Where Should I Hike at Saddleback?April 25, 2023
Enjoy Maine’s Appalachian Mountains
What better way to spend a summer’s day than with a hike in the Appalachian Mountains? Fishing, camping, backpacking, birding, and hiking are all activities available on the mountain this Memorial Day weekend.
• Headed to the top? Get to the summit via Grey Ghost & Tri-Color. This 1.7 mile hike will take about 2.5 hours out-and-back.
• For you peak baggers The Horn is 1.7 miles farther from the Saddleback AT Spur junction. That extra 3.4 miles of alpine hiking will snag 2 of Maine’s 4,000 Footers. Treat the delicate alpine zone with respect and stay on the trail.
• Looking for something leisurely? Take an easier loop past Rock & Midway Ponds on the Saddleback Spur of the Fly Rod Crosby Trail. You can even bring your pole to wet a line. Let the wilderness wash over you and step into some remote Maine Forest. With little elevation change, you can truly enjoy a stroll in the woods. Some trails turn to single track which makes you feel like you are truly out there. Foot Traffic Only-No Mountain Bikes, ATVs, or Motorcycles.
• Should You make it a two-fer? YES! Backpacking along the AT in our region is worth every step and bead of sweat. If you’re feeling spunky, take an overnight trip out to Eddy Pond or Piazza Rock and camp along the AT. You can make the out-and-back hike from the Saddleback Lodge via the Fly Rod Crosby Trail. Include the Berry Picker’s trail to make the second day a nice loop of the mountain. Or, if you’re looking for something strenuous, you can park at the lodge and hike up the ski tails to the summit, bag The Horn, then slip over the backside and camp at Redington Stream Campsite along the AT.
No matter how you spend the weekend, THE PUB is the place to be afterward. Enjoy an exciting summer menu from Chef Coco while enjoying the pristine beauty of Western Maine. We’ll see you up here!