Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Saddleback Wind, ME
Trails: Access road, Saddleback Wind Trail, Saddleback Wind East Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, November 18, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of parking at the wind farm maintenance facility. Be sure to park where the signals direct hikers to. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trail is in great shape! 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: None  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: It was another day of perfect weather for winter hiking on one of my favorite peaks today! There was very little wind, and I was actually able to eat my lunch at the summit without freezing. The trail was clear and well maintained, as usual. I put spikes on where the trail broke out onto the open ledge, not far from the summit. They were definitely a necessity on the steep icy rock, and the hike would have been pretty much impossible without them. I continued to the East Ridge viewpoint from the summit, and the spikes were needed the whole way. There's nothing quite as beautiful as winter scenery in the mountains!

It's worth noting that this hike often isn't possible in winter due to ice on turbine blades. Be sure to call the number at the trailhead to make sure hiking is allowed on the day you want to go.  
Name: Sam Shirley  
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-11-18 
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