Monday, July 30, 2012

SEYMOUR MTN ADK 46'ER (The "High Peaks Intercom" Hike)

I headed out for a solo hike of Seymour Mtn in the Western High Peaks, I arrived at the Seward Range Trailhead and headed out. I mad quick time as the approach to the mountain is a long hike over fairly level terrain. I passed a group of campers at Blueberry Lean-To before I came to the Ward Brook Trail. I took that past the Ward Brook Lean-To to the start of the Seymour Herdpath. The Herdpath was easy to follow but was steep. I reached the summit fairly quickly and headed back over to the nearby viewpoint for lunch. The weather was fantastic. I took the opportunity to call "mountain intercom" my friend Tracy who was hiking in the MacIntyre Range with her daughter. They were having a good hike and she wished me a good hike. I took a bunch of photos and enjoyed the nice weather.

Seymour Summit Marker

View South from Seymour Summit Area

 Flower at Seymour Summit

At the Overlook Ledge near Seymour's Summit

View from Seymour Ledge

I headed down and ran into a few hikers ascending, we chatted and then I was off. I checked out the slide that runs along near the herdpath.


Seymour Herdpath

Slide near the Seymour Herdpath

Amanita Mushroom

Back down at Ward Brook Lean-To I picked up some stuff I had stashed on the way in and had a snack. The long hike back to the car was made pleasant by the nice weather. I passed the Blueberry Lean-To and  also spotted a few interesting trees on my walk out.

Ward Brook Lean-To

Southern End of Ward Brook Trail

Trail back to Santanoni Parking PA

Blueberry Lean-To

An interesting gnarled tree

Tree growing on a boulder

On the way out I stopped by Stony Creek Ponds for a kayak. I launched and checked out some cardinal flowers and saw some ducks. I swam a bit and hung out on shore. I was treated to watching a loon diving for a while as well. It was a pleasant paddle and a good addition to the day.

Fallen Birches and Cardinal Flowers in Stony Creek Ponds

Cardinal Flower

Marsh Flowers

Relaxing in the Noodle Chair 
(Note: I did see leeches in the pond)


Loon showcasing it's camouflage

A nice quiet spot

I stopped to photograph Simon Pond in Tupper Lake, which was a really nice scene. I made a couple other photo stops along the way to break up the long drive home.

Simon Pond -Tupper Lake

Rock Island Bay - Tupper Lake

Grampus Lake Outlet - Long Lake

High Peaks Overlook - Newcomb

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