Your Adirondack Basecamp

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.

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

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...
Ensign Pond Road, North Hudson, New York
(518) 523-2445
How to get there From Exit 29 off I-87, follow Blue Ridge Road east toward North Hudson, then drive north on Route 9. Continue for 2.5 miles and turn right on county Route 4C, then turn right on...
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...
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...
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...
Crane Pond Road, Paradox, New York
(518) 532-7675
To get here, from Schroon Lake's downtown, take U.S. 9 north for 1.7 miles. Turn right onto Alder Meadow Road for 2.1 miles. Continue straight onto Crane Pond Road for 1.4 miles, to the...
Route 28N, Newcomb, New York
(518) 532-7675
Goodnow Mountain is one not to be missed by anyone who is in the area. Reached in just under two miles of generally easygoing hiking, the summit has a restored fire tower and a sweeping view...
Upper Works, Newcomb, New York
(518) 532-7675
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 stuff...
Crane Pond Road, Schroon Lake, New York
(518) 532-7675
The 46,283-acre Pharaoh Lake Wilderness is an outstanding part of the Adirondacks! The wilderness contains an abundance of lakes and ponds, the largest being Pharaoh Lake, at 441 acres. There...
Upper Works, Newcomb, New York
(518) 532-7675
Skylight is the peak with one of the most impressive views, boasting a sighting of over 30 other High Peaks. Hiking This completely bald rock dome is very impressive when seen from other regions of...
5922 State Rte 28N, Newcomb, New York
(518) 582-2000
The Adirondack Interpretive Center (AIC) at Newcomb offers 236 acres of environmental education, along with miles of scenic, surfaced trails complemented by indoor exhibits and multi-image...
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...
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...
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