Millers Falls via Cold River lean-to spur and Calkins Brook Truck Trail
based on 4 tracks & routes High Peaks Wilderness #53 hike out of 577 in
15 hrs 43 min
This is a moderate one way trail in High Peaks Wilderness.
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Cold River/Seward Loop
When: 7/17/20 to 7/19/20 Distance: 29.2 miles with +2839 gain Conditions: rain night before and morning of Day 1; dry Day 2 and 3; daytime temps 75-90; nighttime temps low 60s. Overview: camped the night before at Meadowbrook public campground as the trail head is long drive in on dirt roads. Seward trailhead can fill up early on nice days. We hiked this loop counter clockwise which was better. Blueberry and Ward Brook lean tos and campsites were busy with peak baggers. Water is plentiful, especially along Cold River. Cal Topo map with GPX file available here: https://caltopo.com/m/6PH5 Report: Day 1 - started hiking around 9:00 am. Wet, muddy, and overgrown along much of the Calkins Brook Truck Trail. Start with +450 then slow decline to Calkins Brook LTO for lunch. The LTO was buggy and surrounded by tall grass. +350 after lunch and made camp at Cold River #3 LTO (incorrectly labeled Cold River #4 on Gaia Topo)- best campsite by far! There is also a large campsite west when you get to the junction at Cold River. Good back up spot if Cold River #3 and #4 LTOs are busy. Trail between the junction and Cold Rive #3 LTO was blocked by beaver activity for 100m or so, but passable. 11 miles total. Day 2 - 8:00 am start. Dry and followed the NPT for 9 miles. Steady incline the whole way, but trail was much easier to follow along the NPT. Stopped at Ouluska LTO for lunch and dip in the Cold River. After turning onto the Ward Brook Truck Trail leaving the NPT there was a flooded marsh that required fording in calf deep water for ~100m. Made camp at Number Four #2 LTO which is next to a small creek. 12.6 miles total. Day 3: 9:00 am start. Dry, 6 mile mostly slow descent back to the trailhead. This section gets the most foot traffic from day hikers and the trail was muddy for 2 miles or so. No full lunch stop and finished around 12:00 Gear Notes: should bring footwear that can get wet. Bugs were relentless.