Franklin County Seward Mountain

Saranac Lake, New York 12983

Franklin County Seward Mountain

Franklin County: Seward Mountain Professional Review and Guide

"The first Adirondack peak I traversed was where the notion of the great Adirondack Park—the nation's biggest state park—was first conceived in 1870. Verplanck Colvin stood atop Seward Mountain, surveyed the surrounding High Peaks and began his campaign to preserve this splendid wilderness. Colvin's ascent was the first recorded climb of Seward, though others may have beaten him to the top. It is unlikely that too many came this way before him, however. This was never a popular place to visit. An average of one hiker a year submitted this trailless peak for 80 years until the hurricane of 1950 hit the Adirondacks and halted that already slow pace in its herd-path tracks. The only reason thousands have hiked Seward in recent years is in pursuit of membership in the Adirondack Forty-Sixers' club, a group of people who have climbed the 46 peaks originally thought to have measured more than 4,000 feet. (In actuality, there are 42 mountains over 4,000 feet tall.)"

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Trail Information

Saranac Lake
Nearby City
2,571 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
2 days
USGS Santanoni
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Sep 2018