Seward is often climbed with Donaldson and Emmons, also located along the same ridge. The combination of the three peaks is a very long day at almost 18 miles and should be started early in the A.M., with expected time of 12+ hours for an experience hiker.
The Calkins Brook herd-path is the primary route to Seward at this point. There is an alternative approach from the north via the Ward Brook Truck Trail, but it used much less and the condition of that herd-path is deteriorating.
For the Calkins Brook herd-path; from the trailhead you will hike along a well-used trail and pass by the horse trail on your right and continue left and come to a second intersection. Take a right along this old woods road and follow here to the Calkins Brook herd-path. The herd-path is marked with a rock cairn, take this left and follow up along the brook. The herd-path will cross the brook on a couple occasions on its steady and somewhat steep course before moving away from the brook and coming to a T-intersection along the ridge with the main herd-path. Take a left here and start a somewhat steep descent into a major col with Donaldson. The trail drops considerably before climbing on a steep course through a narrow draw that can be very slippery and muddy, especially on the descent. You will hike over a false summit with great views to the true summit with obstructed views.
From the intersection of Route 3 and Route 30 in Tupper Lake follow Route 3 toward Saranac Lake. Continue for around 8.5 miles to Corey’s Road which will be on your right. Follow Corey’s Road for 5.5 miles to the trailhead on the right.
Distance Round Trip:
Elevation Gain or Loss:
2600’ Time Round Trip:
Family with Young Kids: Not recommended
Experienced Hiker: 8 to 10 hours
Out of Shape Hiker: Not recommended