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 Trailhead: Exit 28 off of I-87 and continue south on Route 9 to Alder Meadow Road. Turn left on Alder Meadow Rd. for 2.2 miles, then left on Crane Pond Rd. for 1.5 miles to the official parking area. The road beyond is quite rough but still drivable with high clearance vehicles. If you don't have a suitable vehicle park here and walk the 1.6 miles of rough road to a flooded area with a trail bypass to the left that leads to Crane Pond, 2.0 miles from the parking area. Cross the bridge over the outlet and continue on the flat for 0.7 miles to a junction. Turn right and soon start a gradual climb that steepens at 1.9 miles from Crane Pond and reaches the rocky summit at 2.9 miles.

9.8 miles RT (from parking area,) Moderate Climb but a long trail, Elevation 2556’

Time in hours:

Family with Young Kids: not recommended
Experienced Hiker: To Summit: 3.5 Round Trip: 7.5
Out of Shape Hiker: not recommended.


There are 14 lean-tos to camp in along the trail.

Snowshoeing and Cross-Country Skiing

Network of trail that connect 22 ponds. 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 old road suitable for competent beginners.

Find out more

Read our blog post about Pharaoh Mountain Wilderness: a six-pack adventure.