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Heather Mason reviewed Fish Creek Loop Trail
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Teddy Papes reviewed Stoney Creek Pond Trail
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well maintained. nice short hike with one short but steep hill. beautiful swimmable lake at end!

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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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Danielle Lasell reviewed Middle Saranac Lake
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Easy but steep towards the end. Good day hike. I wouldn’t recommend small dogs. Summit has an amazing 360 view!! Trailhead across the road from parking lot. Out houses toward camping area!

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Angela Poblocki reviewed Seymour Mountain Trail
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Rock climbingOff trailRockyScramble

Hiked Seymour on a 70 degree day in November which was incredible! Easy hike in until the last 1.5 miles of steep, muddy terrain. It was very easy to slip on the mud which did take more time to hike up to the summit. Climbing up the boulders made it difficult with the amount of mud present. Seymour is a herd path off of the Blueberry Trail so be sure to look out for the cairn to turn. Overall, great hike, but be prepared for endless mud.

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David Oliver reviewed Seymour Mountain Trail
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Uriel Menalled reviewed Seymour Mountain Trail
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Andrew Clarey reviewed Seymour Mountain Trail
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Incredible

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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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Jason Greene reviewed Seymour Mountain Trail
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great hike...cool trail and wonderful views...perfect weather.

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Tereson Dupuy reviewed Middle Saranac Lake
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Short and beautiful!

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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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Jason Capizzi reviewed Middle Saranac Lake
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Rachel Stein reviewed Middle Saranac Lake
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Jul R reviewed Middle Saranac Lake
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Alyssa Woodworth reviewed Seymour Mountain Trail
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Shauna Fowler reviewed Seymour Mountain Trail
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I hiked on 10/20/20 and it took me 8 hours to complete with minimal breaks. With the fall foliage this trail is a beautiful walk through the woods. Most of it is down, but there are still a few leaves holding on. The 1.5 to the top from the turn off felt like it took forever. It was raining the day I hiked, so I had to take it slowly as the trail was acting as a small stream. Overall, the Sewards have some of my favorite woods walking in the high peaks! (Even with the rain)

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JohnandAnalisa Peña reviewed Middle Saranac Lake
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Absolutely gorgeous

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Eric Watson reviewed Fish Creek Loop Trail
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