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Pharaoh Lake Wilderness

Pharaoh Mountain

 

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Pharaoh Mountain at 2556 feet high, offers a 360 degree view of the vast Pharaoh Lake Wilderness area with its many ponds and lakes. It is a fairly difficult hike with a full pack. There are 2 marked trails to the summit with approaches from Crane Pond (from the northwest) and from Pharaoh Lake (from the the southeast), which is the steeper of the two approaches.

The 4.2 mile one way trip from Crane Pond has an overall elevation change of 1467 feet.  The approach from Pharaoh Lake is a 5.8 mile one way trip with an overall elevation change of 1498 feet, however you gain 1100 feet in less than one mile on the final approach to the summit.

There are two trailheads for Pharaoh Mountain. The less difficult of the two is from the Northwest at Crane Pond. To get there 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.

NOTE:  The 2 mile unimproved dirt road to Crand Pond is 'officially' closed to vehicles. Many people still use it however, as its closure is not enforced. This road is rough and you will often find trucks stuck in the muck.

Northeast view from Pharaoh Mountain (courtesy of Andy Arthur)

 

 

Above two maps courtesy of Andy Arthur

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