Hiking in Adirondack Park

Pharaoh Lake Wilderness East-Central Adirondacks
Hiking in Adirondack Park
East-Central Adirondacks
Pharaoh Lake Wilderness



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Berrymill Pond is located in the 46,283 acre Pharaoh Lake Wilderness of the East-Central Adirondacks. It is a popular day-hiking adventure for those camping at Putnam Pond State Campground. A new lean to shelter built in 2016, makes this destination popular with backpacking adventurists as well. There is a North Trail and a South Trail that travels to the pond. The North Trail leaves from the state campground and is the more popular route. The South Trail starts from New Hague Road.

Berrymill Pond North Trail

The Berrymill Pond North Trail starts from Putnam Pond State Campground at the boat trailer/hiker parking area located near the exit of the parking area. The trail that travels toward Pharaoh Lake, Treadway Mountain, Grizzle Pond, Clear Pond starts at the other end of the parking area. I bring this up because the Trail Register has in big bold letters that this is NOT THE TRAIL to those destinations. I take it that a few hikers have taken the wrong trail. The GPS coordinates of the parking area is N43 50.267 W73 34.283.

The trail follows an old woods road and is marked with blue DEC foot trail plastic discs. It is a 2.1 mile hike to the Berrymill Pond Lean To with an elevation gain of about 400 feet. The DEC trail distance sign states it is 1.9 miles to the lean to. I GPS'd it at 2.1 miles, so that is what I am going with. The trail climbs gently and there are no real steep sections. This hike is easy to moderate and could be enjoyed by most in your family as long as you are properly prepared.

From the parking area, follow the wide old road into the woods. Almost right away there is a trail register. The trail trail gently climbs for awhile before dropping to cross a small stream on a wide wooden bridge at 1.1 miles. At 1.4 miles the trail turns right off the wide road on a reroute that takes the trail away from a huge beaver section. Soon the trail passes an old iron stove on an old tree stump then at 1.5 miles cross the outlet of the pond on a real nice bridge. You'll hear the sounds of a waterfall as you cross the bridge. Some might even bushwhack a short distance downstream to check out the falls.

At 1.7 miles the rerouted foot trail crosses the pond outlet again on another nice bridge. In another 500 feet the reroute trail reaches the old woods road again, where you'll turn right. At 2.0 miles reach the junction of the Lean To Spur Trail and the Berrymill Pond South Trail. Turn right and reach the lean to at 2.1 miles. The lean to is located on the northern bay near a straight from the main part of the pond.


Berrymill Pond South Trail

The Berrymill Pond South Trail starts from a small parking area off New Hague Road. The GPS coordinates are N43 46.820 W73 33.212. The trail starts out following yellow markers and then reaches a fork at 0.3 miles where the Berrymill Pond South Trail heads right following blue markers. At the fork is the junction of the Springhill Ponds from the South Trail (53), which goes left. A junction on the left for Berrymill Pond Lean To is at 3.0 miles as well as the junction of the Berrymill Pond North Trail. The shore of the pond at 3.1 miles, where you'll see the lean to. 

Look below for a few pictures, maps and a video featuring Berrymill Pond.

Old Iron Stove located along trail

Bridge along the Beaver Reroute Trail

View of the straight from near the lean to

Two hikers talking at the Berrymill Pond Lean To




Hiking in Adirondack Park

Pharaoh Lake Wilderness East-Central Adirondacks

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