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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, December 23, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Copious across from the ski lodge 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Blue, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable) 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction, Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No streams to cross, but the trail section in the shallow col immediately before the Horn was flooded, covered with not quite weight bearing ice. With the bordering snow hip deep, we opted to break the ice as best we could and probe for the submerged stepping stones. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: No probs 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Just spectacular! Snow squalls to start, but rapid clearing with expansive views from this 2 mile open ridge.
Steady winds, ~ 30 mph with stronger gusts, with low temps mandated face masks and goggles for the entire above tree line portion, although scattered pockets of spruce along the AT provided shelter for refueling. Trail conditions were mixed, but Jerry and I were fine with microspikes: mostly firm crust on the ski trails, occasional post-holing; long stretches of ice and bare rock on the AT, with deep snow in the trees which was supportive as long as one stayed on the not always obvious prior snowshoe line.  
Name
Name: Rollie 
E-Mail
E-Mail: Mark451@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-12-24 
Link
Link: http:// 
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