Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Saddleback Mountain, Saddleback Mountain - The Horn (attempt), ME
Trails: Ski trails, Saddleback Side Trail, Appalachian Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, December 9, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at the resort. Spoke with a caretaker who said this was no problem. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Blue, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction, Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No crossings. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Followed the Grey Ghost ski trail - no issues.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw two dogs aside from ours. One had a bloodied paw, but was fine. Very icy beyond Saddleback summit - made for very tricky descent into col for canines. 
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: The trail was easy to follow as someone had made the trip up in the days before. We followed their trail until it was no longer discernible, just past the summit of Saddleback. The descent from Saddleback was icy and drifted in. Some places we were in up to our waists, others it was a sheet of ice. We met two other hikers, each with a dog. We collectively decided about half way down into the col that it would not be wise to proceed with the dogs and turned back. Had we left the dogs home, we could have made the trek to Horn. I would advise Hill Sounds at the very least as the Micro Spikes weren't quite cutting it on the thick ice.  
Name: Shawn Turner 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-12-11 
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