Your Adirondack Basecamp

Bring your skis to Schroon Lake — you won’t be sorry!

Schroon Lake is surrounded by woods, mountains, and water, and there are hundreds of miles of trails to explore here. And since a lot of our trails are part of large trail networks, there are plenty of options for short out-and-backs or full-day excursions. 

The 46,283-acre Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Area, located just north of Schroon Lake, is so vast there are several parking areas to choose from, with each offering access to dozens of miles of trails. A favorite adventure is the Pharaoh Lake trail, a 3.3-mile route that goes to the shore of the beautiful Pharaoh Lake. There’s a gentle 235 foot elevation gain along the way, then a nice gradual downhill to the lake.

The Hoffman Notch Wilderness Area has a scenic, 7.4-mile long trail that can be skied as a through-route by parking one car at the south trailhead and another at the north trailhead, or skiers can simply ski into the notch and turn back when they’re ready.

Anyone looking for a shorter experience should check out the Adirondack Interpretive Center in Newcomb. The trails aren’t groomed, but the terrain is easy and the 3.6-mile network make it easy to explore in an afternoon. 

Take a look below for more cross-country skiing options in the Schroon Lake region!

Frontiertown Road off Route 9, North Hudson, New York
This system of interlocked trails explores the lovely area that used to be Frontiertown, a pioneering theme park that closed in 1998. A short road begins and ends off of Route 9. The entire system...
5922 State Rte 28N, Newcomb, New York
(518) 582-2000
The Adirondack Park Visitor Interpretive Center in Newcomb offers 236 acres of environmental education. There are miles of scenic, surfaced trails complemented by indoor exhibits and multi-image...
Route 28N, Minerva, New York
(518) 532-7675
Hiking Stony Pond Trail is part of an intricate network of pond trails in the Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest. The pond itself is 2.1 miles from the trailhead to the outlet of Stony Pond. There...
Blue Ridge Rd, Newcomb, New York
(518) 532-7675
Hiking Follow an old access road turned into an easy trail to a camping, picnic, and launch area at the pond. The hike is quite easy and all downhill to the pond. The wide trail is colorful in...
Route 28N, Newcomb, New York
(518) 532-7675
Cross-Country Skiing From the trailhead you will pass by the gate and start a wonderful ski over a groomed terrain. This road gets a ton of winter use by skiers and snowshoers, so expect it to be a...
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga, New York
(518) 532-7675
Fishing Directions to Access Points: Take Exit 28 off of Interstate 87 and take Route 9 south, toward Schroon Lake. In just over a half a mile, take a left onto Alder Meadow Road, follow it for...
Boreas Rd, Schroon Lake, New York
(518) 532-7675
Winter Overview and Trail Conditions: From the trailhead you will start a ski that is mostly downhill toward Cheney Pond. You will come to the trail for Lester Flow on the right about 0.1 miles...
Route 25, Newcomb, New York
(518) 532-7675
Hiking Avalanche Pass is usually approached from the Adirondack Loj. But it can also be approached from the Upper Works, and when the two are combined make for an excellent through hike. Below both...
36 Club House Drive, Schroon Lake, New York
(518) 532-7675
This scenic course is flanked by beautiful Schroon Lake and majestic Pharoah Mountain for extraordinary views. Explore the gentle slopes!
Crane Pond Road, Severance, New York
(518) 532-7675
Hiking A long hike to the base of the mountain, a short climb, then 360 degrees of stunning views from the summit of the vast Pharaoh Lake Wilderness area. Pharaoh Mountain Trailhead: Crane Pond...

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