Mount Emmons

Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing

The herd-path is very remote and some of the most difficult in the Adirondack Park. Emmons is often climbed with Donaldson and Seward, 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.

To get to Emmons you need to follow Calkins Brook herd-path and snowshoe over Donaldson. Please see the page on Donaldson for details on getting to Donaldson.  From the summit of Donaldson you will snowshoe along the tight corridor of heavy snow along a flat summit. The drop into the col is quite steep and slippery in areas. The climb is more along the moderate side. You will have to re-climb Donaldson to get back to the parking area.   


4039 feet


210’ descent followed by 150’ ascent, to be reversed on the return trip (Donaldson to Emmons and back)

Distance Round Trip:

1.0 miles from Donaldson to Emmons

Approximate Time Round Trip:

Families with Kids:    Not recommended

Experienced Snowshoers:    10+ hours

Out of Shape Snowshoers: Not recommended

Trailhead Location:

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 left. Follow Corey’s Road for 5.5 miles to the trailhead on the right. The road to the summer trailhead may not be plowed or passable requiring the user to park at the Raquette Falls Trailhead, roughly 3.5 miles further from the Seward Trail.

Difficulty: 1=easiest, 5=hardest

Five: This is one of the more difficult mountains in the Tupper Lake Region.

Additional Important Information:

This Adirondack 46 High Peak is number 40 on the list.

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