Then you follow the hard pack trending right. I again poked through the tree line and hit the normal drop off the rock band and onto the flats. Managed to find the opening on the normal trail that takes you through the next tree band then skirted right along a ledge and then was home free to the top. Don't depend on any tracks, mine were gone as soon as I turned around in the open and were only visible in the tree bands on the way back. I had shot an azimuth in case of whiteout and almost needed it on the top of Saddleback. Lots of skiers and boarders hiking up on snowshoes on the way down.  
Name
Name: Little Brown Mushroom 
E-Mail
E-Mail: camosteve955@yahoo.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-02-11 
Link
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