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Pharaoh Mountain Trail Professional Review and Guide
"Pharaoh Mountain, with an elevation of 2556 feet, is the tallest point in the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness, and its distinct profile is a landmark from nearly every hike in the region. Dramatic cliffs mark the southern and southwestern slopes, while from the north and northeast the mountain almost appears to be a volcanic cone. The views from its bare summit encompass ponds and mountains in nearly every direction. A winter ascent of Pharaoh Mountain does present a few special challenges, including the potential for strong, chilling winds at the summit. Nevertheless, winter climbers routinely make the ascent on snowshoes, and Pharaoh is certainly a good but strenuous winter climb."
--Bill Ingersoll, Snowshoe Routes: Adirondacks & Catskills (The Mountaineers Books).
Great Views and a great trail for people looking for a little adventure. Half the miles are on a fire road, 1/4 on a steady incline, and the last 1/4 is a scramble. The last 1/3 or so is rugged and can be very wet if it has been raining. I'm talking flowing water and wet bedrock. It took us 5 hours round trip and stopped for 30 minutes on the summit. I m 31 in decent shape. Have some heart and get to it! The views will not disappoint!!
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