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Old 06-28-2016, 10:16 AM   #1
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Calamity Brook Trail

Looking for info on a day-hike I wanted to take my family on.

Wanted to hike on the trail that follows Calamity Brook (121 in the Adk Mt Club map) into Flowed Lands.

Anybody who give info, times, etc., on this part of the trail would be much appreciated.
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Old 06-28-2016, 12:45 PM   #2
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Pleasant hike, relatively dry, nothing steep, nice, scenic place for a picnic on the shore of Flowed Lands near the leanto. I think the high water bridge is still out? but that isn't an issue as long as you aren't hiking in or immediately after a deluge. Easy rock hop most of the time. 4 miles or so one way (from memory).
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Old 06-28-2016, 01:44 PM   #3
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It's not a hard hike. The trail has been re-routed so that it only crosses Calamity Brook once now (it used to cross 3 times). I can't remember if there is a bridge at the crossing now or not, but in normal conditions, it's not a hazardous crossing.

At 8.6 miles round trip, with just under 1000 feet of elevation gain, a good estimate for time taken to hike in and out would be about 5 hours, not counting time spent at Flowed Lands or on longer breaks along the way. Your mileage may vary on this, though- as usual, an early start is a good idea.

Be sure also not to miss the memorial to David Henderson at Calamity Pond. He was part of a group that was scouting the headwaters of Calamity Brook to see if the Opalescent River could be diverted down the brook to provide water power to the mines in Tahawus, and he accidentally shot himself at the pond (which was later named Calamity Pond in reference to the incident). It's not much of a pond these days, more a marshy wetland.

If you've got time and energy on your way out, the Calamity Cross-over Trail that connects the Calamity Trail with the Indian Pass Trail is a neat trail through some nice hardwood forest that gets very little use. You could also take a side trip over the north shore of Henderson Lake from the Indian Pass Trail as well.
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Old 06-28-2016, 02:08 PM   #4
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During a hike few weeks ago, I collected information about the Calamity Brook Trail (trail-registers, trail route, bridges, campsites, lean-to's, toilets, etc) and then entered it into OpenStreetMap.

I believe the second bridge is out but is only needed during high-water. The low-water crossing is fine.
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Old 06-28-2016, 08:45 PM   #5
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Bark Eater Too: Thanks for the info - that was what I was looking for.

DSettahr: I will definitely take that Calamity Cross-Over trail - appreciate the suggestion.

Trail Boss: The maps were a big help.

Thank you once again gentleman.
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Old 06-30-2016, 11:18 AM   #6
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Just as an FYI, they fixed the high water bridge last August according to the DEC reports. I spoke with the ranger who's son fixed it and he confirmed the repair unless it has been damaged since then. The lower path if you want to skip the bridge is fairly easy to pass.
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Old 06-30-2016, 11:52 AM   #7
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Thanks for the heads-up HoneyBadger.

Appreciate it.
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Old 07-11-2016, 03:37 PM   #8
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We did it Last Oct and it was a great trip. I do not recall any major detours for bridges out.

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Old 07-12-2016, 01:26 PM   #9
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You mentioned a young are your children? I did that with my 12 year old and we stayed on L. Colden. It was a tough day for her and a full pack but as a day hike it would be charming.
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Old 07-18-2016, 01:11 PM   #10
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Will Canoe,

Just got back from the ADKs.

Did not do Calamity Brook Trail; family wanted to hike peaks (Blueberry, Hopkins, Pitchoff).

Next year I will get to Calamity.

All the best.
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Old 07-25-2016, 07:51 AM   #11
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Very good hike. I loved it.
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