Your Adirondack Basecamp

Discover an array of hiking options for all levels of outdoor adventurers in the Schroon Lake region! Browse our listings below of Schroon Lake area hiking trails that are enjoyable in any season. The trails don't remain dormant during the winter, and neither should you! Bring or rent snowshoes and continue to climb mountains even after the snow has begun to fall. Many of the area's trails also make for good cross-country ski trips as well.

Hikes outside of the High Peaks

Hikes outside of the High Peaks, en Francais

Find a hike that fits

Try the 5 mile Bear Pond Loop or the 7.2 mile Pharaoh Lake trail for easy to moderate level trips. If you're looking for something a bit more challenging, head up Pharaoh Mountain. With an elevation of 2,557 feet, it offers the area's highest peak and sweeping views of the surrounding countryside from the top.

State protected wilderness areas such as Pharaoh Lake and Hoffman Notch together boast over 90 miles of trails, 47 bodies of water, and almost 85,000 acres — providing plenty of room to get outside and explore. Both areas abound with day hikes that will take you past numerous small lakes and ponds, and even several geological and historical sites.

The historic side of hiking

To get a glimpse of area history, head to Rock Pond Mine and explore the remains of a former graphite mine site or take the trek to Adirondack Great Camp Santanoni near Newcomb Lake.

Make the most of your trip

Take in the scenery this season on your own or with a certified Adirondack wilderness guide who can share nature's secrets along your journey. And check out Schroon Lake shopping options if you need to load up on some last minute gear before heading out on the trail.

Choose a local guide to show you the best trails and views and download the Hiking Guide to the Schroon Lake region.

Leave No Trace

The magic of the Adirondacks is the result of previous generations taking a long view and protecting the mountains, lakes, and rivers within the Blue Line. That tradition continues today as we support and encourage everyone to practice Leave No Trace ethics, which help protect the lands and waters of the Adirondacks.

