While this hike doesn’t offer any grand views or beautiful streams, it does offer solitude and great opportunities to spot wildlife. In spring, this area is lush with wildflowers. It’s also a great choice for a snowy-day hike when Skyline Drive is closed. You can park outside the Swift Run Gap entry station, and walk 100 yards to the trailhead.
Mile 4.1 – Pass the junction of Appalachian Trail and Saddleback Mountain Trail on the left and continue south on AT.
Mile 5.6 – Cross back under powerlines
Mile 5.9 – Return to vehicle
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Reviews For The Saddleback Mountain Hike (5 Most Recent)
Hiked this one Sunday morning, as the weather forecast seemed iffy and we decided to take two dogs with us. Honestly a pretty easy hike, with the steepest part right in the beginning. But the rest of it isn't too strenuous and the top loop is fairly flat. The Saddleback Mountain loop was empty, and a bit overgrown, but it didn't bother us! , We only saw other hikers on the way back down on the AT (about 8-10 AT hikers) Great short hike if you don't want to have to drive too far into the park. Only one other car at the trailhead when we started at 8:15am, and we were back to the car by 10:40. Didn't stop too often, but our pace was dictated by the dogs, so it fluctuated greatly. Would be a good trail to run on as well.