Saddleback is one of our favorite places to bird. From the kettle ponds to the taiga – it has terrain and birds for everyone.
Best known for its easier access to Bicknell’s Thrust, its strenuous trip brings you through the high-elevation spruce-fir forests of Saddleback Mountain to the Appalachian Trail.
In addition to normal birding gear, you should bring a day pack, 2 liters of water, food, bug repellent, sunscreen, raincoat or windbreaker, and a head net.
Please note this is not an RLHT property, and we have listed it here for The Artists Trail and the Rangeley Lakes Birding Trail.
For information on Saddleback Ski Resort visit their official website.
THE SEVEN LEAVE NO TRACE PRINCIPLES
FOR OUR CONSERVATION AREAS
Being prepared means knowing where you are going before getting there. Pack a map, talk with hikers and look at trail apps. Choose equipment for comfort, weather, and safety. Plan the trip to match your time, skills, and abilities.
We strive for one well-designed trail rather than many poorly chosen routes. Stay within the width of the trail and hike single file on durable surfaces, like rock and sand. They can withstand repeated use. Durable surfaces are less likely to erode. Vegetation, including the lichen that grows on rocks, is fragile and easily damaged by treads.
Carry in, carry out. Please remove your pet’s waste.
Allow those who come after you the same sense of wonder by leaving flowers, rocks, plants, archaeological artifacts, and other objects of interest where they are.
Permitted campfires are allowed in the established fire ring. State of Maine laws must be followed.
When wildlife watching, we recommend using the Rule of Thumb. Don’t touch, get near, feed, or pick up wild animals. Doing so causes them stress, and they may have a harmful disease to humans.
Always be courteous to other visitors. Everyone deserves to enjoy a positive outdoor experience. Be mindful of your noise level, be a responsible pet owner, and enjoy the natural world.