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 mileage question re: Saddleback Mtn in ME 
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 mileage question re: Saddleback Mtn in ME
My girlfriend and I hiked Saddleback and the Horn near Rangeley, ME on Saturday. My research in the AMC Maine Mountain Guide (8th Edition) indicated that out and back to the Horn would be 13.4 miles. When we arrived at the trailhead the sign said it was 7.3 miles to the Horn (14.6 roundtrip), and all trail signs along the way consistantly indicated that distance. I know there are often rounding errors causing small differences between guidebook and trail sign distances, but a rounding error would not cause a variance of over a mile. I assume there is a misprint in the MMG. Does anyone out there know the true distance?
Thanks very much.


Tue Sep 07, 2010 3:18 pm
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We noticed the same when there in July. The GPS said 6.8 miles from the AT crossing (route 4) to The Horn, if that helps (would be ~13.6 miles RT).

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Tue Sep 07, 2010 3:42 pm
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Thanks. That would confirm the guidebook distance. Maybe whoever made the signs was sipping wine when they did it.


Tue Sep 07, 2010 5:02 pm
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Welcome to Maine. The most recemt guide book is better about it but the older editions and the trail signs are often in disagreement for some reason. The Marston Trail on North Brother is the worst I've seen, it was off by a mile and half or so. FWIW I've found it's usually the sign that is right.


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I did Saddleback & the Horn this year, via the ski area, so we didn't have that long amount of mileage...but the little research I did do on those peaks (on the internet) also indicated a 14.6-mile round trip if you did it via the real trails only.

I also noticed an error when I hiked Mt. Abraham in Maine last year. The guidebook said there was a certain distance between the trailhead sign and a dirt road you have to cross - I think it said it was 0.3 miles. Well I can tell you, it was a lot longer - at least 3/4 of a mile. So don't trust the AMC Maine guide when it comes to mileages...

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BobC wrote:
So don't trust the AMC Maine guide when it comes to mileages...


or for directions. or for accurate descriptions. or really for anything.

The AMC Maine guide is like portraits of Alfred E Neumann. Suitable for wrapping dead fish, lining birdcages, and training your puppy.


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Thanks everybody. I have 9 more peaks to finish the Maine 4Ks, so at least now I'll know what to expect.


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