June 28, 2013 · 8:00 PM
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The Pharaoh Wilderness Area has fantastic hiking trails for both experienced and inexperienced hikers. Some people consider this area as the best trail system in the Adirondacks in regard to appealing destinations, trail maintenance, and design. Since a lot of people have asked about backpacking trips, we decided to do a beginner backpacking trip to Pharaoh Lake with the option to do day hikes, explore the area, camp and chill. This is a great place to rest, have lunch, and go swimming. Pharaoh Lake is breathtaking with its 100 foot depth, irregular shoreline, numerous islands, and unspoiled wilderness surrounding it.
This is a beginner packpacking trip and will involve an easy 4.5 mile hike to our camp at Pharaoh Lake. After settling in, people will have the option of doing several hikes in the area, BBQ'ing or just hanging out near the lake. During the day, we can chillax at the lake or hike up Pharaoh mountain. There is a 270 degree splendid view of the Adirondack Mountains, ponds, marshes and the 9 mile long Schroon lake.
- Pharaoh Mountain Out and Back - (Intermediate) 2551 ft
- Pharaoh Mountain to Crane Pond w/ Exploring - (Intermediate)
- Pharaoh Lake Loop - (Moderate)
For more information on the hiking trails please click here
I think the chances of us running into the infamous "Ranger Bob" and getting kicked out again are pretty damn slim! Even if we do, I'm limiting this trip to 12 people so we don't run into any trouble again and crowd the area. Its a helluva a lot easier for 12 people to spread out and disperse then the 25+ we had before.
DIRECTIONS: (Beaver Pond Rd Access)
The approach is from NY Route 8 between the hamlets of Brant Lake and Hague. Turn onto Palisades Road approximately 6 mi northeast of the hamlet of Brant Lake. At 1.5 mi turn right on Beaver Pond Road which is the third right off Palisades Road. Go another 1.0 mi on Beaver Pond Road to Pharaoh Lake Road, which is now marked with a sign that simply says "Trail." Will update with Google Map GPS Coordinates later....
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