Mount Emmons

Harrietstown, NY 12986


Overview

Mount Emmons is the 40th-highest of New York's High Peaks, with an elevation of 4,040 ft.

Mount Emmons it he lowest and last peak in the Seward Range and is flanked to the north by Donaldson. 

Mount Emmons was named after Ebenezer Emmons, a geologist who named the Adirondack Mountains and led the first recorded ascent of Mount Marcy in 1837. 

The best way to hike Mount Emmons is to start from the summit of Donaldson, making this trek more isolated than the majority of other high peaks.  So, make sure you have a map, compass, food, water and proper gear.  It's nice to bring a friend as well!

The normal route to Emmons follows the same approach to the other Seward Range Mountains.  This approach is from the west and there will be many lean-tos that are found along the Ward Brook Truck Trail.  

the unmarked trail to Seward Range begins about .2 miles south east of the spot where the trail for Coreys joins the fire truck trail.  Past the bridge, there should be a wall of Seward.  Follow it to the left until you climb up and over to the summit ridge.  It is then about a 15 minute walk up to the summit.  

From the summit of Seward, there will be a well-defined heard-path descending to the south flanks of the western Seward Ridge and then follows a compass line from both peaks across the ridge until the summit of Donaldson is reached. 

After you reach Donaldson, another heard-path forms down to the west side of the ridge between the two mountains until you start to climb the ridge near the top of Emmons. 

The trail to Emmons is very enjoyable with open views of Emmons to the front and Donaldson to the rear. At the summit of Emmons there are great views of all the other High Peaks and a glimpse of the Santanoni Range. 

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