Ascent of Donaldson Mountain on 2018-09-22

Climber: Timmy Johnson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, September 22, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Donaldson Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4108 ft / 1252 m

Ascent Trip Report

I started my hike at the Seward Mt. trailhead near Coreys. I hiked the 1.2 miles until the first trail intersection (after the horse trail). I made the right here towards Calkins Brook. I hiked this trail until I found the cairn signifying the Calkins Brook herd path. I made a left here and proceeded to take this trail all the way to the top of the ridge - the cul just below Donaldson Mt. I then made the 'right' towards Donaldson. I summited Donaldson and kept going, taking the herd path towards Mt. Emmons. I summited Emmons where there was a dead end in the herd path, so I turned around, taking the herd path back towards Donaldson. Summited Donaldson again, taking in the views, before I proceeded to head towards Seward. I passed the Calkins Brook herd path cairn and descended into the cul below Seward. After another elevation gain and cul, I ascended steeply on the herd path to the summit of Seward. The original plan was to take Calkins Brook herd path back to the trailhead, but I decided to skip the elevation gain and descend down the steep Wards Brook herd path until it met up with the official trail again. I made a left at that trail, and hiked the long 5 miles all the way back to the Seward trailhead.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Stream Ford, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
Cool, breezy, sunny
Ascent Part of Trip: Donaldson / Emmons / Seward

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Donaldson Mountain2018-09-22 
2Mount Emmons2018-09-22 
3Seward Mountain2018-09-22 

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