ATTENTION: During the COVID-19 pandemic, the state Department of Environmental Conservation has announced that all public fire towers in New York will be closed.
All public trails are still open and fire tower peaks can be climbed, but hikers are advised to maintain a distance of at least 6 feet apart - which the fire tower cabs are too small to accommodate. The DEC also recommends hikers avoid busy trailheads and explore hikes and outdoor adventures close to home.
Discover an array of hiking options for all levels of outdoor adventurers in the Schroon Lake Region! In summer, the shade from the canopy will cool you as you make your way to a scenic vista or backcountry pond. 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.
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.
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.