| SCHROON LAKE AREAHoffman Notch Trail|
This north-south route through Hoffman Notch is 7 miles long. The stream crossings
are not bridged. The northern end terminates on the road connecting North Hudson
with Newcomb. The southern end is reached from a side road off Hoffman Road from
the Village of Schroon Lake.
I-87 at Exit 29, and drive west on Boreas Road towards Blue Ridge . In about 4
miles, pass the Elk lake Rd. on the right. Continue on additional one-half mile
to a sign at the crossing of the Branch river.
PHARAOH LAKE WILDERNESS AREA
Leave the Village of Schroon Lake on Hoffman Rd., thence on Young's Rd. and
Potash Hill Road as shown on the map.
This wilderness area
contains a network of trails that connect 22 small and large ponds. You will find
14 lean-to's in this area. The spectacular sight of bare snow slopes on some of
the mountains has been caused by past forest fires. There are many cliffs and
ledges which add to the attractiveness of the area. For Sucker Brook Horse Trail
Interesting ski tours
can be found on the trails leading to: Goose Pond, a secluded pond set deep in
a hemlock forest; Crane Pond, continuing past the lower slopes of Crane Pond to
the lower slopes of Pharaoh Mountain, past the Pharaoh Mountain trail toward Pharaoh
Lake, and from the Village of Adirondack and via Pharaoh Lake Road north of Brant
Lake. These and other trails are shown on the map.
Those entrance points that
are grouped around the northern perimeter of the area are approached via Rt. 74,
which begins at Northway, exit 28 just north of Schroon Lake. The eastern end
of 74 starts at Ticonderoga.
The two entrances into the southern perimeter
are approached by leaving I-87 at Exit 24 via Brant Lake, or leaving I-87 at Exit
Pottersville north on Rt. 9, turn right at a sign for the Word of Life Camp. Follow
a secondary road around the southern end of Schroon Lake for about 4 miles to
the Village of Adirondack. For Pharaoh Lake Road Horse Trail
At the general store in Adirondack, proceed due
east for .2 miles to a "Y" fork, turn left and continue to a "T" intersection.
Take the left fork again. The road shortly dead-ends in a parking lot at the start
of the Sucker Brook horse trail.
Take the Adirondack Northway, I-87 to Exit 24, turn right on NY Rt. 8 leading
to Brant Lake. Follow this around the shore of Brant Lake to its far end. Turn
left on Palisades road which will continue around the end of the lake. The road
will veer to the left again. 2/10's of a mile beyond this turn, or 1.2 miles from
NY Rt.8, turn right on Pharaoh Lake Rd. and follow it to the parking lot. From
the unloading area, the trail leads northerly to the crossing of Mill Brook and
follows the south side of Pharaoh Lake Brook to the outlet of Pharaoh Lake and
the intersection with the Sucker Brook horse trail to the left. The trail continues
up the southern side of Pharaoh Lake for about a mile to 2 lean-tos and a horse
shelter. From here the trail turns easterly and then southerly terminating at
the Springhill Ponds. MT. VAN HOEVENBERG RECREATION AREA
This area contains
about 20 miles of looped trails built to international cross-country ski trail
standards, and designed for both recreational skiing and formal races. It was
the site for the 1980 Olympic cross country and biathlon Nordic skiing events.
It is one of the outstanding Nordic skiing facilities in the east. NEWCOMB AREA
Hoevenberg is located off of Rt. 73 between Lake Placid and Keene, about 7 miles
southeast of Lake Placid and 7 miles southwest of Keene.
The trail system
is laid out in interlocking loops so that a route of any desired distance can
be selected. All loops start and end at a central stadium. Trail maps are posted
throughout the area showing the direction to the stadium.
The Santanoni Preserve
Take Rt. 28N to Newcomb. Near the center of town, at the west end of Harris Lake,
the trail into the Santanoni Preserve departs from a barrier on the north side
of Lake Harris inlet. the distance to Camp Santanoni is 5 miles.