Balsam Cap

Often done in combination with Friday Mountain, Balsam Cap offers a good view of Cornell & Wittenberg on the way to its archetypal Catskills summit.

 Balsam Cap Hiking Trails & Hikes

Balsam Cap Canister

Hike Balsam Cap in the Clouds

A direct line from Moonhaw takes you up the shortest possible route to Balsam Cap but be warned: the way is steep. This is a tough Catskill hike.

View of Balsam Cap from Friday Mountain

Hike Friday, Balsam Cap & B25 Crash Site from Moonhaw

If you want a long, rewarding untrailed hike, this is it: some of the toughest miles you can do in the Catskills. This track shows my preferred route up Friday Mountain. Take a minute to review the main Friday Mountain page which describes the two main approaches: straight up the ridge-line or via the woods roads route.

Hiker in the thick of it

Hike “The Six”: Friday, Balsam Cap, Rocky, Lone, Table, Peekamoose

I was definitely nervous to go on this hike. I knew it was long and demanding. It crosses six mountains and some of the gnarliest terrain in the Catskills… Friday Mountain is always hard, but Rocky and Lone are in another league, the two prickliest peaks you can tackle in the Park.

Peak Details

Height:  3,608ft  (1,100m)

Location:  Southern Catskills

Level:  Difficult

Scenic:   No/Low

Trail Type:  Bushwhack

Canister:  Yes

 Balsam Cap Topography

 Summit Forecast: Balsam Cap

The page URL below shows the weather at Balsam Cap’s summit for the next six days.

https://www.mountain-forecast.com/peaks/Balsam-Cap/forecasts/1104

Opens in a new tab/window. Click on the small °F or °C boxes to toggle between US and Metric.
If a foreacast for a peak is not directly available, this page may display a link to a nearby peak.

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