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Great hike straight up Saddleback with beautiful views. The trail over to the The Horn was technical in a few spots but fun. This hike is a must do if your in the Rangeley area.

12 days ago

Do not hike this after a rain. It isn’t a family
Hike - can be difficult for some up top. It goes through boulders and wet rocks covered with moss. The view is nice, but it is too busy.

Nice woods and creek, but very rocky and slippery to hike with a 4 yo and a baby carrier. We didn't go the whole way because of a couple falls and tears.

rock climbing
14 days ago

We had a 7 year old who scrambled up the trail with no problems (he’s low to the ground) but there are several steep rock faces to tackle as you near the top. I’d say the trail starts out easy, moves to moderate and becomes challenging at the top.

18 days ago

Great trail for the dogs, I agree with moderate and a beautiful view at the top of the tower.

22 days ago

this is categorized as a moderate trail, Well I call BULL. where this may be a short 1.3 mile up and 1.3 mile down it is all uphill hill to the top for obvious reasons but with some spots over a 30 degree incline I would classify this as a hard short trail. But, the view is absolutely fabulous and worth the reward but i does take a long while to hike it. there were picnic tables at the top for resting but there is no water at all at the top which would have been great because we ran out of water when we hit the top. UGH no water until we ht the car that was rough.

Saddleback is a must if you go to Rangeley. It’s one of the more difficult and strenuous trails as it goes up a ski resort trail. The top is beautiful and well-worth the hike. It connects to the AT up top, and there is a nice little pond up there to swim if you want (my dog sure did!). It’s one of the most beautiful mtn tops I’ve hiked.

Absolutely an incredible mountain range for snowshoeing! Love this spot after a classic Maine blizzard. The Saddleback ski resort may be abandoned but there's someone grooming part of the trails for past few years. 360-degree views from summits are stunning. Autumn and summer hiking up Saddleback offer a moderate to strenuous workout. There's an old warming hut just before the summit, as the trail connects to the Appalachian Trail; sources of heat have been removed from this hut but it's still a great quick shelter to grab a bite and get out of high winds.

My dad, who is an active retiree but not a hiker, and I did this hike on a partly sunny day. I was glad we did the AT from RT 4 to get to Saddleback instead of the ski trail because I love all the trail features on the AT. I felt it was more interesting even if it was longer. We didn't make it to the horn because of time. Since my dad is not a hiker, it took us nearly 8 hours (not including time at the top to have lunch) to go the total 10.5 miles. I highly recommend this hike. The views were great!

2 months ago

Great day for a hike. Overcast skies, no wind. Trail is well marked with blue blazes. However they really aren’t required as the trail is well trodden. Lots of roots throughout the trail! (Welcome to hiking in New England). Beautiful views from atop the fire tower. The tower is open access. No need to climb over gates! The description on AllTrails states the distance is 2.3 miles from the Bald Mtn parking lot it’s only 1.3 miles.

This is not a “moderate” hike as listed. Easy for sure. No elevation gain, or at least you don’t feel it. There was some construction being done to freshen and add planked walkways. I’m for it in some areas, but the more that is added, the more it takes away from the scenic environment. Hope they don’t go overboard with it...

3 months ago

It had lightly rained and drizzled for most of the day, but it stopped by mid-afternoon. I knew I was in for soggy conditions but I went for it. Started at 4:58pm and I was to the fire tower by 5:50pm. Lots of stone and root hopping in the first 2/3...I found driving the arch of my hiking boots into the roots with each step was easier than picking solid ground to tip toe around at times. The last bit as very rocky and can be steep in areas. It was especially challenging with wet/slippery conditions, but I didn't mind. It actually made me pay more attention to each step. You must climb the tower for the full view, but little summit trails lead to some great outlooks. The rainy day clouds were starting to break just as I hit the top. After my usual summit-beer, I headed back down to find other great outlooks along the way. I was paying so much attention to each step on my way up that I never looked back to see the views behind me. Glad I caught them on my way down. Not a difficult hike, but even as short as it is, there are steep climbs on tough terrain that some folks might find challenging. I was back to my car by 7:20pm...and it's before Memorial Day, so everything in town is closed by 7...

