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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.

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.

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.

Great little hike up to a breathtaking view. Well maintained with a nice bar and bakery down at the base to come back to.

hiking
1 month 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.

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

mountain biking
4 months ago

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

backpacking
5 months ago

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.

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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