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Old 06-23-2020, 09:34 PM   #1
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Putnum Pond Loop

Took a solo loop around the Putnum Pond area with a Hornbeck.
Fun place for some canoe travel to a few pretty ponds and a peak.
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Old 06-25-2020, 06:29 AM   #2
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Legal tentsites?
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Old 06-25-2020, 07:14 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by dundee View Post
Legal tentsites?
yes, putnum pond is a state cg also.
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Old 06-25-2020, 09:13 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by GreenFrog View Post
yes, putnum pond is a state cg also.
Just a heads up, “Putnam Pond State Campground” is not part of the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness, but camping at the designated lean-tos & tent sites within the Pharaoh backcountry is perfectly legal. I think I recognize most of the locations in the photos, cool pics & thanks for sharing.
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Old 06-29-2020, 11:03 PM   #5
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How's the trail to Grizzle Ocean?
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Old 06-30-2020, 09:28 AM   #6
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FYI: The official interpretation of the regulations is that anyone camping at a lean-to site needs to be sleeping inside the lean-to. Tents, hammocks, etc., are not permitted adjacent to the lean-tos. There is a good reason for this- it helps to minimize camping impacts to the surrounding area (in particular, it minimizes the potential for formation of satellite sites in the vicinity). And if it were permitted, popular areas would see "tent cities" pop up around the lean-tos on any nice summer weekend (and Pharaoh does indeed qualify as "popular").

YMMV on how a ranger will respond if they see you tenting or hammock camping next to a lean-to. Some are more forgiving if it's just one or two tents/hammocks, pitched in close proximity to the shelter (especially since an honest review of the regulations may not lead campers to realize that this interpretation exists). But some will immediately direct campers to take down tents/hammocks next to lean-tos if they see it. The DEC is verystrict about it in the High Peaks (and they sort of have to be there, given the level and type of use and the substantial potential for added impacts).

There is a designated tent site on Grizzle Ocean, on the east shore. It's set back from the pond (across the trail from the water and uphill a bit), but it's otherwise a very nice site.
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