Ascent of Seward Mountain on 2012-06-02

Climber: Mike Guethle

Date:Saturday, June 2, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Seward Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4331 ft / 1320 m

Ascent Trip Report

From Coreys Road, we drove to the trailhead and went on our way. Yes, it was raining, but meh. We hiked in the 4.7ish miles to the Blackberry Leanto, ditched our sleeping gear, and bushed on. At like two minutes after walking further, we crossed the first wooden bridge and took the herd path right. Along the herd path there are some really cool things to look at if you're into the water hikes. Take your time and take some goddamned pictures.

At like 20 feet below the Seward peak, there is this massive awesome wall. It's freakin' sweet. After Seward, you will not really follow the ridge line, but with rather take a line as the crow flies to Donaldson, which has some sweet views. If you have friends who told you that the Seward range has no views, headbutt them. The Sewards are awesome.

Further down the road is the Emmons summit. No views for the view-happy folks, but the trail there is neat. The whole herd path for the entire range is very up-and-down and very much covered in cliffs and such, so take care, and note that you may not make your fastest time.

Given that it was all rainy and stuff, we dropped off the Caulkins Brook trail. This trail is kinda goofy, and leads back to an area 1.2 miles from the car and 3.4ish miles from the Blueberry LT. The trail is as follows:
-Trail starts at about 5 minutes north of the Donaldson Summit.
-Veers left at about 1/4mile down the west slope.
-crosses a bunch of small streams, less than a few steps wide
-At about 3 miles in (a bit over an hour of walking), it crosses the Caulkins Brook/Creek. Take care in crossing, but it's really not terrible.
-follow the herd path to an intersection. At this intersection, one truck path goes straight(east), and the other goes to the right (north). GO north. There are a whole bunch of old trail markers on the trail, but none of them are listed on the map (they, like the parking area, are too far west to be on the map... I think).
-After an hour or so of walking, you will come to another intersection that describes something like 6 horse trails and some trails that no longer exist. Don't go left here, or right. Go straight.
-Walk for something around 5 minutes, and you will be at the Red Trail, 1.2MI from the car, 3.4ish miles from the first lean to.

We stayed the night. I got up and bagged Seymore for my 46 finish, and it was awesome. The trail for that is like 4 minutes southeast of the Ward Brook LT. It's awesome. You should go there.

But for realsies, stop and take pictures. This whole area is mad cool. It's kind of like the jungle of the high peaks.

Do it, you won't.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Stream Ford
Ascent Part of Trip: Sloppy Sewards (1 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Seward Mountain2012-06-02
2Donaldson Mountain2012-06-02
3Mount Emmons2012-06-02
4Seymour Mountain2012-06-03

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