Yesterday was sunny and beautiful, so I decided to take the day off from work to spend it with Seymour. After a long ride to Tupper Lake and a bumpy journey down Coreys Road, I signed the trail register at 7:30 a.m. and was on my way. I’d been looking forward to hiking this one solo for awhile. I love hiking with other people, but sometimes it’s nice to move at your own pace and enjoy the solitude of the woods.
About 25 minutes in I realized I’d forgotten both my gaiters and my pole in the trunk. I couldn’t justify wasting all that time by turning around, so I kept moving forward. Though there was less mud and water than the last time I was in the Sewards, the trails are still pretty messy. The gaiters would have been nice, and the pole might have come in handy for testing muck depth. I took a boot-soaking misstep at the beginning of the Seymour herd path and caught the same spot on the way down, even though I had been carefully looking to avoid it.
The Ward Brook truck trail is a mostly flat walk in, pretty at this time of year with the leaves just starting to change colors. It’s a 5 mile walk in to the cairn marking the start of the Seymour herd path, just beyond the Ward Brook lean-to. The Blueberry lean-to is encountered first, at about 3.5 miles. Between the two shelters is the cairn that marks the path to Seward. I met someone near the Seymour summit who had been attempting to hike Seward but took the wrong path. He was making the most of it and enjoying the day.
I thought the Seymour slide was a lot of fun! I had been nervous about it, not knowing exactly what to expect. It’s definitely steep and challenging in some spots, but is also totally doable. I used my arms more on this hike than any other, I think. It seemed to go on forever on the way up, and seemed shorter on the way down – I guess I might have been moving a little more confidently, being that I’d already worked through the challenges. I liked Seymour’s summit; it’s wooded, but open with a ridge-line feel to it. The view from the overlook a little walk away is a must-see. I stayed up top for about a half hour, and probably would have stayed longer if not for the impending 3-hour drive home on a school night.
I signed out a little before 6pm, after a peaceful day. With the exception of my painfully blistered feet, I really enjoyed every minute of it.