Bring your skis to the Adirondack Hub — you won’t be sorry!

The Adirondack Hub is absolutely packed with woods, mountains, and water, and there are hundreds of miles of trails to explore here. And since a lot of our trails are part of large trail networks, there are plenty of options for short out-and-backs or full-day excursions. 

The 46,283-acre Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Area, located just north of Schroon Lake, is so vast there are several parking areas to choose from, with each offering access to dozens of miles of trails. A favorite adventure is the Pharaoh Lake trail, a 3.3-mile route that goes to the shore of the beautiful Pharaoh Lake. There’s a gentle 235 foot elevation gain along the way, then a nice gradual downhill to the lake.

The Hoffman Notch Wilderness Area has a scenic, 7.4-mile long trail that can be skied as a through-route by parking one car at the south trailhead and another at the north trailhead, or skiers can simply ski into the notch and turn back when they’re ready.

Anyone looking for a shorter experience should check out the Adirondack Interpretive Center in Newcomb. The trails aren’t groomed, but the terrain is easy and the 3.6-mile network makes it easy to explore in an afternoon. 

Take a look below for more cross-country skiing options in the Adirondack Hub. The quiet, snowy scenic wonder of the region is sure to delight, whether you're on your first visit or your fiftieth.

Leave No Trace and Love Your ADK

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.

 

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36 Club House Drive, Schroon Lake
This scenic course is flanked by beautiful Schroon Lake and majestic Pharoah Mountain for extraordinary views. Explore the gentle slopes!
Boreas Rd, Schroon Lake
Winter Overview and Trail Conditions: From the trailhead you will start a ski that is mostly downhill toward Cheney Pond. You will come to the trail for Lester Flow on the right about 0.1 miles before the pond. There is a state gate located here as well.
Frontiertown Road off Route 9, North Hudson
North Hudson has a new cross-country ski system! Find a trail map here.
Marcy Dam means getting close to the other end of the hike.
Route 25 Upper Works Trailhead, Newcomb
Avalanche Pass is usually approached from the Adirondack Loj. But it can also be approached from the Upper Works, and when the two are combined make for an excellent through hike. Hiking Below both routes are described for those who want to hike the...
This day trek is easy and scenic in any season.
Route 28N, Minerva
How to get there Take Exit 29 off of Interstate 87 and follow Boreas Road west toward Newcomb. Continue to Route 28N, take a left and head toward Minerva. Continue for just under 10.5 miles to the trailhead on the left. Trail Description From the...
Cheney Pond is a scenic pond that feels remote, but is an easy hike.
Blue Ridge Rd, Newcomb
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 parking on the left at the DEC sign. It is not...
There are bridges and viewing stands for maximum enjoyment of the scenery.
5922 State Rte 28N, Newcomb
The Adirondack Park Visitor Interpretive Center in Newcomb serve as environmental education and tourist orientation centers. Miles of scenic, surfaced trails complemented by indoor exhibits and multi-image presentations on the park. In summer, there...
This is a great destination for hiking, paddling, fishing, and its also a winter trail.
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga
An unused road leads through old growth forest to a lovely pond. Wonderful winter scenery! Crane Pond via Blue Hill Trailhead: You can use the Putnam Pond campground at the end of a dead end road off of Route 74 from Ticonderoga. Distance: 6.3 mile...