Ascent of Saddleback Mountain on 2016-05-23

Climber: Matthew Chabe

Date:Monday, May 23, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Saddleback Mountain
    Elevation:4120 ft / 1255 m

Ascent Trip Report

Beautiful, strenuous hike to summit of Saddleback and The Horn with my wife and dog. Great, improved parking area at trailhead. At trailhead, gave a thru-hiker ("Jus' Mike") a lift into Rangeley for resupply. No one else on trail during ascent. Met a couple of solo and party thru-hikers on descent, including one hiking barefoot in his underwear with a vintage wooden frame pack.

Trail was wet from winter thaw; snow and ice present in some places. Beautiful terrain, steep and rugged in some places requiring scrambling. A number of rough campsites exist along the way to summit in addition to the "official" one. Final ascent to Saddleback fraught with "false peaks". Entire final ascent area very exposed. Approach to The Horn completely exposed as well.

Wonderful views of the Rangeley area. Excellent hike, highly recommended but definitely strenuous. Not recommended to do in one day unless you start early and are in excellent physical condition. We camped overnight and it was great.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear

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