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Old 07-25-2017, 12:37 PM   #3
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Clockwise loop option.
Distance: 16 miles Ascent: ~3500 feet
  1. Head east along Blueberry Trail.
  2. Ascend south via Seward Mtn Trail.
  3. Continue south along Seward Ridge Trail over Donaldson to Emmons.
  4. Backtrack over Donaldson and descend west via Calkins Brook Trail.
  5. Continue north along Calkins Brook Truck Trail to close the loop.
  6. Follow Blueberry Trail west back to the parking area.

"T" option.
Distance: 15.8 miles Ascent: ~3700 feet
  1. Head east along Blueberry Trail.
  2. Head south along Calkins Brook Truck Trail.
  3. Ascend east to Donaldson via Calkins Brook Trail.
  4. Continue south over Donaldson to Emmons.
  5. Backtrack north along Seward Ridge Trail all the way to Seward.
  6. Backtrack south to junction and descend west via Calkins Brook Trail.
  7. Turn north along Calkins Brook Truck Trail.
  8. Follow Blueberry Trail west back to the parking area.

I used BRouter to calculate distance and ascent. DISCLAIMER: The actual ascent may very well be higher than what BRouter calculated but the values are useful for comparing one route option to another.

Regarding the Seward Mountain Trail, my preference is to ascend it. The upper third is steep and heavily eroded. I've found it easier to ascend, rather descend, this section.

FWIW, I've hiked the Sewards several times and my 'Personal Best' was set doing the Loop Option (again, ascending the Seward Mtn Trail).


PS
There's also the "Out and Back" option where you ascend via Seward Mountain Trail, continue to Emmons via Seward Ridge Trail, and then backtrack the entire route to the parking area. That's 17.8 miles long and ~3700 feet ascent. Personally, I've never thought it was an attractive option (but lots of people do something very much like it when they camp at Ward Brook Lean-to).

As for water, this has been a wet summer so you're likely to find some in one of the two cols between Donaldson and Seward. In addition, there's a rocky waterfall along the trail on Seward's south side. It can be reduced to a trickle by late summer but I suspect it'll do better than that this year.
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