Paradox Lake Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Small but pleasant, Paradox Lake is an ideal base for exploring the southeastern Adirondacks. Although it’s directly off Route 74, road noise is minimal to nonexistent, lots are well spaced, and the ten stalls in the central bathhouse can be relied on for rejuvenating hot showers. Sites 35–43 are closest to the water and boat rentals, but are crowded together and may be louder due to day-use visitors (until 9 p.m.) in the picnic area. There is no swimming at Paradox Lake. Starting with the blue-blazed Long Swing Trail opposite the campground on Route 74, hikers can follow red blazes at the fork to one of the most rewarding, albeit difficult hikes in the area: 2,556-foot Pharaoh Mountain. From here it’s possible to view Mount Marcy, the highest point in the state. On the other side of Paradox Lake, the shorter 2.2-mile Peaked Hill Trail leads to a low summit by the same name."