Ascent of Saddleback Mountain on 2015-08-28

Climber: Spencer Corcoran

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, August 28, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Saddleback Mountain
    Elevation:4120 ft / 1255 m

Ascent Trip Report

Got #58 and 59 in the bag with this out-and-back of Saddleback and Saddleback Horn!

For this one, I got up at 4 AM on the 28th, was out the door and on the road around 4:15 AM. Despite taking 4 hours each way, the drive went by fairly quickly, thanks in part to the WHEB and I-95 radio stations. The second half of the drive, minus the breakfast stop at Tim Hortons in Auburn, kind of dragged on since I couldn't drive 70 MPH anymore. Anyway, I pulled into my parking space at the ski area (elev. 2450') around 8:40 AM and made my way to the start of the Grey Ghost ski trail, the designated uphill access route, about ten minutes later.

The Grey Ghost trail isn't a typical ski trail- it's rocky with not a whole lot of grass, and it has a beaten path all the way. It was quite steep, though, with most of the vertical gain coming in the first half. At least when I needed to take a "view appreciation break", there was a view! Unfortunately, at the top of the chair lift, the clouds were rolling in :x . From there, I took a side trail to the Appalachian Trail at a false summit, then took the AT to the true summit, which was completely socked-in. #58 down! It was also COLD and windy at the top! The wind chill had to be in the 30s. I had to put on a jacket because it was so cold, and even so I was still chilly. Taste of late fall, perhaps? Since there were no views due to the clouds, I snapped my usual pics and video, then started over to the Horn.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1779 ft / 542 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cold, Windy, White-out
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1779 ft / 542 m
    Distance:1.8 mi / 2.9 km
    Route:Ski trails, Appalachian Trail
    Start Trailhead:Saddleback ski area  2341 ft / 713 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Saddleback/Horn

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Saddleback Mountain2015-08-281779 ft / 542 m
2Saddleback Mountain-The Horn2015-08-281200 ft / 366 m
Total Trip Gain: 2979 ft / 908 m    Total Trip Loss: 1279 ft / 390 m

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