Balsam Lake Mountain Trail

Catskill Park, New York

Elevation Gain1,255ft
Trailhead Elevation3,317ft
Elevation Min/Max2903/3727ft
Elevation Start/End3317/3317ft

Balsam Lake Mountain Trail

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.

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AMC's Best Day Hikes in the Catskills and Hudson Valley (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Peter Kick
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"This spruce–fir summit would be viewless without its fire tower, which offers 360-degree views of the western Catskills." Read more
Snowshoe Routes: Adirondacks & Catskills (The Mountaineers Books)
Bill Ingersoll
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"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." Read more

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Trail Information

Catskill Park
Nearby City
Catskill Park
USGS Seager; AMC Catskill Mountains
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Dec 2018