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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Saddleback Mountain, Saddleback Mountain - The Horn, ME
Trails
Trails: Ski trails, Saddleback Side Trail, Appalachian Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, January 28, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at the Saddleback base lodge 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Ice - Blue, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes:  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A little tricky to see the AT paint when everything is covered in ice! 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Took the "uphill access" from the base lodge to Saddleback Peak, which had a mix of ice, crusty snow, and firm snow. Snow deeper/nicer if you follow close along the edge of the trees; limited post-holing with snowshoes, good grip. The summit was mostly a mix of ice (mostly in low, jagged windblown formations), crusty snow, deep snow and snowdrifts in the low points, and more expansive ice sheets in spots. You could usually work around the ice sheets. The entire ridge from Saddleback to the Horn was that mix of conditions...I just kept my snowshoes on, but microspikes would have been fine on the ice, and crampons would probably be overkill for the most part. Great day; relatively warm on top (20s) but with stiff wind at times.  
Name
Name: Ethan 
E-Mail
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-01-29 
Link
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