Pharoah Mountain Trail

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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.

9.1 miles
1,870 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly




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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.

17 days 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!

27 days 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.

2 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!

7 months ago

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

11 months ago

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.

11 months ago

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.

11 months ago

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.

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.

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 !!

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.

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.

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.

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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