Balsam Lake Topography

Balsam Lake Details

Height:  3,729ft  (1,137m)

Location:  Central Catskills

Level:  Easy

Scenic:   Very  

Trail Type:  Fully Trailed

Canister:  No

 Balsam Lake Weather

Area Forecast

Summit Forecast

This page linked below shows the weather at Balsam Lake’s summit for the next six days.

https://www.mountain-forecast.com/peaks/Balsam-Lake-Mountain/forecasts/1137

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Click on the small °F or °C boxes to toggle between US and Metric.


 Balsam Lake
Central Catskills Hiking Trails

rock outcop

Thru-Hike Doubletop, Graham & Balsam Lake

This hike really has it all: stream crossings, herd paths, bear prints, a canister, a memorably steep descent, a true bushwhack, a rugged ascent, an ice grotto, some old ruins and, to top it all off, a fire tower with amazing sunset views.

the cabin in woods

Hike Balsam Lake Mountain

This route combines the easiest ascent to any summit in the Catskill Park with a much more interesting (and far less trafficked) descent down the south side of the mountain. I also tried to find the scenic view, and visited a lean-to. It’s quite easy to drive past the parking area for Balsam Lake because it’s directly after a curve on Millbrook Rd.

trail junction

Trail Maintenance, Balsam Lake, Fall 2019

Finished my 2019 maintenance by tidying up a few things between the two junctions on the south side of Balsam Lake. When I first took on this trail section in the spring, it hadn’t been tended to in many years and was very overgrown.


About Balsam Lake

Sunset over Balsam Lake Mountain

Sunset view from Balsam Lake Fire Tower

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