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 for 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!

Crane Pond Road, Severance, New York
(518) 532-7675
Network of trail that connect 22 ponds with 14 lean-tos. Spectacular mountain views and hemlock forests. Best introduction to the area is an 8 mile round trip to Pharoah Lake, from the south, on an...
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...
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!
Olmstedville-Minerva Rd, Minerva, New York
(518) 532-7675
Great trail which runs by several bodies of water; around Stony Pond, Big and Little Sherman, and the Brook Falls Yurts. To Sherman Pond – 2.5 miles, Stony Pond and lean-to – 4.0 miles,...
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...
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. You will pass by the Lester Flow Trail near the bottom of the hill, the pond is straight ahead...
Route 28N, Newcomb, New York
(518) 532-7675
Winter Overview and Trail Conditions: 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...
5922 State Route 28N, Newcomb, New York
(518) 582-2000
The AIC features 3.6 miles of interpretive trails on its 236-acre property, along the shoreline of Rich Lake and Rich Lake outlet. Trailheads are located at the building. R.W. Sage Jr. Memorial...
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga, New York
An unused road leads through old growth forest to a lovely pond. Wonderful winter scenery! Crane Pond via Blue Hill Trailhead: You can use the Putnam Pond campground at the end of a dead end road...

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