Some more hazy views.
Ampersand Lake and Ampersand Mountain can be spotted far below.
There is one very steep drop off of Seward Mountain, where you must watch your footing.
A nice look at the ridge line along Mount Emmons and Donaldson.
After a steep drop into the col, we headed back up and soon arrived at the 4040 foot summit of Mount Emmons, my 16th High Peak.
Mud, mud...and then some more mud.
We headed back down off Emmons and back up Donaldson, dropping down the north side to the Calkins Brook Herd Path. From the start of the herd path is an amazing view north of Seward Mountain.
We dropped back off the Calkins Brook Herd Path, which was much more gradual and less muddy than the Ward Brook Herd Path. It was about 3 miles down to the horse trail. From there we decided to hike the mostly level trail back to our camp at Ward Brook Lean To, but instead of camping for the night, we headed back out to the car. We needed headlamps for the last few miles but we were pretty exhausted from the long day and all happy to get back to the car. Mileage for the day was about 24 miles RT.