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.
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.
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.