Join me for my first-ever snowshoe hike up Treadway Mountain in the eastern Adirondacks! I've climbed this scenic gem in the spring and fall, but never in the winter. This is a scenic gem of a mountain, with pine forests and an open summit with outstanding views of Pharaoh Lake. Most of the slopes are moderate in grade as I recall, with only a few ledges here and there.
In the summer, this is a 3.8-mile hike from the Putnam Pond Campground, but the winter version may be a bit longer depending on where the plowing ends. On the other hand, crossing the frozen surface of Putnam Pond would be a scenic shortcut.
This will be an excellent way to kick off 2019, so come and join A.W.E.!
Photo: Pharaoh Lake and Pharaoh Mountain as seen from Treadway's summit
Hiking Distance: The summer hiking distance is 3.8 miles one-way, but the winter version will likely be a bit longer depending on where the plowing ends. On the other hand, crossing the frozen surface of Putnam Pond could be a bit of a shortcut. There is a 920-foot vertical ascent up the mountain.
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Seasonal Conditions: This late in the year, wintry conditions should be expected. The days are short and cold, and snow may be present.
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