Western Lakes and Mountains Places



Ski Areas

Rangeley Lakes Trails Center. About 35 miles of groomed cross-country and snowshoe trails stretch along the side of Saddleback Mountain. The trail network is largely wooded and leads to Saddleback Lake. In the warmer weather, the trails are popular with mountain bikers, hikers, and runners. A snack bar, known for its tasty soups, is open in winter. 524 Saddleback Mountain Rd., off Rte. 4, Dallas, ME, 04970. 207/864–4309. www.xcskirangeley.com.

Saddleback Maine. A family atmosphere prevails at Saddleback Maine, where the lack of crowds, affordable prices, and spectacular valley views draw return visitors. The 66 trails and glades, accessed by five lifts, are divided about evenly among novice, intermediate, and advanced. A fieldstone fireplace is nestled in the post-and-beam base lodge, which has a second-story pub with views of Saddleback Lake. The resort has a ski school, rental shop, and trailside lodging. Summer guests have access to canoes on Saddleback Lake. 976 Saddleback Mountain Rd., off Rte. 4, Dallas, ME, 04970. 207/864–5671 or 866/918–2225. www.saddlebackmaine.com.

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