Alpine Peaks in the distance
Next, we head back to Donaldson, grab our packs, and have a bite of lunch. We decide at this point to go for Seward as well (as it is still relatively early - before 1pm). We bring our packs a little ways down to just beyond the Calkins herdpath junction, and stash them again, and we're off to Seward.
The track to Seward is a bit less well-defined than the one to Emmons. Several tracks wind around, and there's some genuine bushwacking here and there. But Pin-Pin's tracks always eventually veer back to the proper herd-path, and overall we make excellent time, reaching the summit of Seward at about 2pm. The views are still excellent, the weather is still great, and we are glad to have managed to so easy get 3 tough winter 46er peaks!
Seward and Impatient Jenn
The way back is quick, the way down the excellent Calkins Brook herdpath is quick (if only some of the maintained trails could be this easy!!). It takes us only a little over 2 hours and a half to get from the top of the Calkins Brook herdpath all the way back to the car, reaching the parking lot at dusk.
In the parking lot we meet two friendly folks: One guy, Scott, finishing off his winter 46ers (congrats), and the other Phil, treasurer of the Adirondack 46ers. we talk a little bit about the folks we know in common, and about the amazing Pin-Pin. The winter adirondack hiking group is a tight-knit little community! Nice to meet you guys!
Well, that's about it for this writeup. What can I say? As much as last week went awry, today was perfect - fast, nice conditions, met some great people, and three new winter 46er peaks for me and Jenn. Bye for now!
Interactive trackmap with photo points - click map to expand
* : +/- 75 feet
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* : +/- 75 feet