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The Saddles State Forest Loop

HARD 3 reviews

The Saddles State Forest Loop is a 8.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Whitehall, New York that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 8.6 miles Elevation Gain: 2,582 feet Route Type: Loop



nature trips


bird watching




no dogs

The trail is marked but difficult to follow and some sections are primitive with rough footing. The bay side has great views but climb the 1300 ft. to the North Saddle for the best view of the day.

off trail
5 months ago

If you plan to go there make sure you have some GPS device to bring you back. There is no markers for more than half of the trail. The other half, you will keep looking to find it. Otherwise it is ok.

10 months ago

This hike had some really amazing views and well worth it. We did start off in the wrong direction , the trailhead was not marked so it was relatively easy to walk right past. The trail is off to the right of the main four wheeling trail. look for blue blazes (although we had a difficult time spotting them throughout the hike) we decided to do the loop clockwise as we would be going down what looked to be a very steep on on all trails rather than going up. when the trail splits off at the loop the blazes change to white , which were even more difficult to spot than the blue . right at the beginning of the loop you're rewarded with views of Vermont , and you can see Equinox and Stratton Mountain in the distance. After that you begin the descent down to South Bay. we had a difficult time finding the trail due to fallen leaves, and lack of any other traffic on the trail. The blazes seem to be completely missing in spots that desperately needed them, we had to wander to find them. After reaching South Bay we started to ascend back up the Saddle, there was quite a bit of loose rock, which combined with the leaves made it quite a bit harder. Got especially turned around because something that looked like an obvious trail was not the trail to be following. VERY important to look for the white blazes. Overall this was a GREAT hike , but one more thing to note, there seemed to be quite a few hunters at this location, so keep in mind to wear bright clothing and make yourself heard.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Poorly marked trail, so don’t try this unless you have some experience following unmarked trails, or using GPS and a compass. The herd path that leads southwest from the parking lot is not part of the loop on the map here, and will.not take you to any decent views without some bushwhacking. On the marked trail There are blue blazes and white blazes on trees, but as far as I can tell, no state trail map or markers. I’m not sure why the DEC hasn’t taken some time to mark the trail or at least put up some signs directing people to the trail, but maybe someone will get around to it someday. The DEC website also shows there is an information kiosk here, but there is not.

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