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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Saddleback Mountain, Saddleback Mountain - The Horn, ME
Trails
Trails: ATV trail (ITS 84/89), Fly Rod Crosby Trail, Berry Picker's Trail, Appalachian Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, July 10, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Access is from the east off East Madrid Road. Four-wheel drive and high clearance strongly recommended. See more below. The route from the south off Reed's Mill Road is closed. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A few blowdowns on Berry Picker's but all easily stepped over or otherwise avoided. Some muddy patches at the upper reaches of Berry Picker's and on the AT between BPT and The Horn. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs: Negligible 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Potato Hill Road and the unnamed road that follow are narrow and extremely rough, including a few steep pitches of loose rock. My Honda Fit managed to get to the trailhead and back out, but it wasn't pretty, and I wouldn't be in a hurry to try it again. There is no longer a gate at the "trailhead" (where ITS 84/89 turn north) so if you have a high-clearance vehicle and make it that far comfortably, you can likely drive the additional mile to the junction with the Fly Rod Crosby Trail. There was a Jeep parked at this junction--the only other vehicle I saw. Directions from Maine Trail Finder were good for getting to the trailhead. On the way out there is a fork where ITS 84 and 89 split. Potato Hill Road is ITS 84 on the left, sign for Salem.

The walk on the ATV and Fly Rod Crosby trails was fairly tedious, especially on the way out, but the rest of the hike was glorious. The upper half of Berry Picker's is mostly through open ledges with views to Abraham, Blue, Jackson & Tumbledown.  
Name
Name: CMS 
E-Mail
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-07-11 
Link
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