Pharoah Mountain Trail is a 9.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Schroon Lake, New York that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
9.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,870 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

fishing

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

scramble

Nice trail, moderate for most of the hike, but does get very steep toward the summit. A short climb up a nice mountain in the southern Adirondacks with great views over a lake with the same name. This approach from Crane Pond is less steep then the eastern side one from Pharaoh Lake. From the top you will have great views in every direction over the vast Pharaoh Lake wilderness. This is a great hike for every season.

hiking
1 month ago

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.

hiking
1 month 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.

backpacking
3 months ago

trail was nice didn't seem well traveled though plenty of sticks and leaves on trail still. suprizingly very few bugs but it was 85 degrees top is steep and Rocky and when wet very slippery great view from the top worth the pain

hiking
3 months ago

We drove up the access road - quite rough, but doable with our big SUV. Would hesitate to drive up with smaller vehicle. Beautiful walk up, steep and very slippery for the last stretch. Great views! Slippery on the way down too. Careful walking slowed us down, but a great hike overall.

hiking
3 months ago

After reading reviews on this and other sites - I was afraid to drive the 2.6 mile Moose Pond road to the trailhead. In the end I decided to drive it, and I'm glad - the road was fine. In my opinion you can drive it in almost any vehicle, just take it slow. There are so many worse trailhead roads than this. Great hike, beautiful views.

hiking
4 months ago

Hiked up in the dark watched the sunrise . Deer flies were horrible . Other then that a nice hike with good views for the amount of effort you put in

hiking
4 months ago

Pharaoh was challenging but so fun! Great views from beginning to end. When we went it was nice & dry but it would be a lot trickier when wet - it gets marshy at the bottom and the rocks at the top get slippery.

hiking
4 months ago

Lots of mosquitos, will try and eat you alive if you slow down too much. Lots of mud at the start. Make sure you're OK with having wet socks for the day if your shoes aren't waterproof. Only saw a handful of hikers all day, and one group camping near Crane Pond. It can also be quite slippery, so watch your steps!

backpacking
5 months ago

Did it this weekend however, went straight to one of the camp sites beside Pharaoh lake for the night. It was a warm and humid day plus we were carrying 80L packs which added to the struggle. I expected more eroded tree roots with lots of ups and downs but I remember doing at least 3 steady long steep climbs. As you get closer to the summit(s), it gets more rocky and the surfaces tend to get lethally slick and slippery when wet!
The summit and lake views were AMAZING!!!!
Drank filtered/boiled water from the streams and the lake, we were all fine afterwards.
Make sure to bring your bug spray as the insects especially the mosquitos were relentless.
We saw 2 turtle corpses which was fitting as we were within PHARAOH Wilderness.
Pharaoh Mtn trail to Pharaoh lake camp- ~10 mi;
Camp to Crane Pond via Glidden Marsh - ~9 mi.

hiking
6 months ago

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!

hiking
Saturday, November 18, 2017

Fairly easy trail. Good push at the summit. Decent views from the top.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Great hike- I wish we had driven in to the real starting point of pharaoh mountain- it would have saved an hour walking a flat car dirt road walk. The views at the top were so worth it.

hiking
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Hiked in from crane pond on the North side. Love this trail. We hike it every time we're up. Great views of Pharoah Lake from the South sumit, and lots of blueberries.

hiking
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Started from the trailhead at Rte. 74, basically a hike through a bog. Ascended via the north side of Pharoah Mountain, then descended to Pharoah Lake via a much steeper southeast trail. Absolutely beautiful views and an idyllic lake. Not another soul in sight. don't underestimate the Adirondacks--this hike took 6 hours for 14 miles and it kicked my butt.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Trail was wet with water running under snow, can imagine with the rain tonight most of trail will be water. Socked in with clouds, but warm breeze accompanied. Great hike will definitely do again.

hiking
Sunday, October 09, 2016

Long hike, not overly steep but a steady rise. Nice views of lakes and mountains on a clear day. The wilderness area around the mountain has a lot of trails leading to different ponds, you can spend a week exploring the whole trail system if you had the time,

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

amazing view, hiked the mountain then stayed at watch rock lean to...breathtaking views. no joke as a hike though. be prepared.

hiking
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Great views! My sons made it to the top, My wife,daughter , 80LB Akita puppy and myself were out of gas on the ridge just below!!! We were still able to get some stunning photos!!! We will be back to finish what we started !!

hiking
Thursday, November 19, 2015

I've heard that this area was nice. Especially popular for fall foliage. Hiked Pharaoh mtn in late fall and even then it was awesome! Lots of trails and ponds and places to view and camp! Def coming back in summer.

camping
Friday, August 07, 2015

Outstanding Hike, Completed it on a long weekend. 1st night spent ontop of the mountain with incredible views the next morning at breakfast. Spent the next evening down on the lake in a Lean too.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

One of my favorite hikes in the Adirondacks. I
Like to start at crane pond and reach the summit that way. Continue over the mountain to The lake or go back down. Don't forget about crab and oxshoe pond on the way back.

hiking
Friday, November 07, 2014

My husband, daughter and I with our dog did this hike at the end of October. Was a great 3 day hike starting at crane pond and doing the lake loop with climbing the summit on the last day. Was great hiking weather and nice to stay in lean to with no tent just sleeping bags. No bugs this time of year.

camping
Monday, November 05, 2012

One of the best hikes I've been on. A group of nine of us chose Pharaoh Mt/Lake for a 3-day backpacking outing. We decided to take the risk and look for a campsite on the summit on the first night. We luckily found one! We hiked back down and stayed on the lake the following night. Both the mountain and the lake provided great views and multiple established campsites.

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