Balsam Lake Mountain Trail

Catskill Park, New York

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Balsam Lake Mountain Trail is a hiking trail in Town of Hardenburgh, New York. It is within Balsam Lake Mountain Wild Forest and Catskill Park. It is 1.5 miles long and begins at 3,317 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is three miles with a total elevation gain of 1,255 feet. Balsam Lake Mountain (elevation 3,727 feet) can be seen along the trail. There are also a spring, restrooms, and a picnic site along the trail.
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Balsam Lake Mountain Trail is a hiking trail in Town of Hardenburgh, New York. It is within Balsam Lake Mountain Wild Forest and Catskill Park. It is 1.5 miles long and begins at 3,317 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is three miles with a total elevation gain of 1,255 feet. Balsam Lake Mountain (elevation 3,727 feet) can be seen along the trail. There are also a spring, restrooms, and a picnic site along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Dry Brook Ridge Trail.
Activity Type: Hiking, Snowshoeing, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Catskill Park
Distance: 1.5
Elevation Gain: 1,255 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 3,317 feet
Top Elevation: 3,727 feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Balsam Lake Mountain Trail
Parks: Catskill Park
Elevation Min/Max: 2903/3727 ft
Elevation Start/End: 3317/3317 ft

Balsam Lake Mountain Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This spruce–fir summit would be viewless without its fire tower, which offers 360-degree views of the western Catskills."

"Balsam Lake Mountain is the westernmost of the Catskill High Peaks, and like many of the others it would be largely viewless were it not for its fire tower. Over the years, four towers have occupied the summit. The current one was built in 1930, and it has recently been restored with the help of a group based in northern New Jersey. It is occasionally manned even on some winter weekends, at which times the observer’s cabin below is opened as a warming hut.

The trail leading to the mountain from Mill Brook Road is the popular route to the tower because of its mild grades, even though the route from the south is considerably shorter. It follows the tower’s old access road, which is still lined with telephone poles. The entire route to within 0.5 mile of the summit crosses private land, confining public use to the trail itself."

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May 2018