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.

Peak Details

Height:  3,608ft  (1,100m)

Range:  Southern Catskills

Level:  Difficult

Scenic:   No/Low

Trail Type:  Bushwhack

Canister:  Yes

 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. Bushwhack Description 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 climbing

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. But tackling it as part of a group made it a fantastic experience.

 Balsam Cap Topography

 Summit Forecast: Balsam Cap

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

If a foreacast for a peak is not directly available, this page may display a link to a nearby location.

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

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