Hiking choices in the North Warren region of the Adirondacks include the leisurely and the intense, and everything in-between '± offering breathtaking views, fun for the whole family, and a challenge for the experienced hiker. Explore the hikes below, as well as those in surrounding areas of the Adirondacks.
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.
Charles Lathrop Pack Demonstration Forest
Just south of Chestertown on Route 9 in Warrensburg, is Pack Forest, run by SUNY-EFS as a demonstration forest for scientific study. The highlight of this research forest is a handicap-accessible nature trail through an old-growth hemlock-white pine forest. Look closely and you should see the 315-year-old eastern white pine known as Grandmother's Tree.
The Mill Creek Conservation Area
The Mill Creek Conservation Area is a 215-acre preserve owned by the Open Space Institute. The property provides public access to 1.3 miles of northern Hudson River shoreline, and to nearly a quarter-mile stretch of Mill Creek, a lovely Hudson River tributary. Located just minutes west of the North Warren area in nearby Johnsburg, the Conservation Area features fishing, picnicking and hiking.
There are several trails that ascend Crane Mountain, all with unique views of the surrounding wilderness. On the more difficult trail there are a series of ladders to help scramble part of the cliff, but the effort is worth the breathtaking views. You can choose to stop off at Crane Pond on the way to the summit. The trail head can be found in nearby Johnsburg off a side road from the Garnet Lake Road, which in turn is a side road from the South Johnsburg Road.
Severence Hill Trail
The trail head to Severance Hill can be found on Route 9, just north of Schroon Lake. Though this is a rather short and easy uphill hike, it affords nice views of Schroon Lake and the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness area beyond.
Once you've exhausted the local hikes try some others in the surrounding Adirondacks areas.
- The Lake George area offers a great variety of hikes
- Hike any one of the famous climbs in the High Peaks
- Venture north and west and trek the Central Adirondacks
To further research hikes in North Warren and other parts of the Adirondacks visit:
Adirondack Regional Tourism Council Hiking Guide
Adirondack Mountain Club