Balsam Lake

A short, easy hike to a fire tower with an epic view makes Balsam Lake one of the Catskill’s most popular and beloved peaks.

 Balsam Lake Hiking Trails & Hikes

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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.

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Peak Details

Height:  3,729ft  (1,137m)

Location:  Central Catskills

Level:  Easy

Scenic:   Very  

Trail Type:  Fully Trailed

Canister:  No

 Balsam Lake Topography

 Summit Forecast: Balsam Lake

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

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