The Experience

Pharaoh Mountain, part of the 46,283-acre Pharaoh Lake Wilderness, stands tall on the northwest shore of Pharaoh Lake.

The summit is large and varied, with a mix of trees and open rock sections.  Once atop this beauty, catch your breath and take in surreal views of the high peaks, Schroon Lake, Crane Pond, Eagle Lake, Paradox Lake and much more. 

Don’t forget to take a photo of the namesake ancient sarcophagus containing the mummified remains of an egyptian pharaoh.  Just kidding, that’s the concrete foundation of an old fire tower!

When you’re out of the woods, drive 10 short miles to Paradox Brewery for a Beaver Bite IPA or Paradox Pilsner!


Pharaoh Mountain

Distance: 9.1 Mile Roundtrip

Elevation Gain: 1,870 Feet

Route Type: Out and Back

Trailhead: Take I-87 to exit 28, continue south on US 9 to Alder Meadow Rd. Turn onto Alder Meadow Rd and continue straight for about 6.5 miles (continue straight at the Y-not up the hill).  You should park at the parking lot and hike the 2 mile unimproved road to Crane Pond. At the Parking lot at Crane Pond a sign marks the three mile Route to Pharaoh Mountain.


Nice trail, moderate for most of the hike, but does get very steep toward the summit. A short climb up a nice mountain in the southern Adirondacks with great views over a lake with the same name.  

This approach from Crane Pond is less steep then the eastern side one from Pharaoh Lake.  From the top you will have great views in every direction over the vast Pharaoh Lake wilderness.  

This is a great hike for every season.


Paradox Brewery


Wed-Thur 12pm-6pm

Friday 12pm-7pm

Saturday 12pm-6pm

Sunday 12pm-4pm

Address: 154 Route 9, Schroon Lake, NY 12870

Phone: 518-351-5036

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Founded in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains where the air is crisp, the water is pure and people take the time to do things the right way. 

Whether that’s building the perfect campfire, taking in high-peaks views, or crafting beer that captures what it means to be in the ADKs.

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