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Kristin Olmstead reviewed Dean Homestead Heritage Trail
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HikingBugsGreat!RockyScramble

The parking area is on the other side from the start of the trail if you’re using the AllTrails app. I thought I was going for a decent walk in the woods. This trail offers some decent climbs. The trail starts out as a gravel path until you enter the wooded area. There’s lots of rocks and roots, the bugs weren’t too bad but I did spray before I started. There’s a lot of switchbacks and the trail offers a pretty good climb up & steep going back. There’s not a lot to look at except some swamps & streams. The trail is marked and there’s maps along the way, several different trails to go on. There’s a couple spots where you actually use the wooded ladders to climb or descend. I saw a few groups and I ventured off the trail to get a picture of the swamp and came across a grass snake. It was 81 mostly sunny, gravel trail is not shaded, shaded once you get into the woods. If you enjoy the peace and quiet of nature and looking for a decent workout, this would be the trail for you. There’s no cell service so pay attention to how you get there.

Kristin Olmstead reviewed Dean Homestead Heritage Trail
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Eric Selin reviewed Cheney Mountain
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Deb Halley reviewed Mud Pond Mountain
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Ok

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Paddle sportsPrivate property

Launch area near the Moshier Road is privately owned. Current owners do not want people using this launch. Signage needs to be changed in order the clear up any confusion.

Daniel Johnson reviewed Cheney Mountain
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Allison Defibaugh reviewed Donaldson and Seward Mountain Trail
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5 miles on the dot to the turn off Blueberry to head up to Seward. Slabs in abundance toward the top. And when the slabs take a break, it’s large boulders. Can not recommend doing this loop in reverse. The slabs are steep to go down. A note here to say there’s a lookout just before Seward. Expansive lovely views. Sit here and have your lunch. Cuz it’s just that bit too far back down from Seward to go back down after you summit and the summit is viewless. Summited Seward 5 hours out from the car. Quick down and up to Donaldson. Trail down Calkins Brook is well-marked by a cairn .1 from the summit of Donaldson. Someone stole the summit sign for Donaldson. The ridge walk on the way to Emmons is one of the best parts of this hike. Enjoy it. After this is a long down and a tough up on tired legs with lots of bogged out mud pits. Emmons snuck up on us. We didn’t even realize we had arrived when we got to the boulder that is the summit. Another tough down and up to Donaldson then off Donaldson to Calkins Brook trail. A far gentler down via this route. Some roots and slick mud issues but nothing terrible. We took the truck trail out to Blueberry and I would’ve liked to know ahead of time just how far up it’s necessary to climb to get back to Blueberry from Calkins Brook. It starts level then goes up in a hurry for a gooood long while. Hard but not impossible this close to the end. The turn for the car has some more vertical to climb, sadly, but it’s a rolling, comfortable retracing of your steps. A hugely rewarding hike.

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Claire Siconolfi reviewed Donaldson and Seward Mountain Trail
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HikingBlowdownMuddyOver grownRockyScramble

Firstly, my recording is all messed up because AllTrails kept pausing itself for no reason. We logged 17 miles, 3,770 ft. in elevation, in a total time of 13.5 hours (10.5 moving). We went out along the Blueberry Trail and up the Ward Brook Trail to hit Seward first. This was the right call. The trail is long, very steep, and involves a lot of scrambling over boulders and up slabs. It was a great climb up to the summit. As we rested at the summit we were very grateful that our planned route wasn't taking us back down this trail. Heading over to Donaldson was relatively straight forward. Down initially, sometimes steeply, then back up. The trail hits a "T" junction marked by a small cairn. Right puts you on the Calkins Brook Trail and left sends you up to Donaldson. More boulders and slabs. The Donaldson sign has been (we assume) stolen, the tree is scarred with a nail hole and has an olive green shoelace tied to it. Heading over to Emmons is super muddy. At one point we both misplaced our feet and sunk up to our knees. Heading down the Calkins Brook Trail was initially fairly steep before flattening out to a more gentle grade. Where the trail crosses the brook makes a great rest stop to rehydrate, refuel, and cool off before continuing the trek back to the trailhead.

Jab Aldrich reviewed Dean Homestead Heritage Trail
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HikingBugsPrivate propertyScramble

Great hidden gem! I’d recommend to all skill levels. My 7 yr old did this w/o complaints. The trail starts off through a field, then into a forest, then while approaching the “peak” you’re into as another hiker previously stated ‘lush and enchanting’ greens. No summit with a view from what I found but just an incredibly beautiful gem in Stony Creek. Short ladder, some man made steps, and then natural earth scrambles with a little bit of ‘watch your step.’ Well worth the drive. Just a beautiful ride to the trail. Will be returning to do the homestead trail. Be aware that there are numbered trails along the main. There are map placards throughout and each numbered trail is well marked. Totally enjoyable day!

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I’d be okay never doing this one again. Needed it for the 46ers

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This was a nice hike . Rocky on the way up and a little wet but smoothed out and the path to Redmond's may be missed if not looking for it . It's on the right . Keep yours eyes open!

Luca Richman reviewed Mud Pond Mountain
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HikingBugsGreat!Over grownPrivate property

This is a really nice trail even though you have to take an odd path to get there, and even though for a good portion of it, the trail is a wide, grassy road. All the way down Kickerville Road there is a continuation that's marked as private, which you must keep driving down, until you reach a parking area marked as public. From there, take a look at the map on the trail sign in box and you'll have a good idea of where to go. Follow the Mud Pond Launch trail, but once you get to the Mud Pond launch, do not turn to Mud Pond, keep going straight. The OA Trail marker is somewhat hidden and I overshot it initially, but it's on the left on the way in, once the trail is west of McRorie Lake. Once at the OA trail, it's a steep climb to the top with little respite. Once at the top, the summit is poorly marked. Once you reach an open rock area at the top, make a sharp left turn on what looks to be a trail, and you will find markers that lead to the summit, with great views of McRorie Lake, Mud Pond, and even some of Long Lake in the background. Good trail and not too difficult to follow the markings, but you definitely need to understand how the trail works and what to look out for beforehand.

Julia Bouchard reviewed Donaldson and Seward Mountain Trail
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