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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Saddleback Mountain - The Horn, ME
Trails
Trails: Berry Pickers Trail, Appalachian Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, August 26, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Great directions to trailhead provided by northeast hikes.com - link below - The 3 mile dirt road that accesses the trail is really rough with rocks, holes, an exposed plastic culvert - made it fine in my outback but you'll want AWD and high clearance 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None along the route 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Ran across three stepovers, ankle, shin and knee high. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: An easy hike for the canines though no water on the trail proper except at the stream at its beginning after leaving the road. 
Bugs
Bugs: A good day! None out today 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: My main goal for the day was to try out the new berry pickers trail which is well worth the visit! Definitely had the new trail look and smell. Probably won't see too much traffic as the difficult access road to the trailhead will likely deter many.

Access to the trail proper is via a 1.4 mile road walk after the ATV gate (where you park); trail actually leaves from Fly Rod Crosby Trail. A wonderful trail through the woods with an amazing stretch of open ledges beginning 0.8 mile in and lasting for about 1/2 mile. Trail definitely gains altitude but is never too steep. There are a few turns where you can miss blazes/cairns on the ledges so keep an eye out. Took my time heading up to take in all the views. Saw no one until I popped out on the AT in the Saddleback/Horn col - a lot of traffic on the AT today heading to and from the Horn. A great new way to approach Saddleback or the Horn. For driving directions, pictures and trail description see https://www.northeasthikes.com/hike-saddleback-mountain-maine-berry-pickers-trail/.  
Name
Name: Brian From Maine 
E-Mail
E-Mail: brobert1@maine.rr.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-08-27 
Link
Link: http:// 
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