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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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...
Pharaoh Mountain is remote enough for any Adirondack adventure.
Crane Pond Road, Severance
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 Trailhead: Exit 28 off of I-87 and continue south on...
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...
The Gate Lodge Complex where a stone gate lodge, boat house and frame guide house remain.
Route 28N, Santanoni Road, Newcomb
Winter Overview and Trail Conditions: From the trailhead you will pass by the gate and start a wonderful ski over a groomed terrain. This road gets a ton of winter use by skiers and snowshoers, so expect it to be a fast ski. In a short amount of time,...
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.
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...