Ascent of Saddleback Mountain on 2017-12-28
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Thursday, December 28, 2017|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||3375 ft / 1028 m|
Ascent Trip ReportAfter reaching Saddleback Mountain-West Peak from AT, follow the ridge, go around knob 3240, then summit via NW ridge.
On my descent, I went around knob 3240 to its north, then follow the NW slope to approach the ravine between knob 3240 and Saddleback Mountain-West Peak to reach South River. (Between AT and South River, hardcore bushwhacking, better doing it in winter when the branches are easy to break.)
After visiting South River Falls, I followed Lower South River Road to reach Upper South River Fireroad, eventually to AT. From there I went north to tag Bald Face Mountain (bushwhacking after leaving AT), then returned to South River Picnic Area.
Saddleback Mountain summit rock (2017-12-28). Photo by Powen Ru.
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|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||1895 ft / 577 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||1895 ft / 576 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||11.2 mi / 18 km|
| Quality:||4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Gain on way in:||815 ft / 248 m|
| Gain Breakdown:||Net: 455 ft / 138 m; Extra: 360 ft / 109m|
| Loss on way in:||360 ft / 109 m|
| Distance:||3.1 mi / 5 km|
| Route:||NW ridge from West Peak|
| Start Trailhead:||South River Picnic Area 2920 ft / 890 m|
| Time:||1 Hours 35 Minutes|
| Loss on way out:||1535 ft / 467 m|
| Loss Breakdown:||Net: 455 ft / 138 m; Extra: 1080 ft / 329m|
| Gain on way out:||1080 ft / 329 m|
| Distance:||8.1 mi / 13 km|
| Route:||NW ridge, then South River|
| End Trailhead:||South River Picnic Area 2920 ft / 890 m|
| Time:||3 Hours 25 Minutes|
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