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Peaks
Peaks Poplar Ridge, Saddleback Junior, ME
Trails
Trails: Old railroad grade, Appalachian Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Was able to get about 1.5 miles from the AT on the old railroad bed 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Oberton Stream was an easy rock hop 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Old railroad grade is clear and AT is in good shape 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs: Veey few 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Today we hiked one of the most remote sections of the Appalachian Trail across Poplar Ridge to Saddleback Junior. Our hike started on an old railroad grade which previously was home to the Phillips and Rangeley Railroad in the 1890s and 1900s. Later, it was incorporated into the Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad, which operated into the 1930s. We were able to drive to a point about a mile and a half away from the AT in my Forester.

We then followed the AT which dropped steeply into a gorge containing Oberton Stream. The trail then made its way to the top of Poplar Ridge and then descended to the Poplar Ridge Shelter. After an easier section, it made a steep final climb to the the alpine summit of Saddleback Junior. The peak is centrally located in the High Peaks region, so there are spectacular views of big mountains in all directions.

We met a bunch of AT hikers, but no other day hikers on this section of trail. It was about 11.5 miles round-trip and was a great section of trail that isn't as well known as some of the surrounding areas.  
Name
Name: Sam Shirley 
E-Mail
E-Mail: newenglandskier13@aol.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-06-23 
Link
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