Results 1 to 6 of 6

Thread: ADK High peaks

  1. #1
    Junior Member Forts's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Ottawa
    Posts
    8

    Question ADK High peaks

    Hi all,

    High peaks in the Adirondacks New york

    I am looking to do the seward, emmons, seymour, and donaldson mountains in the high peaks region. I am not sure where the trailheads are and found the guide book a little confusing.

    Can someone give me driving directions from the north(crossing over at Cornwall Island) to the trailheads in this area and where to park if I camp.

    Thanks
    Later

  2. #2
    Senior Member rhihn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    Voorheesville NY
    Posts
    829
    Quote Originally Posted by Forts
    I am looking to do the seward, emmons, seymour, and donaldson mountains in the high peaks region. I am not sure where the trailheads are and found the guide book a little confusing. Can someone give me driving directions from the north(crossing over at Cornwall Island) to the trailheads in this area and where to park if I camp.
    I'll give it a go, but I hope others will jump in with any corrections or suggestions. I've quoted a few passages from the ADK High Peaks guide (the guidebook you used?). I’ve never driven from Cornwall, but looking at the map, this seems to be the best way:

    Take Rt. 37 east to Malone, NY.
    Take Rt. 30 south to Rt. 3
    Take Rt. 3 east 2.7 mi.
    As you approach that mileage point, go slowly and look for sign on the right that says “High Peaks via Duck Hole” Turn right onto this road.

    From ADK High Peaks guide:
    (the road) “is paved through the little settlement of Coreys, but turns to gravel at about 1.5 mi., crosses Stony creek at 2.5 mi, and continues to a parking area on the Right, 5.8 mi from Rt. 3...From this parking lot, both a foot trail and a horse trail depart for the Ward Brook Truck Trail and Duck Hole. “

    This is as close as you can park to these mountains, whether dayhiking or camping.

    The horse trail and the Blueberry foot trail both leave from this lot, and follow the same trail for 0.5 mi. Go left at that junction onto the Blueberry trail. Follow this trail (quite level) for 4.5 mi. to the Blueberry Lean-to, on Right (camping spots in that area also).

    A short distance beyond the Blueberry Lean-to is the junction with the Ward Brook Truck Trail. Turn right onto this trail. Shortly you will pass the intersection where the horse trail comes out. You will then pass by three brooks. The first of these is the beginning of the herd path to Seward/Donaldson/Emmons. Doing these three mountains and back from that point is a long day.

    After the third brook (0.9 mi. from Blueberry Lean-to, or 5.4 from parking lot) is another lean-to on the right (Ward Brook Lean-to). There are camping spots here also. Just past the Ward Brook Lean-to is another brook, which is also the beginning of the herdpath to Seymour (look for cairn on far side).

    An alternate approach to Donaldson and Emmons, now a standard one, is via Calkins Brook:

    Start at the same parking lot. Take the same Blueberry foot trail but only 1.2 mi. to junction with Calkins Brook Truck Trail. Turn Right onto this trail. Pass junction with horse trail at 1.4 mi., continue straight ahead (south). From the guide book: “Calkins Brook Truck Trail continues climbing at easy grades to a height of land at 2.1 mi, after which the road dips, climbs again, and then begins a gradual, rolling descent to a brook crossing at 2.8 mi. Now mostly flat or gently down, the trail comes to a junction with the herd path to Mt. Donaldson” (3.3 mi. from parking lot).

    If you cross Calkins Brook (3.4 mi.), you’ve gone too far. Look for a very sharp bend in the trail to the right, and a path to the left at that point. Follow the path a short distance to the brook and cross the brook. This is the beginning of the herd path to Donaldson and Emmons. There was no cairn when we did it, but I've heard there may be one now. I’m not sure about campsites in that area.

    How you plan your approach will depend upon weather, your time, and your hiking style.
    Dick

  3. #3
    Junior Member Forts's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Ottawa
    Posts
    8

    Red face

    Thanks Dick, Maybe I was making the guide book more confusing then it actually was, thanks

  4. #4
    Senior Member ALGonquin Bob's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    Out & About
    Posts
    1,161
    A good resource for locating trailheads (maps and photos) and finding trail info is www.adirondackjourney.com

    This forum (VFTT) and www.adkhighpeaks.com are also great sources of this information.
    "It's a beautiful day!" - The final words of fellow hiker Shin Murnane (5785W), near Marcy Dam 3/28/09.
    46er #5357W
    Check out ALGonquin Bob's Paddle Guide

  5. #5
    Senior Member ALGonquin Bob's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    Out & About
    Posts
    1,161
    When walking the road (horsepath) toward the Calkins Brook trail, you might see a cairn or flagging on the left before you come to that "sharp bend in the trail", it's a newer cutoff that intersects the main Calkins Brook trail. Either way will put you onto the popular herd path.
    "It's a beautiful day!" - The final words of fellow hiker Shin Murnane (5785W), near Marcy Dam 3/28/09.
    46er #5357W
    Check out ALGonquin Bob's Paddle Guide

  6. #6
    Senior Member Pete_Hickey's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    Hull, Quebec. Avatar: Wanna come out and play?
    Posts
    1,976
    If you're going on Friday, you can follow me much of the way. I'm on bicycle.

    A few notes.

    Get gas at Akwasasne. Much cheaper than anywhere else.

    There is a shortcut from just after the bridge to just before Paul Smiths. It saves about 5km.
    Turn right on 95, just at the casino. Take it through Bombay, Moira. COntinue straight at the two stop signs (where it is non longer 95) to Dickenson and St Regis Falls, where it becomes 458. This will bring you to Rt 30 aboput 10km North of Paul Smiths. FOr some reason, these roads do not appear on many maps. Maybe that's why a beautiful highway like 458 is so lightly used.

    Also. Rte 30 does a zig-zag about 7-10 miles past Paul Smiths. Don'T be sleeping. Especially on the return trip, where it's easier to miss.

    If you go into Saranac Lake, then take route 3 west, it is only a little bit longer (10 minutes) but you pass some stores where you can get a bite to eat.
    There's no place like 127.0.0.1

Similar Threads

  1. ADK High Peaks 3/7 - 3/9
    By Oldsmores in forum Trips & Events
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 02-21-2008, 02:00 PM
  2. ADK High Peaks Jan 13-14
    By Basecamp in forum Trips & Events
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 01-09-2007, 05:34 PM
  3. My First ADK High Peaks 7/3-4
    By MattC in forum Trip Reports
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 07-11-2005, 07:49 AM
  4. From what non-high peak can you see the most Adk high peaks?
    By steppinwolf in forum Q&A - New England
    Replies: 18
    Last Post: 07-09-2005, 11:23 PM
  5. 1-09-05 ADK high peaks
    By hillman1 in forum Trips & Events
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 01-08-2005, 06:55 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •