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Old 04-19-2017, 01:39 PM   #1
Dylank12
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Pharaoh Lake camping

Thinking of hiking into an area of the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness and camping this weekend as long as the weather isn't too bad. I was wondering about packing food though - a bear canister necessary? I don't currently have one and didn't know if I'd be crazy to not bring one. Wouldn't be packing a lot of food. Just enough for one night and morning.
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Old 04-19-2017, 02:17 PM   #2
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In my experience, bears are usually not really a huge concern in the Pharaoh region, and canisters are not necessary. Mice & squirrels can sometimes be more of an issue, especially if you're camped at a lean-to.
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Old 04-19-2017, 02:24 PM   #3
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IME a PCT hang is sufficient in the Adirondacks except where you need to use a bear canister for legality reasons. Not sure if those bears would figure out a good PCT hang, but rules is rules.
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Old 04-19-2017, 03:17 PM   #4
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Let us know how the conditions are when you get back. Would like to get up to the pharaoh area soon before it get crowded and buggy, but if I bring the kids I would prefer the trails be a bit dried out and not super muddy.
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Old 04-19-2017, 03:37 PM   #5
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I hang a GrubPack when camping outside the high peaks region. Check it out at grubpack.com. Steel mesh with velcro enclosure and eyelet for hanging.

As others have indicated, I have had more issues with mice and squirrels in the past.
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Old 04-19-2017, 04:10 PM   #6
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Thinking of hiking into an area of the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness and camping this weekend as long as the weather isn't too bad. I was wondering about packing food though - a bear canister necessary? I don't currently have one and didn't know if I'd be crazy to not bring one. Wouldn't be packing a lot of food. Just enough for one night and morning.
I've never had a bear encounter at Pharaoh, but they can turn up at any time. Raccoons can be a pain in the neck, though.
Enjoy your trip to one of the nicest settings in the ADK's.
Jim
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Old 04-21-2017, 11:06 AM   #7
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I've started bringing a canister just because it's easier, but there are plenty of trees to hang from near most of the campsites.

As others have said, would love to hear about conditions if you do go. Looks like low 30s at night, not too bad, but the weekend of the 29th/30th is forecasted to be in the 50s!

Enjoy!
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