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.

In winter, it is especially important to come prepared and practice ways to Love Your ADK; the best way to avoid emergencies is to properly plan and prepare for your trip.

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Route 28N, Newcomb
Walk through quiet, scenic forests and along the river.
Bring friends and meet new ones at a Camp Santanoni Winter Weekend.
Route 28N, Santanoni Road, Newcomb
Get ready to ski back in time here! The end destination is the historic Great Camp Santanoni.
This is a great destination for hiking, paddling, fishing, and its also a winter trail.
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga
Crane Pond is a beautiful gem in the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness. 
Cheney Pond is a scenic pond that feels remote, but is an easy hike.
Blue Ridge Rd, Newcomb
Looking for a backcountry pond that doesn't require a lot of work to get to? If so, Cheney Pond is perfect for you!
Route 25 Upper Works Trailhead, Newcomb
Avalanche Lake is beautiful and remote. It's well worth the trip for those who are prepared for the miles.
36 Club House Drive, Schroon Lake
By summer, it's a beautiful golf course. By winter, it becomes a lovely place to cross-country ski and snowshoe right in town.
Blue Ridge Rd, Newcomb
Go with the flow, and get on over to Lester Flow!
Frontiertown Road off Route 9, North Hudson
North Hudson has a new cross-country ski system! Find a trail map here.