The largest and most frequently climbed in its range, Seward Mountain is number twenty four of the 46 high peaks. It marks the beginning of the most remote of the major peaks. It is commonly climbed with Donaldson and Emmons.
Seward was named for the governor of New York, William Henry Seward, who founded the Republican Party and was Lincoln’s Secretary of State. There is no maintained paths, and herdpaths must be used to climb this mountain, which makes it (and the other two in its range) one of the more difficult climbs of the 46 peaks. However, the paths are well defined from semi-frequent foot traffic and are not too difficult to follow.
This range has a very dry micro climate. Be sure to carry in water! Because there are no official paths it’s also recommended that you bring a map and a compass, or hire a guide. Some paths cross over private land, so be sure to respect private property. Refrain from hunting, fishing, and camping, stick to the trail and keep all pets on a leash. If you are hiking during hunting season (late October to late December) make sure you’re wearing bright colors, and don’t be too alarmed by gun shots and people with guns.
This trail is not especially beautiful and the view from the summit is not noteworthy. However, the Seward range is significantly less crowded than any of the other high peaks. The views from Donaldson and Emmons are also quite lovely, so if you plan to climb all three, you will get some great views in.
There are two methods of approach to climb Seward. The primary trailhead can be found in Tupper Lake on Corey’s Rd. about 5.5 miles from Rte 3.
This will take you over Donaldson, along the Calkins Brook path. Once you summit Donaldson, Seward is to the left, about 1.0 mile further. There will be a short descent from Donaldson’s summit, followed by a very steep climb up to a small knob. Another descent and rapid climb will bring you to the ridge on Seward. While there are not spectacular views from the actual summit, there are some very pretty views just before you reach the top. This route is about 12 miles round trip.
The second approach uses the same trailhead. The path is quite steep and very eroded in some parts. It is much less used than the other path, and as such is not at all maintained. Walk along the well used trail from the parking area for 4.5 miles. You will come to the Ward Brook Truck Trail. This will take you over rolling hills which may be wet and muddy. The herdpath on the right after you pass the first brook, not long after you start on the Truck Trail. The herdpath begins with a very moderate incline, but steadily becomes much steeper, and eroded. Just before the summit you will find some very nice views, as well as just beyond. This route is 13.6 miles round trip.