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Great climb, although no view on a cloudy day.

Great view at the end

Nicest little mountain I have walked up in ages. On a beautiful day, with sun shining, plan to just sit and enjoy a snack or a lunch. It was almost too bad that we had to move on.

Great hike with a mix of terrain: mossy, dirt trails in open forest of spruce and birch at the base, ridge with beautiful views of Cascade mountain, river and falls, and some moderate rock scrambling through glacial erratics. It had just finished raining before starting the hike so a few very isolated areas of mud and a bit slippery, but not really an issue with our large group of 8 preteens/teens. A little over 3 hours round trip, with breaks to take in views and lunch at the top. Highly recommend and would definitely consider doing it again.

Great hike. Perfect day for it. All 3 falls were rushing. Trail was easy to follow. Bugs did swarm if you stopped moving but it's that time of year.

Nice parking area with a little outhouse, trails are well marked ,scenery was great ,total was 5.5 miles

Great workout! And the most beautiful view you can dream of on the top!
I came before lunch and was all alone on the top.
On my way down in the afternoon I meet almost 15 people on there way op!
I prefer being all alone op there. It is a great experience.

hike was amazing micro spikes not needed, way more scenic and enjoyable then the regular in out loop. views from algonquin are breathtaking, and avalanche pass is gorgeous.

Great hike with beautiful 360 view at the top. It doesn't seem to be used all that often and we had the top of the mountain to ourselves for an hour. extremely easy but beautiful stroll through the woods for the first half of the hike but then very steep hiking and scrambling towards the top. decently muddy but could be avoided. a little ice and snow but could also be avoided. Beware that dogs are allowed but if your dog is not an avid hiker you very well may need to carry them up certain points.

Tough hike, but the 360 degree view is well worth it. Pretty easy at the beginning, but it quickly gets rough near the summit with lots of rock scrambling and ice.

love this trail

We did the ‘new trail’ today, which is 2.5 mIles of well marked, well maintained trail. If you are in great shape, this hike will be a breeze. I am not, so it was a challenge but not at all unpleasant. Hardwood and mixed forest, bubbling brooks and beaver dams galore. A good combination of relatively flat walking and steep sections with great views once you get some height. Mostly open summit with wide open views to Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks. We happened to be there at the same time as a couple of friends of Poke-o-moonshine and they allowed us up into the fire tower cabin. So thrilling!
Highly recommend this delightful 5 mike round trip hike!

Good trail. Marked really well except for the detour around mile 1.5. Beaver dam covers the trail with an instant pond. Missed the corrected turn before the wash out, and ended up trekking through the backcountry then circling around. Otherwise, great trail.

Beautiful trail in the spring

Great afternoon easy hike. Terrific views from the firetower.

Mostly flat, well maintained trail. Lost Pond looks like it's very suitable habitat for trout.

Easy trail for the hole family. Trail is about 3 miles out and back.

Pharaoh Lake Wilderness has an extensive trail system to many beautiful ponds and lakes. The Pharaoh Mountain Trail gives you the opportunity to get a mountain view after exploring all the lakes.

A word of caution about a descent on the north side after a rain: the exposed rock on the trail the first 1/4 mile or so from the summit can be extremely slippery. In the last five years hiking extensively in the Adirondacks—including some difficult exposed rock areas in the High Peaks—I’ve only taken two falls and both were on that stretch just below the summit of Pharaoh Mountain while descending.

Despite the falls, I still climb the mountain, but now climb the north side and descend the south side, or go there and back from the south side.

There are very nice designated camping spots on the summit if you want to haul water up.

Glidden Marsh is a nice side trip, and the trail south of the summit puts you on the northwest side of Pharaoh Lake, which is the less over-used side.

I love this wilderness area!

backpacking
10 days ago

Great season hike! Slightly muddy, very steep in places I recommend spikes. Fire tower view is amazing especially to the southeast.

hiking
11 days ago

I did this hike with my friend last weekend. I think the mile markers are incorrect. says .9 to the first falls, and 2.1 to the second and third falls. we stayed on the marked trail the entire time, put 8 miles on my fit bit, and never made it to the 2nd or third falls. I would do it again. hoping to make it to the other two falls. the first falls were quite lovely. might be too strenuous for younger children.

great hike

hiking
12 days ago

Hiked 5/8/18. I’m glad my gf and I got this fire tower off our list #15. I will never do this trail again , it kicked our ass! The first bridge was cool and then ran into a dead end once at the water. Bridge leading across was washed up about 50 yards, thankfully found detour to continue. Ran into a few run down cabins and then it became difficult with many rocks and very steep. Once we got to the Fire tower the views were stunning. I’ll rate a 5 but I recommend a lot of patience and mental positivity for this trail!

At the top now over looking amazing views! Hike was fairly easy the first 2 Miles. Started to climb last mile with lots of rocks and mixture of mud/water. 14th fire tower in the books. Definitely one of my favorites! Fire tower is open .

good hike with decent views from the fire tower.

birding
15 days ago

This was my second time here. I love this trail! This time we found a lookout that offered a much better view than the lookout ledge. Great time!

birding
16 days ago

The trail is a creek right now. Rather than walk on the edge and create erosion, we did quite a bit of bushwhacking along the ledges on the way up and down. It ended up being a lot of fun! We found a bunch of interesting things!

Such an amazing view from all points of the summit. Steeper at the last 3/4 miles but a beautiful trail- lots of small streams. Still a lot of ice at this time of year but no people- we had the top all to ourselves :)

hiking
16 days ago

The fire tower views are nice, but as others have noted the cabin is locked and it doesn't feel terribly secure without fencing around the tower platforms. The walk to the tower is pleasant enough on a nice early summer day, but not very interesting on its own.

Absolutely beautiful day out. Low 80’s and all sun. Pretty groomed trail with lots of trees down. No snow. Really forestry at the summit not like other fire tower mountains. Fire tower was tall and closed. Views were amazing . 2 hours round trip!

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