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    On my first day in the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness I hiked in on the Long Swing Trail (4.8 miles) and set up in the Oxshoe LT. After some map study I decided to bushwhack from Crab Pond along the SW base of Treadway Mtn. to the Giant's Dishbowl and take it from there. This was a real treat. For about a mile I walked under towering exposed cliffs. I had excellent footing for the most part and at times was even rubbing shoulders with the cliffs. At the Dishbowl I was at the SE end of Treadway and I made a 90 turn to the NW and headed up gentle slopes. The land was flat rocky, the woods open pines and I enjoyed a relaxed stroll above the cliffs going in the opposite direction to the summit. Stunning views of the snow-clad High Peaks!

    From the top I bushwhacked directly back to Crab Pond and took the trail 1 mile to my lean-to. I “cut 'n' carried” my wood supply and met my neighbors who were camped nearby.

    On day 2 I decided to explore Bear and Potter mountains and began the whack 5 after minutes walking down the trail towards Crab Pond. After crossing the stream into Crane Pond I headed up the exposed ridge that overlooks the pond. It had all burnt recently and the scorch marks continued right to the summit. More stunning, open rock views, especially 600 feet straight down to Pyramid Lake. From Bear I made my way over to Potter Mtn. and was treated to more vast expanses of open rock with dynamite views. I had planned on walking home via the Short Swing Trail but it was fairly early and Pine Hill looked interesting. I decided to head up it so after a 20 minute trail walk I found myself on steep terrain getting views back to the cliffs of Potter 1 mile distant.

    The walk off Pine Hill was, once again along huge slabs of flat rock with widely spaced Pines. The highly inviting channels of rock went off in all directions and I checked the compass often to keep me on track. By heading west I was lined up to run into Oxshoe Pond. When I got to it I enjoyed a peaceful stroll on a tiny game/people trail around it back to camp. There then ensued a wild party at the lean-to with my great neighbors (who let me take a Hornbeck for a spin) and a 4th camper. I turned in before the party was over and continued the conversation from my bag.

    On day 3 (temps near freezing) I rose at 6 and after organizing my stuff for the hike out I left it there and made a round-trip up Pharaoh Peak, which I had been using as a landmark during my previous wanderings. When I returned to the lean-to it began hailing and raining and it rained increasingly all the way out to the trail-head on Rte 74.

    This region was a fantastic discovery for me and now I have to convince my bushwhacking friends to come back with me.

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    Last edited by Neil; 05-01-2017, 06:42 AM.
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    "Recognize these?

    Skylight, Gray, Marcy, Haystack.
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    • #3
      Great area. Although I didn't do any bushwhacking there I did visit Treadway and Pharaoh last year. Lovely hikes. I will second Neil's recommendation and say go check out the Pharaoh Lakes Wilderness.

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        "Underexposed cloudscape" -- very nice!
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        • #5
          Originally posted by autochromatica View Post
          "Underexposed cloudscape" -- very nice!
          Coming from you that's quite a compliment.
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            ....well I'll take a compliment on my compliment!

        • #6
          Originally posted by nangaparbat View Post
          "Recognize these?

          Skylight, Gray, Marcy, Haystack.
          More than that. From East to West. Dix, Macomb, Gothics, Saddleback, Basin, Haystack, Marcy, Gray, Skylight, Redfield.

          Don

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          • #7
            Thanks Neil.

            Memory Lane for me.

            Some 30 years ago. My first peak in the Adirondack Park was Treadway Mountain.

            Me and a buddy stayed overnight at a lean to on Putnam Pond. Six pack cooling in the pond for the return.

            To this day the only time I ever slept in a lean to.

            I thought I'd never make it feet so sore. All those rocks on the way to Treadway. Only thing worse was first trip to Dix from Elk Lake. Little did I know it was only the beginning.

            I've been back twice. Views were much better from the summit the first time. What were saplings are trees now.

            Don

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