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Went snowshoeing 1/12/19 after 8-10” fresh snow on unbroken trail. Absolutely wonderful trail with many ups n downs, really well marked, spectacular views on an azure blue pristine ice cold day! Temps started at 5* and ended at 13*. Highly recommend this trail for folks of moderate fitness. We are all in our 50’s and it was a good workout. Very good trail!

hiking
11 days ago

Was a beautiful January day lots of snow on the ground , very icy . Was up hill most of the way but was a short way in , had two cute little foot bridges and was
very wooded trail . Lead to a beautiful pond . Well worth the trip !

hiking
11 days ago

Nice views, nice workout. Micro spikes needed as of 1/6, ice underneath a few inches of snow for most of the trail.

Great little hike after a morning of skiing Gore. Did the up and back from the west side parking. So much flow ice bring micros. Even so we slipped a lot due to lack of snow and leaves getting caught in the micros. Fantastic view of town and Hickory.

Hiked this trail this afternoon ... little icy early on and a bit muddy with ice under leaves made the trek to the top a bit trickier. Nice view

did this back in October with me and the dog. definitely moderate except for like two spots that were super muddy and slippery. talked to a trail maintenance guy up top and said they arent allowed to do any major work on half of the trail because it flows between private and NYS lands I believe? amazing views up top and not busy at all, just be careful of the mud! ALSO I lost my car key up top (a spare, little black key attached to nothing) so if anyone finds that, enjoy : )

Hiked this on 12/12/2018. Nice hike exactly as advertised in the above description. Trail was well broken in so micro's were the only need. Nice sunny day relatively warm (30s). Woods were very quiet. Lots of deer track in the trail. Nice of us humans to break the trail out for them! Snow got a little soft from the pre-summit to the very top. Great views of Gore in the distance.

hiking
2 months ago

Great small hike. 700ft in 1.2miles up gets your heart pumping. Probably 4-6inches of snow and icy conditions but doable in hiking boots. Some had mirospikes on that helped in the icy areas. Awesome views of Schroon Lake.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike through the forest. There’s a water fall toward the beginning. Followed the tan markers until we hit State land then we followed the neon ribbons. We got a little turned around on the way back down. Can get a little confusing. The view at the top was amazing. Definitely worth the hike. I would agree with it being a moderate difficulty level.

Has a nice waterfall and a great view at the top. Someone stacked rocks along the way as well, very cool. Not a lot of traffic either, so it was a peaceful and enjoyable day out.

hiking
2 months ago

2hr total hike for me and my 9 year-old husky mix. A bit muddy and slippery in spots, but not bad. There was a nice payoff at the top and only three cars in the parking lot at the trailhead.

A nice easy hike with some lovely views. The climb was not difficult and I enjoyed several small creeks on the walk.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful day for hiking. There are tan trail markers on the lower section and the state land is ribbons. Definitely need to pay attention to them as you can easily go off trail. Halfway there will be rock scrambling and with the fallen leaves it was slippery. Great hike, properly rated as moderate. 3.2 RT about 1100 feet of elevation.

Hiked in from gate on 10/30/18. 3 miles to 4 Corners and to the right to the ponds. We were the only ones in except the forest ranger who stopped to give us an overview and update of plans and progress. The hike was easy as it follows the road.
There was snow on the landscape and it was a bit cloudy, but it started to clear so we had a superb view of Marcy, Gothics, Saddleback, Haystack,.. from the second pond. DEC is doing some work for a parking lot just before the split to the second pond and former lodge; the only muddy spot! Moose tracks there were very noticeable. Once all trails are in, this will be a Mecca!

I had a low-clearance car, so I couldn’t drive to the true trailhead, so a lot of boring walking on a dirt road for a stretch. Hike itself is pleasant enough once you get to the hill. The granite towards the top was dry when I did this, which definitely made it a lot less treacherous. Decent view at the top. Did the whole thing in a little over 3 hours - this trail is low-moderate at most. Wouldn’t do again, honestly, but if you’re in the area and have a few hours to kill, there are worse things to spend your time doing.

Great easy hike in the fall, beautiful view of lake from watch rock lean to. It was 9.6 miles from the parking lot and back, but very easy hiking.

hiking
3 months ago

I had hiked Pharaoh as a child so I was a little nostalgic in my idea of what I remembered. It was an overcast, drizzly day and when a black cat crossed our path on Crane Pond Road driving in I should have known something was up. We parked at the end of Crane Pond Road and walked the road in. We got to almost the end when we encountered a very large impassable swampy area. At the time we didn't know there was a way around it via a trail off to the side. Just then a pick up came by, black cat my arse.. We hopped in the back and voila we were on the way up Pharaoh. The trail was very wet and extremely rocky, but we persevered. Then near the top, it got very rocky and we lost the trail. My husband fell on his hip, and then I fell and slid down a large boulder. We decided, ok... I decided ,to go back. We made it down ok but couldn't find that elusive trail around the small pond in the road. My husband decided to try and play Jesus by walking on the side where the reeds and grass are. Nope, too deep. Good thing because no way was I attempting that. We turned around and there was the side trail not 50 feet from where we were. You couldn't see the trail head sign walking out , only walking in.
Disappointed that we didn't summit, but you can't mess with a black cat crossing your path after all.

