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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarNovember 15, 2020
Rock climbingIcyMuddyOff trailRockyScrambleSnow

Started at 9am today and finished by 6pm totaling a little over 15 miles. Would recommend going up Calkin’s Brook Trail which is the way I went today. First summitted Donaldson, then Emmons, then Seward. This route will allow you to hike via the easier side of Seward in my opinion and is less steep than hiking up Seward via the Blueberry Trail. Went back down Seward and over Donaldson again to hike back down the Calkin’s Trail. Make sure to look out for the cairn to go back down to Calkin’s from Donaldson. Today, there was much thin ice and a decent amount of snow near the summits. Donaldson was the most steep and difficult in my opinion with the amount of ice. By the time Seward was summited, a decent amount of ice began melting. Crampons were necessary to hike over the thin ice on the boulders. A colder day today at 29F with gloves and jacket necessary. Still a decent amount of mud on the trails so prepare for wet conditions.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarNovember 9, 2020
Hiking

No snow but much mud

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarNovember 8, 2020
HikingIcyMuddySnow

Come gather’round, sit, and listen closely children whist this Smooth Brained Koala rambles about a hike you may or may not be interested in. Take heed though, he’s clearly an idiot and probably has a few screws loose. I mean, he’s writing in the 3rd person for Pete’s sake. *ahem* Yes well, hmmm, yes well I hit these guys as a day hike yesterday, and boooy lemme tell ya. Nope! If you’re doing them for fun, you’re a masochist. If you’re a fellow future 46er, may the odds be in your favor. Now the fact you’re reading reviews in preparation means you’re already smarter than me, congrats! For those that actually are hoping to learn something from my experience my recommendation can be summarized in 3 words “don’t be dumb.” But before I say anymore, my background and an overview (so you know where I’m coming from)... My bias/background: -average hiker -wannabe 46er (41/46) -doesn’t have an irrational fear of lemonade -normally a solo hiker (39/46) -have done most of the 46 as short/long day hikes rather than multiday hikes My time stamps/overview: -(note: Nov means ~10 hours daylight) -started late (accidentally) at 730am -Summited and descended seymour by noon (met a few dogs on the way!) -Summited seward by 230 -was through to Emmons by 430 -back tracked for the donaldson descent at 515 -google said sunset was 4:37pm in lake placid. Sunset was about 500pm at summit (so youve got an extra ~30 minutes). Total darkness fell about 530pm. -was through the donaldson descent and back to the car (5-6 miles from summit) by 8pm -donaldson descent was spent in total darkness. HAVE A GOOD/RELIABLE HEADLAMP!!!!!! Unlike mine.... -consumed 3.5-4L of water. Aka bring a filter The review: You’re actually still reading? Or you skipped ahead? Either way I’m impressed, words are tough. So, how was the hike? Rough. You want more than that? Fine. Let me start by saying if you’re going to do a day hike do NOT(!) do them in any order besides seymour->seward->donaldson->emmons. Has nothing to do with the summits, has everything to do with your descents. Skipping ahead if you look at the topography map you’ll see the donaldson pass looks waaay less aggressive. To that I say “nice job reading Jim, you are correct.” But let me come back to that. Firstly, the access trails, mud and water here and there but nothing you shouldn’t expect from the dacks in late fall. Overall fairly pleasant. The climb up seymour isn’t bad. Nothing I would consider a scramble. A few flat rock faces here and there but nothing insane. Youll dodge mud and (now) snow/ice a here and there but overall this isn’t a climb I’d be fearful of. Only tip, use gps, it’s easy to miss the cairn. I did. You’ll get a decent view near the summit. Heading down isn’t too bad either. Next stop the seward climb. This was... miserable. I’ve fallen maybe a dozen times in all of my 41/46 climbs. Half of them? This single pass. The climb itself isn’t bad but this time of year the terrain is awful. EXPECT YOUR FEET TO BE WET/SOAKED FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE HIKE! This is the first time I got mud-hole-bamboozled. You know what I mean. You know when you pass a patch of mud with this mud-castle rising up from it in the shape of a boot and you think “boy I wonder what sucker got stuck there, I better walk around this.” Well slightly into this pass in one of the patches I can proudly say I’M THAT SUCKER! You think it’s a little bit of mud but no, it’s 2-3ft of loose mud and you sink up to your thigh. Can’t believe I didn’t loose a boot. The leaves will cover some parts so just take it slow and be mindful of your traction. Remember: Muddy boot = loose foot (yeah it doesn’t rhyme sue me, english makes no sense sometimes). On the bright side all this mud is caused by all this water. A roundabout way of saying there are PLENTY of places to refill on these peaks. The water from the seward pass tasted better than the seymour pass if you were wondering. Anyways, it started out like this fairly early and stayed this way for most of the climb. Overall think Santanoni Range x3 in terms of mud. The reason I say do them in this order is because I can’t imagine coming down this pass. Make your life easier, climb this, don’t descend it. Once you’re up high life only gets a little better. Continue to expect mud, mud, ice/snow, and more mud as you hit the remaining peaks. Expect your feet to still be wet at this time. Just after donaldson there’s even a pleasant bog you need to cross, ooooh joy! When you hit emmons look for the new-ish overlook. (I say new because it looks like the trees have been recently cut down). About 30-40ft before the summit theres a small bushwhacky like path off to the right (maybe 10-15ft long). The view, honestly, is one or my favorites thus far and the only reason it gets 3 stars from this Negative Nancy. That could just be the Stockholm Syndrome setting in though. Lastly make your way back to donaldson for your final decent. You’ll have a decent (quick-ish) descent...