Learn more about the Leave No Trace Seven Principles

Newcomb, New York
(518) 532-7675
As the southern access point into the High Peaks Wilderness, Upper Works offers a unique option for hikers and visitors looking for an alternative to traditional northern or eastern trailheads. In...
1106 Elk Lake Road, North Hudson, New York
(518) 532-7675
The hikes listed here can only be accessed as a guest of the Elk Lake Lodge or with special permission. Please abide by this rule so these trails can continue to be enjoyed. Elk Lake Lodge is...
North Hudson, New York
(518) 532-7675
The views from the Dix Range are some of the best in the Northeast! With five different mountains, this traverse offers something rugged and adventurous for hikers. This range includes five of...
North Hudson, New York
(518) 532-7675
These three peaks are the some of the more remote in the High Peaks. No official trails lead to their summits; it's all herd paths here. The three mountains are: Couchsachraga, (46th highest...
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga, New York
(518) 532-7675
Crane Pond is a beautiful gem in the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness. For access: take Exit 28 off of Interstate 87 and take Route 9 south, toward Schroon Lake. In just over a half mile, take a left...
Ensign Pond Road, Moriah, New York
(518) 585-6619
Hiking A pleasant woods walk to the pond, with a trail that follows half of the pond shoreline. Trout Pond Trailhead: On Ensign Pond Road (County Rt. 4) between North Hudson and Moriah. Marked by a...
4390 US Route 9, North Hudson, New York
This trail is 2.7 miles along a beautiful stream. The full trail is 5.2 miles long, between Round Pond and the East Mill Flow trailheads. This is west of Round Pound with gentle changes in elevation...
Route 9, North Hudson, New York
This end-to-end hike, only 1.1 miles one way, runs from from Courtney Pond to Shingletree Pond along a clear, well-maintained trail with minor elevation changes. It is full of lovely terrain, with...
41 Adventure Pass, North Hudson, New York
(518) 532-9051
Frontier Town is one of the newest attractions in the Adirondacks! It is located on 91 acres on the shores of the scenic Schroon River and was once home of the Frontier Town theme park. Until the...
Ensign Pond Road, North Hudson, New York
(518) 532-7675
How to get there From Exit 29 off of Interstate 87, follow Blue Ridge Road toward North Hudson, take a left onto state Route 9 and follow it north. Continue for 2.5 miles and turn right onto Caza...
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...
Tracy Road, North Hudson, New York
(518) 523-2445
How to Get There Ensign Pond Road is 2.5 miles north of North Hudson. (Casa Turn Road/Route 4C leads to Ensign Pond Road.) Continue for 10.7 miles and turn left on Tracy Road. Continue for 1.75...
Blue Ridge Rd, Newcomb, New York
(518) 532-7675
How to get there From exit 28 in Schroon Lake follow I-87 north for one exit to the North Hudson exit #29. From here follow Boreas Road west toward Newcomb. Continue for 13.5 miles to the trailhead...
Ensign Pond Road, North Hudson, New York
The Challis Pond Trail is an easy, 1.2 mile loop to Challis Pond through a hemlock and cedar forest. The trailhead is on Ensign Pond Road (county Route 4), 2.6 miles from Route 9 or 6.5 miles...
Crane Pond Road, Paradox, New York
(518) 532-7675
A easy trail leads back to the beautiful Goose Pond in the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness. At 66-acres, Goose Pond isn't large, but it's deep waters offer anglers a chance to catch some really wild...
Route 9, North Hudson, New York
(518) 532-7675
This hike is a magical one as it leads you to an attractive pond and through a beautiful forest! To get here, take Exit 29 off of Interstate 87, turn right and then turn left on Route 9 to...
Northwoods Club Road, Minerva, New York
(518) 532-7675
This is a remarkable hike in a truly unique area! Getting There To get here from the intersection of Route 9 and Hoffman Road in Schroon Lake, follow Hoffman Road (CR24). Continue on CR24, which...
122 Hewitt Road, Minerva, New York
(518) 532-7675
Hiking Center Pond Trail leaves the Hewitt Pond Trail 3.1 miles south of the trailhead and extends 0.2 mile to the shore of Center Pond. The trail descends 100 feet to the pond in the last 0.1 mile...
Elk Lake Road, Newcomb, New York
(518) 532-7675
Hiking Blake was named after Mills Blake, Verplank Colvin’s assistant during the great survey of the Adirondack Park. This Adirondack 46 High Peak is number 43 on the classic 46er list, but...
County Route 25, Newcomb, New York
(518) 532-7675
An ascent of Allen is a major undertaking since it is a nearly 20 mile roundtrip, nearly half of which is on unmarked trails. The views from Allen are quite good and the final climb is rather...
Putts Pond Rd, Schroon Lake, New York
(518) 532-7675
The loop around Rock and Heart ponds is so interesting you might want to do it twice! From beautiful pond views to historical remains, this hike has it all. How to get there From the intersection...
Alder Meadow Road, Paradox, New York
(518) 532-7675
Gull Pond is a beautiful destination for someone looking for a quick hike to stretch their legs or for families. It is less than half a mile to the pond. From Exit 28 on Interstate 87, take...
Route 73, North Hudson, New York
(518) 532-7675
How to get there From exit 28 in Schroon Lake follow I-87 north for two exits to exit 30. From here take a left and follow Route 9 toward Elizabethtown and shortly a left onto Route 73 and head...
Putts Pond Rd, Schroon Lake, New York
(518) 532-7675
How to get there From I-87 in Schroon Lake, follow Route 74 toward Ticonderoga. Continue to Putts Pond Road on the left. Follow Putts Pond Road to the end at the Putnam Pond State Campground. Head...
Route 28N, Newcomb, New York
(518) 532-7675
How to get there From exit 28 in Schroon Lake follow I-87 north for one exit to the North Hudson exit, #29. From here follow Boreas Road west toward Newcomb. Continue all the way to Newcomb and...

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