ATTENTION: NYSDEC-controlled fire towers are open to visitors. Only one household group should be in the fire tower cab, groups should social distance on the summit while waiting to climb to the cab, sanitize hands before and after being on the fire tower, and wear masks.

Discover a stunning array of hiking options for all levels of outdoor adventurers in the Adirondack Hub! 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.

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. If you're up for a challenge, try a hiking challenge like the ADK 6 Pack and earn yourself a unique souvenir!

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.

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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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Tahawus Rd., County Rt. 25, Newcomb
This route features ponds, brooks, and the opportunity to explore the abundant nature around Flowed Land. A visit to the historic Henderson Monument will complete this full day of hiking that is not quite the workout a mountain climb offers. Calamity...
Rankin Pond trail is a delightful snowshoe in a winter wonderland.
Route 28N, Minerva
This short and easy shoe ends at a particularly scenic pond. There's a faint trail around the pond but as long as no one strays too far from the shore it will bring everyone around to the end of the trail again. On the northeastern side of the pond...
Route 28N, Newcomb
Marshall's tree covered summit is less impressive than the wondrous trail which leads up to it. With numerous waterfalls along Herbert Brook, and great views of the Flowed Lands, you will not be lacking for photographic opportunities. Mt. Marshall is...
Hoffman Rd, Schroon Lake
This trail maintains an easy grade with very little change in elevation. It's mainly on a wide course through the forest but will get slightly narrower in spots. Leaving the trailhead, the path soon drops slightly to a bridge near the outlet of a...
Loch Muller Road, Schroon Lake
This trail traverses the Hoffman Notch Wilderness area from North to South. Midway is Big Marsh, which is more of a pretty pond, and much of the northern end follows Hoffman Notch Brook for abundant scenery. Northern Trailhead: Blue Ridge Road, (CR 84...
Fourteenth Road, Minerva
From the trailhead you start climbing immediately, but over the entire course of the hike it is never be any more than a moderate climb. Quickly you will come to your first view as you top out on the first smaller bump of the ridge. A modest descent...
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...
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...