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Old 12-09-2020, 09:31 AM   #1
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Seymour Mountain (the other one)

Has anyone here ever made it up the non-High Peaks Seymour Mountain that is located just outside of Lake Placid to the west? I happened to notice it while driving down Averyville Road earlier this year and was intrigued. It looks like it has some exposed rock with the potential for some nice views.

OpenStreet Map shows a number of trails in the vicinity of the peak, with one up to the summit. Presumably these are actually herd paths/unofficial trails as the "official" DEC maps for the SLWF make no mention of any trails in the area. The network of paths actually appears to be fairly extensive- perhaps these are bandit mountain bike trails? Some of the paths shown cross private property- any knowledge of whether these are open to the public? Looks like longer approaches entirely across state land are also possible via the network of paths from near the Chubb River bridge on Averyville Road, or from the railroad tracks not far from the train station in Lake Placid itself.
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Old 12-09-2020, 09:40 AM   #2
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Searching for info on this peak is a challenge as just about all the results are for the High Peaks Seymour- but I did find this:
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Old 12-09-2020, 10:35 AM   #3
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It looks like those trails get some use with the most popular being from Averyville Lane:

I am not familiar with them though
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Old 12-09-2020, 11:21 AM   #4
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We climbed that "little Seymour" from Averyville Lane some years ago.

We bushwhacked a relatively straight line from Averyville Lane staying on State Land the whole way. We found VERY faint traces of a path along our route; there was a network of more substantial paths right near the little peak, and up to the top.

It was a pretty easy trip through open woods, with or without paths.

None of the paths shown on OSM were apparent to us some years ago; maybe they have developed since then?

I see the LakePlacid hiker used the route 86 forest road and the railroad; that works too, but is somewhat longer.

Of note the route used by Strava hikers crosses private land. Perhaps one of the private landowners is allowing hikers to use their driveway? Or possibly one of the private landowners is a Strava user, and frequently hikes the peak right out their backdoor, hence the "heat map" trace?

Regardless, it's an easy trip to a nice little mountain with views.
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Here is the map from GaiaGPS, with the property lines shown. The line running through the summit separates two NYS properties (probably separate purchases).
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Old 12-10-2020, 10:14 AM   #6
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Thanks everyone. Sounds like this peak is worth a visit at some point, and based on the Strava heat map, access is not likely to be overly difficult even via one of the longer approaches entirely on state land (without risk of trespassing).

Sort of seems like a lost opportunity in a way for when the NPT was re-routed- they could've kept the old route to the end of Averyville Road, then constructed a new trail continuation to LP to the north, over the summit of Seymour Mountain. This would've allowed for NOBO thru-hikes to end with a bang, with a solid High Peaks view on the last day.

Instead we got the long, bland green tunnel that is the current final 7 miles or so.
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