Saddleback Mountain is a 4,120 foot mountain located in Franklin County, Maine. It is the 8th highest peak in the state of Maine and one of the fourteen peaks with a topographic prominence greater than 2,000 feet. The mountain is best known for its ski resort: Saddleback Maine Ski Resort, which is located on the north side of the mountain. The Appalachian Trail, which spans from Georgia to Maine, runs along the ridge of the mountain and crosses over the summit.

Elevation: 4,120 feet

Elevation gain: 2,752 feet

Distance: 6.3 miles

Duration (book time): 4.5 hours

Difficulty: Moderate

Trails

Appalachian Trail, Grey Ghost and Tri Color trails

This route will bring you up and over both Saddleback Mountain and The Horn. Start your hike at the Saddleback base lodge and follow the road up the Wheeler Slope to the Grey Ghost and Tri Color trails. Tri Color trail will lead to the top of the Kenebago Quad, and a short narrow path will then lead you up to the summit of Saddleback. The entire route is very rocky, and follows along a well beaten ski path most of the way up. Once you reach the top, make a left turn onto the Appalachian Trail until you reach the summit of Saddleback Mountain. To continue over to the Horn, continue hiking on the AT for another 1.6 miles until you reach the summit. To descend, retrace your steps the way you came back down to the ski area parking lot.

Trail Map

Saddleback Mountain Trail Map

Camping And Overnight Hiking Options

There is a campsite with a reliable water source available to hikers at the Piazza Rock shelter, approximately 1.4 miles from the trailhead. This campsite is managed by the Appalachian Mountain Club and a caretaker is present during the regular season.

Hiking In Winter

Hikers should be aware that snow fields may exist on the trail into late May. Carry snowshoes and traction until the snow melt is completely gone. Many hikers will choose to snowshoe up to the summit and ski down the trail during the winter season.

Weather Forecast

Here is the next four days of weather for Saddleback:

Farmington, ME

Tonight
A chance of rain showers before 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 49. West wind 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Sunday
A chance of rain showers after 9am. Partly sunny, with a high near 63. West wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Sunday Night
A slight chance of rain showers before 7pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 47. Northwest wind 5 to 15 mph. New rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Monday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 63. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

Monday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 49. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday
Partly sunny, with a high near 64.

Tuesday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 50.

Parking

The parking area for this hike is at the Saddleback Maine Ski Resort on Saddleback Mountain Road in Rangeley, Maine.

Directions

Take route 16 North towards Rangeley, Maine. You will then continue onto route 4 South. Make a left turn onto Dallas Hill Road, followed by a sharp right turn onto the Saddleback Ski Area access road. There is plenty of parking available near the Main Lodge.

Directions to Saddleback Maine Ski Resort:

Additional Photos

Saddleback Mountain Hiking Trail Views

Photo credit – Wiki Commons

Saddleback Mountain Hiking Trail Views

Photo credit – John Hayes