Seward Range Backpacking
Thank you for your interest in an Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) workshop.
Health insurance is required to participate in this program.
This three-day backpacking through the Seward Range (elevations Seward 4,361’; Donaldson 4,140’; Emmons 4,040’; Seymour 4,120’; 27 miles round-trip with 6,350’ of elevation gain) is a cooperative group camping experience with the shared responsibility of camp chores, cooking, and decision making while practicing Leave No Trace skills and ethics. The trip will be led by one or more of ADK’s Education Department staff, who are all NYS Licensed Guides and experienced, professional outdoor educators.
Please plan on meeting in the hamlet of Coreys at the intersection of Route 3 and Coreys Road by 7:30am. Please arrive packed and ready to hike. After caravanning to the trailhead we’ll go through introductions, a trip overview, divvy up group gear, and head out on our journey to our campsite. Throughout the weekend we’ll discuss safe off-trail travel, backcountry skills, and the rich natural and cultural history of the Adirondacks.
Our tentative itinerary is as follows: On Day 1, we’ll hike 1.5 miles from the trailhead to a campsite near the former Seward horse trail. After setting up camp, we’ll hike Seymour and return to base camp for the evening, a total of about 13 miles. On Day 2, we’ll hike Seward, Donaldson, Emmons, and return to base camp via Calkins Brook for a total of 11 strenuous miles. On Day 3, we’ll hike 1.5 miles back to the trailhead and should be out of the woods in the morning.
All group equipment (stoves, fuel bottles, cook sets, water filters, tents, first aid kit, etc.) and meals (Day 1 Dinner through Day 3 Breakfast) will be provided by ADK. Participants are expected to provide their own lunch for Day 1 and their own personal equipment. Personal snacks are allowed, but due to limited bear canister space they should be small in size and high in calories. Hygienic products and other items with a scent (bug spray, sun screen, etc.) should also be small in size and limited in quantity as they must also fit inside the bear canisters. Travel-sized items are great! Please let us know well in advance if you require any equipment.
No prior backpacking experience is necessary, but prior High Peak hiking experience is highly suggested. Good physical condition, proper clothing, and proper equipment are a must.
ADK members receive a 10% discount on programs and lodging. To reserve lodging at the Adirondak Loj, please call the Adirondack Mountain Club at (518) 523-3441 or book online.
If you have any questions about the program please contact Mary Glynn, ADK’s Outdoor Skills Coordinator, at (518) 523-3480 x 111 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to meeting you. Come prepared to learn and to have fun!
Minimum age: 16