Balsam Lake Mountain is the westernmost of the Catskill High Peaks, ranking 16th out of 35 with a summit elevation of 3,720 feet. Balsam Lake Mountain via Beaver Kill Road Loop Hike. With binoculars, or a long lens, you can see the ruins on the summit. Doubletop Mountain, Graham Mountain, Balsam Lake Mountain [PRIVATE PROPERTY] is a 9.7 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Arkville, New York that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. I think all of us were on snowshoes. During the winter, it makes an ideal snowshoe hike under appropriate conditions. Balsam Lake Mountain Trail (1.48 miles, 430′ from the north and 845′ from the south, red markers) Junctions with the Dry Brook Ridge Trail and Mill Brook Ridge Trail. This was my first hike on my new snowshoes. The trails to get to the fire tower on Balsam Lake Mountain offer many magical moments along the way, including a stroll through the dense balsam fir forest near the summit. The large mountain visible to the east is Graham. Just don’t forget your TP. Turn left to return to the parking area. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking. To the right is Lone. Turn around and backtrack along the blue-blazed trail to the junction with the red-blazed Oliveria-Mapledale trail. Balsam Mountain is one of the 35 peaks in the Catskill Mountains that is over 3,500 feet in elevation. Balsam Lake Mountain via Dry Brook Ridge Trail is a 4.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Livingston Manor, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. Located in the Town of Hardenburgh, this is the most remote tower in the Catskills, being a good 15 minutes from a remotely major road and the closest settlement of any size being Margaretville. They were fine. Balsam Lake Mountain - The most direct route is from the Balsam Lake Mountain Trailhead on Beaverkill Road. Balsam Lake Mountain observer’s cabin Scott L. | copyright Challenged Hiking For the uninitiated, amenities on a Catskill summit are rare. The last mile to Balsam Lake you’ll climb about 525′ to reach the Balsam Lake Mountain Trail just south of the summit. Saturday: Balsam Lake Mountain There were twelve of us. Zoom in to see the ruins on the summit. Trail conditions in the Catskills constantly change - especially in the winter - so make sure to check the weather report and the condition of the trails before you embark on the hike. Then up a steep section (0.5 mile), passing a spur trail leading to a lean-to (on the left), continue another 0.35 miles to the Balsam Lake Mountain summit (3723 feet) and fire tower. The fire tower on the summit offers a panoramic 360-degree view, and the nearby lean-to provides an opportunity for an overnight stay. Doubletop seen from the Balsam Lake Fire Tower. Graham mountain from Balsam Lake. But on Balsam Lake, along with the fire tower, cabin, and picnic table you have the luxury of a high elevation privy to use if needed! The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. On Saturday three of us climbed Slide and the rest of us (including me) climbed Balsam Lake Mountain. They're Tubbs Flex Alps, like my old ones, but shorter. Distance: 3.5 miles. The summit is covered in Balsam firs - the fragrant evergreens - found on many of the highest mountains in the Catskills. (3600 ft.). Follow the blue-marked Dry Brook Ridge Trail north 0.9 miles to its junction with the red-marked Balsam Lake Mountain Trail, turn left and follow it northwest 0.8 miles, passing a lean-to before reaching the summit. Ascent: 1250 feet. Both are about 12 miles away. (3600 ft.). Continue straight ahead for 2.15 miles to the summit of Eagle Mt. 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