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Old 04-10-2018, 10:57 PM   #1
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Long Lake to Newcomb Lake

About 15 years ago I did a 3 day trip from Long Lake(parking on 28N) to Newcomb Lake and then out to 28N. The trail that cut over from the NPT to Newcomb Lake was in good shape but didn't look like it got much use. Anyone know the condition of that section of trail ? Is it still maintained ? I'm thinking of doing that hike again next month.
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Old 04-11-2018, 08:32 AM   #2
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That trail from Shattuck Clearing to Newcomb Lake and the one along the east side of the Cold River toward Duck Hole have not received much maintenance recently. Some have likened them to herd paths. The DEC did try a major "blitz" last May to open the trail on the east side of the Cold River, but the crew made not even a mile going south from Duck Hole. Apparently the same approach (fly in to Duck Hole, cut their way out to Newcomb) will be tried again next month, but I wouldn't count on this effort getting to the section you plan to use. If you still do go, please post a report.
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Old 04-11-2018, 09:01 PM   #3
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I hiked it in 2010, so not super recently but more recently than your previous trip. At the time, the only spot where it got tricky in terms of route finding was between Calahan Brook and the junction with the horse trail on the south side of the Cold River. The tread along this stretch simply wasn't very obvious, and the absence of markers forced us to pay close attention and pick the path carefully. Other stretches were brushy in spots but the old road bed was always pretty obvious elsewhere, just not on this particular section.

I did hike the stretch between the Moose Pond Stream Lean-tos and Shattuck Clearing last summer while circumnavigating the Seward Range via the horse trail. This portion of the trail was in decent shape- again, brushy in spots, but no major sections of horrendous blow down, and the tread was easy to follow.

If you're planning on hiking to Newcome Lake specifically (and not directly to the trailhead by Harris Lake), I've heard that the trail that crosses the inlet on the west end of the lake gets pretty wet in spots. I can't confirm this, as I've only hiked the trail that swings around the north side of the lake (and bypasses this inlet).
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