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Saddleback Mountain – Keene, NY

Posted on: July 26th, 2014 by Erin Weir No Comments

Saddleback_MountainOften climbed with several other peaks, Saddleback Mountain offers astounding views from its summit.  The route to the top is demanding as the terrain is quite untamed, but the view from the summit is almost completely unobscured.

Saddleback is frequently climbed along the Great Range Trail with Lower Wolfjaw and Upper Wolfjaw, with Gothics and Armstrong, or with Haystack and Basin.  To reach this trail you can park at The Garden or in overflow parking at Marcy Field.

Hike toward Johns Brook Lodge.  There you can take the Ore Bed Trail which leads to the Great Range Trail.  The Ore Bed Trail is quite demanding.  You will reach a steep area that looks like a slide.  It is not a slide, however, and steps and ladders have been put in place to make climbing it more accessible.  This approach is about 7 miles round trip.

While the trip to the summit is very challenging and requires a certain daredevil attitude in some spots (or at least a willingness to be exposed to the elements along the rock face) the climb is rewarded with some truly amazing views.  Offering almost 360 degrees of unobscured views, Saddleback allows you to see far and wide over the Great Range and Keene Valley.

 

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