This wilderness area, located in the towns of Schroon and Ticonderoga, has nearly 50 miles of trails and more than a dozen lean-tos should you be inclined to make this an overnight trip. The 46,000 acres are bounded by routes 9 and I-87 to the west, 74 to the north, 8 to the south, and 9N to the east. It includes Pharaoh Lake, one of the largest in the Adirondacks.
There are two parking lots off East Shore Road on the western boundary of the wilderness area.
The lean-tos on Pharaoh Lake are popular enough that campers should be prepared to hike on to the next empty, and consider a designated tent site.
There are 38 designated primitive tent sites and 14 lean-tos in the wilderness available on a first come - first served basis. Look for a yellow "Camp Here" disc at designated tent sites, which are for tents only.
All lands within the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness are open to hunting and trapping in season. There is snowshoe hare, woodcock, ruffed grouse, and wild turkey. Waterfowl on the many ponds, and white-tailed deer and black bear in the forests.
Find out more
Read our blog post about A beginner's guide to the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness.