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."
--Peter Kick, AMC's Best Day Hikes in the Catskills and Hudson Valley (Appalachian Mountain Club Books).
"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."
--Bill Ingersoll, Snowshoe Routes: Adirondacks & Catskills (The Mountaineers Books).
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