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Pharaoh Lake from the South

MODERATE 30 reviews
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Pharaoh Lake from the South is a 6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Brant Lake, New York that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 6.0 miles Elevation Gain: 426 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

forest

lake

views

snow

hiking
13 days ago

Easy mild hike in and great camping area at the lean-to’s. This was a fun overnighter and our dog thoroughly enjoyed being lakefront! Bring tons of mosquito repellant.

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

Just returned from a three night trip. Took the south entrance trail in which was wet and muddy. Both parking lots were busy on Thursday with a number of groups there for fishing. Poles are recommend especially if carrying gear to help with balance and navigating some of the higher water spots. This portion of the trail is wide and well traveled compared to other parts of the park. We stayed in lean-to number 2 which is on the east side of the lake. Very large space with great access to the lake for water.

hiking
3 months ago

From April 6 - Great hike into Pharoah Lake. Some wet spots, ice and snow - microspikes recommended! The boardwalk and bridge crosses are nice - water is high in the creek. Lake is still mostly frozen. Quiet and peaceful day in the woods!

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snow
4 months ago

9 months ago

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.

camping
9 months ago

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.

9 months ago

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.

hiking
10 months ago

We really enjoyed this hike. It was about a mile from the main parking lot to the trailhead then another 3 miles to reach the lean-to on the east side of the lake. The trail was pretty flat and wide in most areas, and not steep. We hiked to the lean-to and had a great view of the lake. A few people were swimming in the beautiful, cool water. It was a lovely fall day, and we saw quite a few hikers. We didn’t go around the lake, as I believe it would add another 6 miles to the hike, but it would be awesome to camp overnight and add the lake loop trail.

hiking
Sunday, May 27, 2018

Great water views on loop, but 3 miles from trailhead to lake. Muddy trail in May.

mountain biking
Thursday, May 24, 2018

I am reviewing the Pharoah Lake info....do they allow mountain bikes on the trails?

backpacking
Sunday, April 22, 2018

I have hiked and camped this trail / lake many times. It's a family favorite. There are several lean-to around the lake. You can overnight in a lean-to, set up a tent or hang your hammock. Bring the kids and the dog or go alone. Fishing is just okay. We've caught several Pumpkinseeds (hand size) and some crayfish. No Lake Trout yet but I'm told they are in the lake. The immediate lake area is well used. Fire wood is difficult to find as the season progresses. You can climb Pharaoh Mountain and get a great view.

hiking
Sunday, January 28, 2018

Couldn’t pass up a 40 degree day in January!! Hiked in from trailhead at Beaver Pond Road. Trail was hard packed snow and some ice, but easy walking with ice grippers. First time hiking the Pharaoh Wilderness area. I will definitely be back for an overnight stay at one of the Pharaoh Lake lean-tos.

camping
Sunday, March 05, 2017

3.5hr hike to lean-to #6 in wintery, very icy conditions.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Please note, when you park your car, you have to walk a mile to get to the trailhead. Also, please don't follow the markers, we did and got lost twice. Other than that, it was a great hike to the lake. It was an easy hike, for the most part.

camping
Wednesday, September 07, 2016

My first genuine camping experience at 23, hiked in on Saturday and left Monday on Labor Day. Beautiful place, great people on the trails. Hope to go again. The lean-to's are in great locations all around the lake.

backpacking
Friday, August 19, 2016

Great hike. Very beautiful.

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