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HikingMuddySnow

Went to attempt this loop on 10/29/20. Knew it was going to snow but ended up turning back, as the snow started to accumulate much more quickly than expected, and by the time we'd reached Donaldson I had soaked my shoes through in a mud-pit fiasco, & my partner had realized he'd forgotten his gloves. We also were pushing daylight, as we started at nearly 11. Bummed to have turned back, as the trail up Calkin's Brook was surprisingly easy (especially compared to the Blueberry trail which I'd heard was a monster). After hiking Seymour I was expecting to get my ass kicked by this but I really only got my feet soaked haha. The snow was beautiful but the trail to Emmons was unavoidable mud pits, so we turned back & will be coming back another time a bit more prepared. A little over 5 hours to Donaldson and back, hardly making it past Don to Emmons before turning back. Lovely trail in a really quiet part of the park.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarOctober 12, 2020
HikingMuddy

hiking to Emmons is a nightmare. I highly recommend the Calkins Brooke trail. views aren't very good. Donaldson was a good view of the ADK high peak region but very little room to rest and enjoy the view. seward had a good view to the west and North but no high peaks and very little room to sit and enjoy the view. unless you're going for your 46er completion you might as well never hike these peaks ever.

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HikingBlowdownIcyMuddyScramble

I enjoyed the views and the scrambles on this hike. It wasn't my favorite, but I also didn't hate it like some people seem to. We went up and down Calkins and I would recommend this route. It is more elevation, but not as steep as Ward Brook (allegedly, as I didn't take this route :)). I clocked 15.38 miles and total ascent of 4669. We went after several days of rain and the mud definitely set us back significantly. It was very, very muddy on a large portion of the trail and in particular between Donaldson and Emmons. We had a mix of mud, snow on the trees, ice on the rocks (not full microspike worthy though) and then blaring sun. So, we basically enjoyed all 4 seasons on the 3 peaks. Due to all of the leaves and blowdown from recent storms, we did have to seek out the trail at several points but never truly lost it. Just ensure you are paying attention around the brook as the trail is covered in leaves.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarOctober 10, 2020
HikingBlowdownMuddyScramble

10/10: Seymour first, then the 3 others, and out the Calkins Brook as a day trip, probably not something most sane hikers would like to do in a day and still enjoy themselves. Some fun scrambles, however almost everything is wet. Very muddy, and that gets old, like me. The views are good, many lakes to see. Sometimes the trail was somewhat difficult to follow perhaps due to all of the leaves, and unfortunately there are not many signs or markers to help out, the charm of a herd path. Nice people hiking as always. Note about the Calkins Brook. I was refilling my water bottles at one of the crossings, debating whether I was on the correct trail. My doubt stemmed from the fact that the alltrails route along the Calkins Brook doesn't show any water crossings until the end. But there can be at least two along the way. I suspect any tributaries to this trail eventually lead to the same place, which is down to the truck trail, so I don't think there is any need to worry. All good in the end, and I appreciated the company of a family on the way down, reassuring that this was indeed the trail. Definitely not one of my favorite 46er hikes, but they can't all be my favorites. Still, it is the Adirondacks, and it is beautiful. Took me over 12 hours, as I was fairly slow in the wet conditions.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 9, 2020
Hiking

Great spot to set up camp and see some stuff, rain on the way don made things slick and muddy.

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HikingBlowdownGreat!IcyMuddyRockyScrambleSnow
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