Balm of Gilead Trail Loop

North River, New York 12856

Balm of Gilead Trail Loop

Balm of Gilead Trail Loop Professional Review and Guide

"Located about forty-five minutes north of the small city of Glens Falls is the tiny hamlet of North River. The region is known for its garnet mines, established in 1907. This beautiful red mineral is still mined today in Warren County’s “garnet hills.” Visitors to the Garnet Hill Lodge will marvel at the display of beautiful handcrafted jewelry made with the deep red transparent variety of garnet. When not covered by snow, trail users can see examples of the colorful garnet ore embedded in outcroppings and ledges along the trail as well as in rocks found in the streambeds. A wilderness adventure for snowshoers as well as skiers (intermediate/advanced only) it includes “the best scenic view in the Adirondacks for the least amount of work expended,” according to local sources. Balm of Gilead is a name given to a variety of poplar trees with large, fragrant buds that yield a sticky, fragrant resin. This probably accounts for the name of the mountain and trail. Surface quality: Ungroomed and backcountry skiing. Fees: yes."

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"Located about forty-five minutes north of the small city of Glens Falls is the tiny hamlet of North River. The region is known for its garnet mines, established in 1907. This beautiful red mineral is still mined today in Warren County’s “garnet hills.” Visitors to the Garnet Hill Lodge will marvel at the display of beautiful handcrafted jewelry made with the deep red transparent variety of garnet. When not covered by snow, trail users can see examples of the colorful garnet ore embedded in outcroppings and ledges along the trail as well as in rocks found in the streambeds. A wilderness adventure for snowshoers as well as skiers (intermediate/advanced only) it includes “the best scenic view in the Adirondacks for the least amount of work expended,” according to local sources. Balm of Gilead is a name given to a variety of poplar trees with large, fragrant buds that yield a sticky, fragrant resin. This probably accounts for the name of the mountain and trail. Surface quality: Ungroomed and backcountry skiing. Fees: yes."

Balm of Gilead Trail Loop Reviews

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1/23/2008
Hiked with snowshoes during excellent weather (cold, clear and recent snow). It was our first snowshoing experience and well worth it. A good trail for a first effort in the winter. Great view from the top. Worked up a sweat but was a 'moderate' effort. The downloaded map and instructions could have been better as there are several trails involved to make up a 'loop'. The loop trails (in backcountry and on a ski area) were also well worth it. There is another trail nearby that goes to an open pit mine and there are mining camp ruins nearby (Hooper mining trail, and Blake Pond trail). Depending on weather i would try to take all these in.
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Trail Information

North River
Nearby City
2
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
Day trip
Duration
Garnett Hill Nordic Center
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Sep 2018