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Balsam Lake Mountain, Hardenburgh New York


Balsam Lake Mountain, Hardenburgh New York

The hike begins as you hike along an old jeep trail, gaining a little elevation. At about 2 miles, we will turn right at the trail junction, and proceed up a steeper trail with switchbacks. After passing through thick conifers, we will reach the ranger station and then the summit, with a restored 1930 fire tower that is 47 feet tall. From the fire tower, you can see the Pepactan Reservoir. Balsam Lake Mountain was the site of the first fire tower in New York, a wooden tower built in 1887. The hike is just less than 6 miles round-trip with an elevation gain of 1,147 feet. The summit stands at 3,731 feet above sea level making it the 17th highest peak in the Catskills.

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(N 42.069459 W 74.577167)

***Culinary Adventure base fee is $179.50. An additional charge of $20.00 per person covers the meal portion of the hike. Sales tax will be added to the total price of hike.

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