Putnam Pond is located at the northern end of the Pharoah Lake Wilderness. Putnam is the starting point for a number of hikes in the Pharoah Lake region. There is a state campground at the pond, a boat launch, and canoe and rowboat rentals. The camping fee is $14. There is a parking fee for day use when the camping areas are open. The campgrounds are open from mid-May through Labor Day. The registration booth is open daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. The facility supervisor or assistant is on the premises at all times. Hikes starting from Putnam Pond include:
Bear Pond Loop, 5 miles RT. Passes a series of wilderness ponds.
Treadway Mountain 7.8 miles RT. Outstanding views. Rock Pond Mine A 5.4 mile RT hike, moderate difficulty. The remains of an old graphite mine are an attraction on this hike.
You can find more information on the Rock Pond graphite mine at: Rock Pond Mine's History, Written in Pencil and on this discussion thread about the mine. Both sites have some photos. One warning: the iron in the water in and near the mine stains clothing. Wear old stuff!
Grizzle Ocean 5 mile loop. There is a leanto and a trail that circles the pond.
Long Swing Trail 12 miles. You may choose the location where you wish to begin. This trail leaves Putnam Pond, headed west, passing Grizzle Ocean, Pharaoh Lake, Glidden Marsh, Crane Pond and Alder Pond. It ultimately ends 0.2 miles west of Paradox Lake Public Campground.
The NYS DEC strongly urges recreational hikers to obtain detailed topographic maps of the region before venturing into the back country.
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