Balsam Mountain Loop Trail

Fleischmanns, New York 12430

Balsam Mountain Loop Trail

Balsam Mountain Loop Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Of the four Catskill High Peaks named for the balsam fir, Balsam Mountain is the least deserving of the name. Balsams do occur as a secondary tree on the summit, but the hike up the mountain passes through so many other notable forest types that you will hardly take note of the one species for which the mountain was unimaginatively named. All this notwithstanding, the loop over the summit of 3600-foot Balsam Mountain is an exceptional hike, with some steep grades but an overall short distance. Balsam is the northernmost point in a 17-square-mile patch of old growth forest, which you will encounter along the ridgeline, with maturing second growth extending down the hollows. Farming occurred right up to the foot of the mountain, including the initial part of the hike, and limited logging occurred on the mid-slopes."

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Trail Information

Fleischmanns
Nearby City
Kid-friendly
Accessibility
5.2
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
3–4 hours
Duration
Winter
Season
1,980 feet
Trailhead Elevation
3,600 feet
Top Elevation
NYS DEC New Paltz Office
Local Contacts
USGS Seager, Shandaken
Local Maps

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Oct 2018