Take a Hike! Putnam Pond and Treadway

13 Aug

Ever been to the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness area near Ticonderoga, or wanted to but were unsure where to start?

Where do we start?

My dad, Dave Matthews, and his pup, Archie, recently explored an 11-mile loop from Putnam Pond, one of the main starting points into the region, and hiked Treadway Mountain.


Here’s his recap and some photos:

The Putnam Pond area offers a wealth of moderate hiking loops connecting several wilderness ponds: Clear, Grizzle Ocean, Lily, Putnam, Rock, and others.

Looking out to Pharaoh Lake

It feels remote, since it’s north of the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness (which can also be accessed from the trail heads which begin at Putnam Pond Campground (DEC operated) off Rt. 74 between Schroon Lake and Ticonderoga.

As to the little mountain there – Treadway – it lies west of Putnam Pond and is a 7.5 mile round trip from the campground.

At around 2300′ elevation, it’s not the highest or grandest in the Adirondacks, but the top is mostly open rock and offers 360 degree views – the High Peaks, the Green Mountains in Vermont.

Looking up at Treadway's summit

This is the perfect destination hike for the beginning hiker, looking to get the feel of the vastness of NY’s High Peaks. Not many people, secluded, and also a trail runner’s paradise…gently rolling terrain. Archie loved it!

Taking a break at the top


For more on the Putnam Pond area, check out the DEC’s description on its website. 

Submit your own recreational recaps and photos to alex@fasterskier.com or on the Anything Active Facebook page.


One Response to “Take a Hike! Putnam Pond and Treadway”

  1. lanze franz October 13, 2011 at 2:53 pm #


    thanks for sharing your insight.


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