Seward Mountain peak is situated on the Seward Mountain range within Franklin County New York at 4361’ elevation. The range is oriented in a north/south direction, within the western Adirondack Mountains. It is about 7 miles south of route 3 between Tupper Lake and Saranac Lake.
Seward Mountain is not popular as other sections of the Adirondacks. Nearby Seward’s peak there are three other peaks over 4,000 feet, on the list of 46 Adirondack Mountains high peaks. Just south of the Seward Peak on the range is Mount Donaldson, 4140’, and Mount Emmons, at 4040’ elevation. East of Seward Mountain over Ouluska Pass at 3100’ elevation is Seymour Mountain at 4120’.
There are no designated trails to these peaks. The most practical approaches are from the west or north. South of Upper Saranac Lake and Middle Saranac Lake from route 3 traveling south is Coreys Road west of Stony Creek Ponds.
A viable route is a trail starting on Coreys Road heading east, to Ward Brook, north of Seward Mountain. There are several lean-to sites at Blueberry Pond, Ward Brook and later at Duck Hole. The lean-tos northeast of Seward Mountain, provide a base camp to ascend to the peaks.
Seward Mountain was named to honor William H. Seward (1801–1872), Governor of New York (1839–1842), and United States Secretary of State (1861–1869). He was known for several events over his lifetime. An attempt was made to assassinate Seward the same night Abraham Lincoln was shot. He survived but serious injuries to his face and neck caused severe lasting scars.
Through Seward’s efforts as Secretary of State Alaska’s 586,412 acres were purchased from Russia at 2¢ per acre for $7,200,000. When asked his greatest accomplishment he replied, “The purchase of Alaska—but it will take the people a generation to find it out”. The public mocked the acquisition of Alaska calling it Seward’s Folly.
Tupper Lake is, a 4-½ hour drive, 250 miles north east of Rochester, New York. The town borders Tupper Lake within the Adirondack region with a population of 6,137.
The Village of Saranac Lake is east of Tupper Lake on route 3 with a population of 5,041. It is seven miles west of Lake Placid, within the Adirondack Park. The village was selected as the best small town in New York State and rated 11th in the 100 best Small Towns in the United States.
Garry Trudeau, the cartoonist of Doonesbury comic fame was raised in the village. Famous celebrities have visited The Village of Saranac Lake. President Calvin Coolidge and Entertainer Al Jolson were visitors in the 1920’s.
At the height of his fame in 1901, Mark Twain vacationed in the village. Beginning in 1936 Albert Einstein had a summer home in the village. The writer Robert Louis Stevenson owned a cottage in the village that is open to the public.
This area of the Adirondack Park has the magnificence of the park without the large crowds that occupy other sections.