|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Saddleback Mountain, Saddleback Mountain - The Horn, ME|
||Uphill Ski Trail, Appalachian Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Friday, January 14, 2022|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Plenty in ski area lots |
||Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Drifts |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||It helped to be a little 'dogged' in these conditions.... |
|Lost and Found:
||Uphill Ski Trail from Saddleback Ski Resort Lodge, AT (out/back)|
I bare-booted most of the way up before putting on Hillsound trail crampons for the last 1/2 mile. Estimated 10-20 mph winds on exposed ridge and pretty cloudy/fog-like. It was hard to find the trail at first but persistence won out and pretty soon I was on Saddleback peak. I progressed onward to tab Saddleback Horn. Along the way there were occasional drifts but the biggest challenge was the NW wind and windchill. Although I carried them, I never ended up putting on snowshoes. I think my overall pace would have been hindered for the infrequent sections when they would have been helpful. I was happy to have a few views open up upon returning to Saddleback summit and the winds subsided after dropping down about 500-600 ft of elevation.
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.