A view from Pharaoh Mountain

View from the top of hike

view from top of hike

Pharaoh Mountain, though only 2556ft in elevation, has a humble confidence about it. The tallest mountain in the vast 46,283-acre Pharaoh Lakes Wilderness, it’s summit offers outstanding views south over Pharaoh Lake, north to the Dix Range, and west (pictured) toward Schroon Lake. Everywhere you look, mature conifer forest dominates, speckled with secluded Adirondack ponds, each a scenic destination in its own right. Camping, fishing, and hiking opportunities abound with over 60mi of trail, 14 lean-tos, and 39 bodies of water. The wilderness is easily accessible as it borders the towns of Schroon, Ticonderoga, Horicon, and Hague, with Putnam Pond State Campground a popular entrance. On this day, the summit was reached via the Crane Pond Rd. trailhead off of exit 28.

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