Your Adirondack Basecamp

Schroon Lake: A great basecamp for your Adirondack hike!

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 and remember all points in the High Peaks are just a few miles away from Schroon Lake.

Hikes outside of the High Peaks

Hikes outside of the High Peaks, en Francais

Before heading out be sure to review Leave No Trace ethics to ensure you're protecting the Adirondacks for future generations! The DEC (Department of Environmental Conservation) is a great resource for more outdoor recreation related information.

Find a hike that fits

Try the five-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 areas highest peak and sweeping views of the surrounding countryside from the top.

State-protected Pharaoh Lake and Hoffman Notch Wilderness areas together boast over 90 miles of trails, 47 bodies of water, and over 1,200 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.

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

Crane Pond Road, Schroon Lake, New York
(518) 532-7675
Hiking 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...
Moose Pond Club Rd, Minerva, New York
(518) 532-7675
Hiking From the trailhead you will hike on a moderate trail with slight elevation change. While wet under some conditions, it’s a nice trail to be on. About half way to the top a snowmobile...
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...
Upper Works, Newcomb, New York
(518) 532-7675
Hiking Santanoni is most often climbed with Panther Peak and/or Couchsachraga Peak. Consider using the Times Square herd-path and the Santanoni Express Route is you are planning to do a traverse of...
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...
Fourteenth Road, Minerva, New York
(518) 532-7675
From the trailhead you start climbing immediately, but over the entire course of the hike it is never be any more than a moderate climb. Quickly you will come to your first view as you top out on the...
Upper Works, Newcomb, New York
(518) 532-7675
Hiking Redfield was named for Professor William C. Redfield: meteorologist, organizer of, and participant in, the first recorded ascent of Mount Marcy. If the going gets tough, remember Redfield did...
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...
Upper Works, Newcomb, New York
(518) 532-7675
Hiking Panthers are an old referral to mountain lions, which used to live in the area back in the 1800s, but in present day they are not here at all. Panther is kind of the gateway to the Santanoni...
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...
Ensign Pond Road, North Hudson, New York
(518) 532-7675
How to get there From Exit 29 on Interstate 87, follow Blue Ridge Road toward North Hudson and take a left onto state Route 9 and follow it north. Continue for 2.5 miles and turn right onto Caza...
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...
Upper Works, Newcomb, New York
(518) 532-7675
Hiking Couchsachraga Peak, nicknamed Couchy, is most often climbed as a trio of all three Santanoni Peaks in a day. Using the Times Square herd-path and the Santanoni Express Route for a...
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...
Upper Works Road, Newcomb, New York
(518) 532-7675
Summit Rock and Indian Pass is of historical significance for the Adirondack Park and was the key passageway to the discovery of the Tahawus Mine in the Upper Works Region. While the lower portions...
Hoffman Rd, Schroon Lake, New York
(518) 532-7675
Note: This last portion of this destination lies off any developed and mapped trail system. The use and understanding of GPS and map and compass is highly recommended. When traveling off trail there...
Putts Pond Rd, Schroon Lake, New York
(518) 532-7675
How to get there From the intersection of Route 9 and Route 74 in Schroon Lake follow Route 74 toward Ticonderoga. Continue for around 12-miles to Putts Pond Road on your right. Follow Putts Pond...
Upper Works, Newcomb, New York
(518) 532-7675
Hiking Skylight is the peak with one of the most impressive views, boasting a sighting of over 30 other High Peaks. This completely bald rock dome is very impressive when seen from other regions of...
Route 9, North Hudson, New York
(518) 532-7675
How to get there Take Exit 29 off of Interstate 87, turn right and then turn left on Route 9 to follow it north. Continue to the Sharp Bridge State Campground, which will be on the...
Alder Meadow Rd, Schroon Lake, New York
(518) 532-7675
Gull Pond Hill from Gull Pond is an unmarked herd-path, not an official trail; use of map and compass could be useful.  How to get there From exit 28 in Schroon Lake Route 9 toward Schroon...
Caza Turn Road, North Hudson, New York
(518) 523-2445
How to get there Take Exit 29 off I-87 and follow Blue Ridge Road east toward North Hudson, then drive north on Route 9. Continue for 2.5 miles, turn right on county Route 4C, then turn right on...
Loch Muller Road, Schroon Lake, New York
(518) 532-7675
This trail traverses the Hoffman Notch Wilderness area from North to South. Midway is Big Marsh, which is more of a pretty pond, and much of the northern end follows Hoffman Notch Brook for abundant...
675 Elk Lake Rd, North Hudson, New York
(518) 532-7675
Hiking Hough can be climbed by itself but rarely is, in many cases is combined with the rest or parts of the Dix Range. The Dix Range also includes South Dix (Carson Peak), East Dix (Grace Peak) Dix...
State Route 9, North Hudson, New York
(518) 532-7675
How to get there Take Exit 29 off of Interstate 87, turn right, and take a left on Route 9. Head north on Route 9 for just under 7 miles to Courtney Pond, on the left, and park there...
County Rt. 25, Newcomb, New York
(518) 532-7675
Hiking The Tahawus Tract & Henderson Lake offer lovely photo opportunities. The historic town of Adirondac housed the workers of the iron mines which once yielded the mysterious wonder metal,...

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