|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Saddleback Mountain, ME|
||Ski trails, Saddleback Side Trail, Appalachian Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Monday, April 15, 2019|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Parking available at the ski lodge |
||Wet/Slippery Rock, Ice - Breakable Crust, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow - Spring Snow, Slush |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Make sure to read the ice: breaking the wrong section will result in a lot of running water. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Dogs are ok, as long as they are super athletic. |
||Not yet!! :) |
|Lost and Found:
||This is the route we took: From the ski lodge > Peachy's peril > Kennebago Station > Black Beauty > Dazzle. Dazzle allows you to reach the top of the ski loft and the ski patrol station. From there you have a small trail that keeps going up, so you can reach the AT, and following the white blazing arrive on top of the mountain. On our way down we came back to the ski patrol station, then following Dazzle to reach Tight Line, arriving back at the Kennebago Station and down Peachy's peril.|
Weatherwise we went through pretty much everything, starting in the fog then bright blue sky. It was probably 45/50 degres. Starting half way through and all the way to the top, we got some serious wind, and half way down it started to drizzle. So make sure you have at least a windbreaker and light layers with you.
As for the snow condition, the water is running underneath, it is easy to go through 2ft of granulated wet snow even with snowshoes. Crampons were not enough for us, snowshoes were a must on the wet heavy spring snow.
We did not ski down but met an experienced skier on the top (at the ski patrol station) that told us it was pretty much the last week to hike up and ski down.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.