Hike the Pharaoh Mountain Loop

Pharaoh Mountain Trailhead

This scenic loops offers a variety of terrain with beautiful views and landscape!

You start off at the initial parking area on Crane Pond Road. There is a sign in register here. From here you will have a 1.9 mile one-way walk on a rough road to Crane Pond. If you have a high clearance vehicle and take your time you can manage though I would never attempt in mud season, some sections are submerged in deep water.  Once you reach Crane Pond you will follow a trail right and head over a bridge for the outlet of Crane Pond. Shortly along trail will be another sign in register. Then another 0.5 miles you will reach a junction.  I suggest taking a right to head to the summit first. From here its 2.3 miles to the summit. Though a few moderate to steep sections it is a fun climb over a variety of terrain. Once on the summit, explore around. There is a beautiful campsite. As well as many outlooks in all directions with sweeping views. After enjoying the summit continue south on trail to head towards Pharaoh Lake. The next junction take a left which skirts along the lake. This area is absolutely beautiful and offers many great campsites. At your next junction take a left on the Glidden Marsh Trail for 2.6 miles until the next junction (which leads to Crab Pond). Continue straight, shortly passing another junction (to Oxshoe Pond). The next 0.5 miles you skirt the shore of the Glidden Marsh until you reach the original junction completing your loop. Walk the 0.6 miles back to Crane Pond. Then from here is your last 1.9 mile road walk back to your vehicle.  

If you do have a vehicle that will allow you access back to Crane Pond you will cut off 3.8 miles for a 9.3 mile roundtrip. 

Pack List

  • Hiking Shoes
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Map
  • Camera
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RT Distance 13.1 Miles
Elevation Gain 2436 Feet
Activities Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Loop
Features
Easy Parking
Forest
Lake
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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Great Loop

Did it in 2 1/2 days--great variety of scenery and one of my favorite ADK loops outside of the High Peaks.


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