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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Saddleback Mountain, ME
Trails
Trails: Ski trails, Saddleback Spur Trail, Appalachian Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, August 20, 2016
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Easy to find by following signs for Saddleback ski area - just south of downtown Rangeley on Rte 4 take Dallas Hill Road to Saddleback Road. Parking for hikers is in a lot just across from the Base lodge - look for turnoff to the right when the lodge is just abut directly on your left - don't go beyond the lodge as you'll end up on the road to the condos. Room for 20+ cars; lot had 10 cars when we arrived. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: An easy one for the canines; a few places to sip heading up the ski slopes. 
Bugs
Bugs: Out but the wind kept them away on this day. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Posted as an FYI for those wanting to use the ski area to access the summit. Base lodge is still closed. Park in the lot just right of the lodge as you drive in. For the path they prefer hikers to take, head up to the lodge and walk up the lawn towards the taller grass and you'll find an obvious trail that connects to the ski trails access road.

The preferred path is up Grey Ghost and Tri-color ski trails. The trail is obvious once on the access road though they have also posted signs on the trees indicating "Up Hill Access" to keep people on the path. A nice easy/moderate walk up the slopes though fairly steep in parts but nice views all the way up.

Once up top the access trail to the AT is obvious to the right heading into the trees. There is also an old sign posted there with warnings with skiers wishing to access. For those in the area - an easy way to get to the top of a Maine 4000 footer; Saw about 15 people out today which is about as crowded as I've ever seen it there. Some amazing views for a modest effort!
 
Name
Name: Brian from Maine 
E-Mail
E-Mail: brobert1@maine.rr.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2016-08-21 
Link
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