Hike the Chester Challenge with many easy hiking trails that are geared for those who want to get great views with moderate effort. The Challenge is comprised of 10 hiking and nature trails through wetlands and nearby mountains. The following make up the Chester Challenge: Catamount and Green Hill, Kipp Mountain, the Cougar Trail, the Caroline Fish Trail, Stewart Mountain, Meade and Beckman Mountains, the Chester Creek Trails and the Palmer Pond Trail. Hike six trails and earn the Chester Challenge pin!
Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Area
The southern entrance to the extensive Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Area is located at Beaver Pond Road near Brant Lake. The distance from the trail head to the tip of Pharaoh Lake, one of the largest lakes in the park, is 2.37 miles. This vast wilderness area offers 48 miles of foot trails, many featuring crystal-clear ponds, while the climb to the summit of Pharaoh Mountain offers a spectacular view of the high peaks.
Gull Pond Trail and Spectacle Pond Trail
Located near Adirondack, NY, these relatively easy and short hikes can be accessed from the East Shore Road, which runs along the eastern side of Schroon Lake. Both trails lead you through wooded forest to small ponds. Gull Pond has a section of cliffs overlooking the pond that afford a great view of Pharaoh Mountain. Spectacle Pond (the somewhat longer hike) follows a small brook for a while before the trail verges off toward the pond, which offers its own impressive view of Pharaoh Mountain.