The last peak of a 5 peak day. We were bushed, but satisfied. The true summit is the one closer to Basin.
This peak has some astonishing views of the Gothics and Keene Valley. I hiked it by myself and, when I first was unable to scale the western cliffs, started to freak out knowing that a retreat would mean doubling back over Basin, a bad thing as the day was getting late. Fortunately I found a way up the shear rock face, although I was scared!
The dip between the two summits looks pretty serious but is really not bad at all in difficulty.
I think an additional ladder or two would increase the safety of the western approach.
After climbing Basin (my 46th), Mike F. and I headed for Saddleback - short trip but spooky scramble up the ~100 or so foot rock face. Great weather and views from both Basin and Saddleback... one of the best trip I've ever had in the ADK!
This was a tough one in full pack in the rain. I remember being on the steep section and seeing nothing but clouds above and below me.
last peak which we did by accident after marcy/haystack and basin in one day without enough water- first introduction to scrambling - scared me a bit but looking back - glad I did it.
Hiked to Saddleback for Number Eight with the brother and sister after hitting Basin. This is a fun climb, although quite steep and a tad nerve-wracking at times. Some nice scrambles.
I wanted to do Gothics real bad, but time ran out for us. There's always next time.
Round trip in 6 hours. Great view of the cliff on big slide.
This is one rough hike by usual standards for maintained trails. The trail can be somewhat difficult to follow in cetain places along Ore Bed Brook. The upper reaches of the ADK Range trail on this peak are closer to 3rd class scrambling than to a walk-up.
overcast warm 30's
Views are average for the high peaks (which is still good), but the climb is scary steep and a blast to make. A 100' rock climb that is pretty scary, but alot of fun.
I would plan for an ascent of the west face instead of a descend, particularly with packs. It pretty steep, and borders on Rock climbing instead of hiking for about 100' of the ascent.