Spectacle Pond Hike

Spectacle Pond Hike

Brief Description: This trail follows Spectacle Brook, crossing it several times on the way to the pond. The
trail ends at a rock outcrop with excellent views of the cliffs on Pharaoh Mountain.

Trail Notes: This trout-stocked pond is located in the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Area. Along the way you pass
through a thick hemlock forest which blocks out the sunlight. The reasonable distance combined with several
stream crossings make this an interesting hike for children. If you are looking for a longer day, combine this
hike with the near-by Gull Pond Trail.

Trail in Winter: The Spectacle Pond Hike is also an excellent snowshoe or ski destination. Once safely frozen, this pond is a
great place to explore on snowshoes.

Trailhead: Located at a sharp curve. There is a large turn-out on the east side of Adirondack Road.
Adirondack Road is plowed in the winter.

Directions: From the Adirondack General Store in Adirondack, NY, travel north for 6 miles to a parking lot on
the right.

Parking: There is plenty of parking on the wide shoulder of the road.

Distance: 3.4 miles round trip.

Time Estimate: 1 to 3 hours.

Elevation Gain: 295 feet.

Additional Information:

https://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/lands_forests_pdf/gullspectaclepondhikingmap.pdf

https://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/lands_forests_pdf/mappharaohlk.pdf

https://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/fish_marine_pdf/specpdmap.pdf