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Peaks
Peaks Saddleback Junior , ME
Trails
Trails: Saddleback Junior Loop Trail, Appalachian Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, October 3, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: High clearance required to reach the gate where the hike normally starts, although lower clearance vehicles can get within a mile.of the the gate 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All easily hoppable, although there were some wet areas on the trail 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: The loop trail is brought, and occasionally hard to follow, but is mostly clear 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Peak foliage on one of my favorite mountains! Saddleback Junior may be one of the most underrated peaks in the state with its alpine summit and outstanding 360 degree views in the heart of the High Peaks region. Usually accessing the loop trail over the summit requires a 1.3 mile hike each way from a gate across the ATV trail to the cabin below the summit, but I was hiking with the owner of the cabin today, so we rode in his side-by-side to the trailhead. It's a beautiful little loop, almost entirely in spruce-fir forest, and a relatively easy way to access the spectacular summit. While descending the east side of the loop, I made the short side trip to a viewpoint on the south ridge of the mountain.  
Name
Name: Sam Shirley  
E-Mail
E-Mail: newenglandskier13@aol.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-10-03 
Link
Link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MaineHiking/permalink/2683412281801149/ 
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