New Hampshire
Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Saddleback Mountain, Saddleback Mountain - The Horn, ME
Trails: Ski trails, Saddleback Side Trail, Appalachian Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, May 28, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: My car GPS, my Garmin car portable GPS, and my Google printout told me to drive down City Pond Road to get to Saddleback Mountain Road. DO NOT GO THIS WAY! Unless you want to travel on a ATV road filled with potholes and a terrifying ascent. Thank the lord a ranger came by to get me out of there! Instead, continue on Rt 4 (Main Street) to Dallas Hill Road. Dallas Hill will take you to Saddleback Mountain Road. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None. Although on the Appalachian trail between Saddleback and Horn is flooded in places, be prepared to get your feet wet. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: The col between Saddleback and Saddleback-Horn has a couple of flooded areas (shin deep) that are difficult to avoid. Hikers have been bushwhacking off trail to avoid getting their feet wet. I caved too and did the same. Maybe some volunteers could put some planks down so hikers won't be tempted to bushwhack off trail to avoid these wet areas.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw none on the trail, but I did see dog prints. The parking lot signs indicate, "No dogs allowed." I looked it up online. The online policy also states 'No dogs allowed' 
Bugs: None when I started hiking at 6:00am, but they were out in force on the way down. I had a net so I was fine, but I saw a lot of uncomfortable people waving their hands frantically when I headed down.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: none 
Comments: Nothing I read mentioned that the 1.7 mile trek between Saddleback and The Horn would be remotely challenging.
Based on what I read, I expected it to be similar to a Pierce/Eisenhower trek. However, this trek included an endless rugged descent then a steep ascent, some bushwhacking, minor scrambles and ankle deep muddy water. Not a big deal if you are expecting it, so here you go! Now you will know what to expect :D.  
Name: Solowoodlandwanderer 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-05-28 
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