Hiked this today and it was a great little hike, got to the top in about 50 minutes at a brisk pace, got down in about 35-40. The trail starts out very easy and is clearly marked with tan discs. When you get closer to the top it’s marked with different colored ribbons and it can be a little easy to go off trail if you’re not paying attention. The trail gets pretty rocky and steep towards the top which can be challenging in the wet areas. I would definitely agree with the moderate rating. The views were amazing considering it was a shorter hike!

Beautiful hike even in the rain. Stayed at the watch rock lean-to on the west side which had amazing views. The last 1.2 miles had the most inclines compared the the east side which had very little (at least to lean-to #2). Many furry friends looking for food at night so make sure all of your food is somewhere safe. It felt like the trail signs marking the mileage was a little off. There was also a canoe, row boat and a raft left at a few sites for anyone to use, I would be careful because I did notice some patches. Can’t wait to do it again sometime.

backpacking
3 months ago

Hiked on 10/13 and DEC has put in a few extra launches for canoes and kayaks with bathrooms. Hopefully they won’t keep adding as more and more people are visiting and littering. All in all, it’s an awesome place and by far the most secluded place I’ve found in the peaks. Plenty of loons and otters to see from time to time!

this is a super late review.. first off I would like to say if you are hiking with a dog take the long way up and down. the short way is steep with huge, slippery boulders, very challenging with a dog (this trail is on-leash). Otherwise I thought it was a nice hike, a little challenging closer to the top. Super neat views, weather was great with some rain sprinkles

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked up today. A fun little trail. Lower part is marked with tan discs, but once the trail crosses over to state land the "markers" are colorful ribbons. The are easy to spot and they are very frequent - plus the train is worn enough that it is easy to follow. I can't comment on any views because all I saw was fog and clouds. But nevertheless, a very nice hike!

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked with my son on 9/11. Nice hike. The trail is “odd” since the lower portion is being changed for school kids and possibly horseback riding. It has been widened and gravel covered. The trail markers are a series of different colored ribbons. Rewarding views at the top.

other than the poorly marked trails. (only saw one marker) it is a great hike compared to the other trail. hiked up it last night in the dark to camp out up at the top.

hiking
3 months ago

NIce family hike with 4 good stop points along the way with views. It's got so many level and downhill stretches that you wonder how you will ever ascend the 1338 feet quoted. Great for dogs, even short legged ones - no scrambles or ladders or obstacles... and easy and beautiful trail. 3 stars because I try to use the entire star range in reviews.. too many trails rated 4 or 5 so that the rating becomes meaningless. It's a very nice hike with 180degree SE to NW views of hills and Gore Mountain... great color today.

Hiked this trail today with my two dogs and a good friend. As you get to the parking lot there is no large sign or anything saying that the lot is for Potash trailhead, but the directions tell you that it is the right spot. As you go up the trail, make sure to pay attention to the markers, especially as you get further up, since the trail becomes less clear cut. Also as you get towards the last 1/3 of the hike it gets pretty steep and rocky. Today we had the added bonus of the trail being a little muddy and slippery, so just be careful. Once you get to the top though, it is absolutely stunning. This hike is well worth it and doesn’t take very long.

Just got home after hiking it. It was great! We haven't hiked in a long time, and we have a 4-months-old puppy that we want to go with us, but we didn't want her to get discouraged. Beautiful walk (because it was flat all the way), around 8-9 miles round trip, not too crowded, loaded with mushrooms, if you know what to pick. We loved it!!! Lean-tos were occupied by people camping, but we sat by the lake, our older dog loved swimming, our daughter fed the fish, it was beautiful!!! Highly recommended for a family long walk or a camping adventure.

Hiked this very shady trail this morning. 5.4 miles as expected, nice views at the summit. Even though the trail showed signs of heavy rain yesterday, the footing was great. We only saw 3 people and one dog during our trip. We were out and back in under 2 hours.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike with gorgeous views. Only saw a couple of people on the trail. My dog and I had a wonderful time

hiking
3 months ago

Good hike. Easy enough even for my 7 and 9 year old. Nice views at the top.

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