Hiking Saddleback Mountain
Guidelines for Summer & Fall Hiking at Saddleback
IMPORTANT HIKER NOTICE! (July 27, 2022) - There is active construction on the mountain in the summer and fall months. We welcome hikers but ask that you be aware and use caution, especially around construction vehicles. There is a marked hiker route you can follow to avoid the lift construction zone on Wheeler Slope before proceeding up the mountain. Thank you for your cooperation!
At 4,120' in elevation, Saddleback Mountain has been a hiking destination in the Rangeley Region for decades. The Appalachian Trail crosses the summit so Saddleback has been a path for many AT thru-hikers over the years. Saddleback welcomes hikers. If you have not hiked the mountain before, please keep these tips and rules in mind.
- We all love a good leg burner day on the slopes. You can get the same great workout at Saddleback in the summertime. There are two main hiking routes up Saddleback Mountain's ski resort side. The road by way of Lower Green Weaver and the most direct route, Grey Ghost. It’s 1.8 miles from the lodge to the summit (via Grey Ghost + Tri-Color) and another 1.7 miles to the Horn from the summit.
- Saddleback is Maine’s 3rd largest alpine zone, the ecosystem above the treeline is extremely fragile, please always travel on durable surfaces such as rock or bare dirt.
- Plan ahead and prepare, pack plenty of water and extra layers, at over 4,000 feet the weather on the mountain will be much different than in the town of Rangeley. It can be cold and windy on the summit even in mid-summer.
- We all love our dogs, but please be considerate of other visitors, and the fragile ecosystem and keep dogs on leash above the tree line.
- There is active construction going on during the summer and early fall at Saddleback. Please be aware of construction vehicle traffic and allow the vehicles to pass.
- Hike at your own risk. Please be aware there are no on-mountain emergency services available.
- There will be a new Appalachian Trail Conservancy hiking kiosk at the base area this summer. More info coming soon! You can view the ATC trail map and guide to hiking Saddleback Mountain here.
Hiking in the Rangeley Region
Enjoy a Guided Hike With Saddleback Adventures
Saddleback Mountain is located in the heart of the Western Maine High Peak's region. If you're looking to experience Saddleback Mountain led by a local guide, the Saddleback Adventures team offers guided trips. Take the Fly Rod Crosby Trail to the AT and summit Saddleback, or trek from the Saddleback summit to the Horn. These trips will be available upon request and will be booked directly through the website or by calling our Guest Services Desk at 207-864-5671 ex. 139. We’ll carry the freshly packed lunch, first aid kit, and any other equipment to ensure a safe, and fun hiking experience!
- Guided hikes up Saddleback Mountain
- Birds & Brews Nature Walks
- Free Kids' Nature Walks
- A Summer Hiking Series in partnership with the Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust on their conservation land. Information on scenic trails and nature walks are listed on the RLHT website.
- Learn more about the wide range of hiking trips offered and book online.