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Old 06-01-2019, 04:52 PM   #1
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Pharaoh rd?

Hey all! Is Pharaoh Rd accessible for a small SUV? Iím wondering the road condition. How rough is it. Iím looking to hike into Pharaoh Lake and or Whortleberry Pond. Iíve always either parked at Putnam Pond or Crane Pond Rd to access the Pharaoh region so Iím unfamiliar with Pharaoh Rd
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Old 06-01-2019, 06:22 PM   #2
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Pharaoh road is in very rough shape now. Even a high clearance vehicle will have to take it slowly. A small SUV??? Who knows about that. Besides, real hikers walk the road.
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Old 06-01-2019, 07:36 PM   #3
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With a Jeep no problem but anything else is sketchy. I see Subarus in there all the time but I wouldn't risk it. There's one section in particular that you could easily rip your oil pan on a rock.
As Dundee indicated please walk it. It's only a mile and an easy walk. One year my buddy and I drove in with his lifted truck and it took just as long to drive as it does to walk. I won't do that again.
Whortleberry is nice but a short bushwhack. Bring a compass and map. Best of luck.
Oh I'd rather go and journey where the diamond crest is flowing...
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Old 06-01-2019, 07:40 PM   #4
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Definitely not advisable.
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Old 06-02-2019, 09:43 PM   #5
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I was through there yesterday. Many deep puddles. The conditions warrant parking at the "new" parking lot and walking the extra mile. NYSDEC is going to continue to allow this old jeep road to deteriorate until it is impassible. At that time the road will be physically barricaded, most likely with large rocks. For years it has been the NYSDEC's goal to close this road to motorized vehicles, they are just taking a very patient approach not wanting to anger the local citizens. They do not want a repeat of the Crane Pond Road problems of the 80's. I do wonder that once the last mile of the road is closed if I will be allowed to continue to mountain bike to Mill Brook (the "old" parking lot)? I predict not as this approach will now be considered part of the Pharoah Lake Wilderness. Long ago we rode our old "stingray" bikes into the ranger cabin at the outlet of Pharoah Lake. Once there we could rent a canoe for $2 a day.
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