I was in Rangeley for a week, and this hike was my first priority. I was on my own schedule all week, so I purposefully chose the best forecasted weather day and went for it. It would be my first two 4,000 ft peaks, and it surely did not disappoint! 72 degrees at the base lodge of the ski area, 60 degrees at the summit and clear skies the entire day...in Northern Maine...in May. Couldn't have gotten luckier.
The trek up is steep. Very steep. Double black diamond ski trails most of the way up, which as a non-skier, I can't imagine going down with glides attached to my feet. Take the time to stop and look back at the views as you climb...just keeps getting better. There was still some significant snow patches in shady spots throughout. The scenery doesn't end with the summit of Saddleback. There are amazing vistas and outlooks across the entire ridge from Saddleback to the Horn, and back. Atop the Horn, hurricane force winds nearly blew me over a couple times as I was paying too much attention to my camera and not at keeping my balance...it came out of nowhere and was persistent my entire time on the mountain top. I planned to have lunch and a beer, but the wind was too much, so I came back down the ridge before being able to dig in and not have anything blow away. I went by myself, saw a women trail running with her dog about 15 minutes into my climb, then didn't see another human until a man walking his dog on the bunny-hills 10 minutes before I got back to my car. There were moments I definitely feel I was the only person in a 2 mile radius. I started at 10:49am, finished at 5:23pm...LOTS of pausing for pictures, a full sit-down lunch, and plenty of stops at crystal clear ponds and running snowmelt to wet my bandana. I will absolutely be back again to conquer these beasts! Maybe my favorite hike I have ever taken.

3 months ago

Great hike, 360 view of the Rangeley Lakes Region at the top from the old fire tower. Trail maintained fairly well so you can avoid muddy areas. Top 1/3 of the hike is the steepest, a lot of granite surface, would be a bit slick if wet.

3 months ago

Great views from the tower on the peak.

Harder climb because of patches of ice and snow near the already challenging top. Fire tower climb at the end was amazing!

I hiked this trail with my family and it was fantastic! I would highly recommend it for anyone who is in the area.

on Bald Mountain Trail

6 months ago

The view is always great once at the top, summer or winter! You have two different access to this trail. You can rather start in the parking lot of the Hayes Landing in Oquossoc (will be in a left inside on Rd 4, before you reach Bald Mountain Rd), or you can start right at the bottom of the mountain, on Bald Mountain Rd (will be on a left inside on Bald Mountain Rd, a little bit after you pass Bald Mountain Camps). I regularly hike this trail and kinda prefer the first access. The beginning of the trail is therefore mostly flat and it gives you a chance to warm up before you start going up!

Beautiful panoramic views at the top! The trail is a modest incline most of the way. The snow was well-packed and easy to walk on. Once the incline steepens, there is a lot of ice that makes the trail more challenging (I assume this would normally be boulder-ridden, but this time of year you can’t see them). Micro spikes or poles would be worth it over these sections as snow melts daily from the sun and refreezes. In the winter, the trail parking lot is not cleared. You can park on the road safely (it is not heavily trafficked). The trail is short, but plan time to climb the fire tower and enjoy the views. There is a picnic table at the top to sit and refuel. There are also several stream crossings early on for water.

Awesome short hike. Went in March, so the trail was completely covered in ice and snow. The waterfalls and river frozen over made for an incredible sight. We were lucky that snowshoe tracks made navigating the trail less slippery, but there are plenty of trees along the route to grab on to when balance feels precarious. If you’ve never seen the trail in winter, it is definitely worthwhile!

9 months ago

Beautiful and crisp day to view the falls and gorge after a snowfall.

The climb is always worth it.. beautiful views once we reached the top. Definitely didn't wear the right shoes for snow/ice. Not a hard hike per say but very slippery in areas. Fun to see all the tracks in the snow on the way up. Wish we would've started the trail earlier to enjoy the view up top longer. Incredible. A few in our group didn't make it all the way due to the slick conditions (child in a backpack child carrier... better safe than sorry). Definitely want to come back in the summer/fall!

great hike. love the different array of peaks you can see when out at the horn.

on Bald Mountain Trail

11 months ago

It was pretty slick after a lot of rain but the view at the top was definitely worth it!

Friday, September 15, 2017


my favorite place

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Nice hike. Awesome views at top!!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Great hike. Awesome views from a great sturdy tower.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

This hike is amazing if you can do it. Most of the trail is roots and dirt, though towards the top there are some boulders to climb over. I say they are easier to climb up than to navigate down. When you reach the top, don't expect it to be "bald" it's very wooded, but when you climb the fire tower, man that was amazing. You could even see mount Washington.

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