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Pharaoh Lake Wilderness

Goose Pond

 

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Goose Pond is located in the northwestern corner of the 46,283 acre Pharaoh Lake Wilderness of the East-Central Adirondacks. It is a popular day-hiking adventure and backpacking adventure as well for those looking for a short, easy hike to a scenic destination. It is a really easy 1.5 mile hike from the official parking area at the end of the drivable Crane Pond Road. There is no lean to shelter, but there are a few designated campsites near the shore of this scenic pond. There is a total elevation gain of about 200 feet for this hike that can be enjoyed by just about everyone.

Directions: From I-87 Exit 28 take NY 74 East, turn right on US 9 South. Turn left on Alder Meadow Road. At the fork veer left onto Crane Pond Road as Adirondack Road goes right. Take the dirt road to the end, which is a large parking area. The Crane Pond Road Trail goes south from the parking area and some vehicles still drive on this rough, unmaintained road. The GPS coordinates of the parking area is N43 51.557 W73 41.330 for those who have a GPS device.

The NY DEC placed boulders and signs where the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness starts. You will see those large boulders moved to the side as well as all the signs removed and the old Crane Pond Road that travels into the wilderness area looks good from first glances. It soon gets rough and rougher as you travel 0.9 miles toward the Goose Pond trailhead. There are no signs at the official Crane Pond Road Trail parking area. We suggest using this parking area instead of attempting to drive on what is now known as the Crane Pond Road Trail (36).

Follow the old road that is now known as the Crane Pond Road Trail. The road is unmarked but is very easy to follow. The trail (road) gently climbs. Soon you will hear the sounds of rushing water. On your left will be a cascading Alder Creek, then a bog that looks more like a small pond. You will reach what was once a large parking area at 0.9 miles. There is a DEC sign high in a tree that says Goose Pond is 0.6 miles away. Turn right to reach the Goose Pond Trail (37).

You are now following yellow trail markers. At 1.0 miles the trail crosses Alder Creek on a nice bridge. The trail now climbs and becomes a bit more rockier. The trail reaches Goose Pond at 1.5 miles from the Crane Pond Road Parking Area. There is a designated campsite about 500 feet to the right near the shore. A herd path continues from the campsite past the outlet of the pond to another campsite. There is a nice open picnic spot at the end of the trail on a rock outcrop along the shore of the pond. Across the pond is a view of Pharaoh Mountain. Look below for a few pictures, maps and a video featuring Goose Pond.

 

Bridge over Alder Creek

Hiker walking along puncheons over a wet area

One of the campsites on Goose Pond

Goose Pond

 

 

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