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Peaks
Peaks Saddleback Mountain, Saddleback Mountain - The Horn, ME
Trails
Trails: Appalachian Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Ample parking in lot at AT crossing on ME 4, 9.9 miles south of Rangeley. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: First crossing (over Sandy River) at 0.1 mi. is on metal bridge. Subsequent water crossings were not difficult, although some involved a bit of rock hopping. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Evidence of good (and even recent) trail maintenance in many areas, including fairly new-looking double-log bog bridges, but a wooden staircase on early part of trail is partially broken (several lowers steps missing), and several other boggy areas have broken or rotten log bridges in need of replacement. Pay attention to a couple of minor trail relocations (blazed) in boggy areas. In addition to iron rungs embedded in one slab on way up to Saddleback, there was a loose but wide and solid ten-rung iron ladder a bit higher up, which helps to get over one rocky area. Above treeline, trail is well marked with blazes and cairns. I saw an AT trail marker part way up Saddleback, which also has a benchmark a few yards from the summit cairn. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs: No major problems. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Saddleback and The Horn were #66 and #67 of the NE 67 for me. I was pleased to finish the list while on the AT, because yesterday (August 14, 2012) was the 75th anniversary of the completion of the AT.  
Name
Name: Primal Hiker 
E-Mail
E-Mail: carter.michael@sfr.fr 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2012-08-15 
Link
Link: http:// 
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