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Hiking Saddleback Mountain

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Saddleback Mountain Information

Elevation: 4,120 feet (1,256 meters)
Prominence: What is Prominence? 2,448 feet (746 meters)
Location: Rangeley, Maine (Franklin County)
Range: High Peaks
Coordinates: 44°56'11"' North     70°30'11" West
Rating: How do the ratings work? Moderate
Features: Peak bag What is Peak Bagging?, Saddleback Maine Ski Resort
Distance of highlighted hike below: 6.8 miles with Saddleback the Horn (or hike just Saddleback at 3.6 miles)

Saddleback Mountain is a 4,120 foot mountain in the High Peaks in Rangeley, Maine in Franklin County. The mountain is the 8th highest peak in Maine and one of the fourteen peaks with a topographic prominence greater than 2,000 feet.

The mountain is also known for its ski resort: Saddleback Maine Ski Resort, which is on the north side of the mountain. The mountain rock is primarily granodiorite, which is similar to granite, but contains more plagioclase feldspar than orthoclase feldspar and formed more than 400 million years ago.

The Appalachian Trail, which spans from Georgia to Maine, runs along the ridge of Saddleback crossing over the summit.

This is a great mountain to hike along with Saddleback the Horn, being only 1.6 miles apart. Both summits have 360 degree views on a clear day. Views of the lakes region are breath-taking.

For peak-baggers:
Saddleback the Horn is 1.6 miles from the summit of Saddleback Mountain

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Summit of Saddleback Mountain on June 11, 2014.


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Appalachian Trail between Saddleback Mountain and The Horn on June 11, 2014.

Saddleback Mountain Trail Maps - Directions from the parking lot to the summit Top

The map below shows how to get to the summit of Saddleback Mountain as well as Saddleback the Horn.

Begin at the base lodge and follow the road up the Wheeler Slope to the Grey Ghost and Tri Color trails. Tri Color will bring you to the top of the Kenebago Quad, where a short, narrow trail behind the upper building leads to Saddleback's summit.

The trail up is rocky, and has a beaten path the entire way. (It is not like a typical ski slope where you would expect grass). At the top, you will be going left onto the Appalachian Trail. (When you first get up there, you have to go back down and over a small bump in the mountain to get to the actual summit.)

To head over to the Horn from the summit of Saddleback Mountain, continue on the Appalachian Trail for 1.6 miles.

To get back to the Saddleback Ski Area parking lot, retrace your steps back over Saddleback Mountain and down the Grey Ghost Ski trail.

Rollover the map below for a closer view
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Saddleback Mountain View Photos Top

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Heading up the Saddleback ski trails - Grey Ghost Trail on June 11, 2014.


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The summit area of Saddleback Mountain on June 11, 2014.

Saddleback Mountain Driving Directions Top

The parking area for this hike is at the Saddleback Maine Ski Resort on Saddleback Mountain Road in Rangeley, Maine. Take Route 16 North, which is East in Maine, to Rangeley, merging and continuing to stay on Route 4 South. Take a left onto Dallas Hill Road, then a right onto the Saddleback Ski Area access road. Parking is available just above the Main Lodge. There are a few parking areas next to the base lodge.

If you have a GPS, just put in Saddleback Mountain Road in Rangeley and drive to the end where the ski area is.

Need a car spot or taxi?

There is a local small business called All Points Transportation run by a man named Greg in the Carrabassett Valley area who can help! If you need a car spot to a trailhead or for any other reason, give him a call to see if he is available. 207-329-3482.


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