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Heather Mason reviewed Fish Creek Loop Trail
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Barrett Statler reviewed Raquette Falls Trail
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Easy and peaceful walk through woods. I can definitely believe the other reviewers statement about not seeing much. If I had gone earlier in the year that is probably the case. But you can definitely see more of the river, prairies, and surrounding hills after the leaves have all fallen. There are plenty of neat spots where you can step off the trail to take a break but I had the whole trail to myself and was able to hang out at the falls alone for a long while.

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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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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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Daniel Gordon reviewed Deer Pond Loop
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Daniel Gordon reviewed Raquette Falls Trail
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Julie Ten Kate reviewed Low's Ridge
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This was a great time.

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Eric Watson reviewed Fish Creek Loop Trail
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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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Christopher England reviewed Black & Bridge Brook Ponds via Highway 421
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Very nice easy to follow trail, even with leaves covering the ground. Easy... for the Adirondacks, still up and down and rocky. Second lake is worth the extra distance. Parking is more like 3.5 miles from 30.

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we hiked up in the dark via Calkins brook. with the fallen leaves and foggy darkness we lost the trail several times but wasn't much issue following the herd path. very easy trail compared to many others I have done. I kept waiting for it to get steep or technical but never did. went to Donaldson and Emmons first then over the Seward. Seward had a couple good rock scrambles called rock chimney or something. I found it pretty fun but id say it was the more difficult section of the whole hike. we made the decision to back track to the junction near donaldson and hike down Calkins brook because we knew it was really easy instead of taking the steep technical climb down Seward. its all personal choice at that point. The one bad thing about that choice is the truck road at the bottom has a fair amount of incline and after a long day that was honestly annoying even though it was easy incline.

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Climb via Calkins creek one of the easiest hikes I have done...Muddy between Emmons and Donaldson...I came down the back of Seward...I don’t mind the scrambles, very steep and muddy but I prefer direct routes down. I enjoyed the hike out, came off of Seward around 1pm and back to parking lot at 230pm...I power hiked out on the flat section... I was never muddier in my life after finishing this hike ...almost comical!

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