Saddleback Mountain Hiking Trail Guide: Map, Trail Descriptions, Pictures & More

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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

This Afternoon
Sunny, with a high near 24. Southwest wind around 10 mph.

Tonight
A slight chance of snow showers after 4am. Mostly cloudy. Low around 21, with temperatures rising to around 27 overnight. South wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Saturday
A chance of snow showers before 7am, then a chance of snow between 7am and 8am, then a chance of snow and a slight chance of freezing rain between 8am and 9am, then rain and snow. Cloudy, with a high near 40. South wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of less than half an inch possible.

Saturday Night
Rain likely before 8pm, then a chance of rain showers between 8pm and 9pm, then a chance of snow showers between 9pm and 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 21. West wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Sunday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 22. West wind 10 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph.

Sunday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 17.

Monday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 28.

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

Andrea Davis
Andrea Davis

Andrea is a writer, hiker, and adventurer from New England. She enjoys snowboarding, sunrise hikes, winter, night hiking, traveling, and photography.

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