To the west are the lower mountains of the western Catskills. There is some mild elevation gain in the beginning of the hike. After just a few minutes in the pine woods, you’ll pass the observer’s cabin on your right and then enter the clearing with the picnic table and the fire tower. Here’s how: winter hiking gear. You can hear it on this video. General information on hikingincludes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations. Fire Tower - Summits of the following high peaks; Peekamoose, Table, Lone, Friday, Cornell, Slide, Fir, Big Indian, Doubletop, and Graham Mts. From the trailhead (where I was able to send texts) all the way to the fire tower, the signal dropped only a few times. - See 5 traveler reviews, 5 candid photos, and great deals for Livingston Manor, NY, at Tripadvisor. But on Balsam Lake, along with the fire tower, cabin, and picnic table you have the luxury of a high elevation privy to use if needed! Which, for the Catskills, is quite unusual. This view is looking back up the trail I’ve just come down…. Balsam Lake Mountain is one of the Catskill Mountains, located in the Town of Hardenburgh, New York, United States.It is the westernmost of the range's 35 High Peaks.Its exact height has not been determined, but the highest contour line on topographic maps, 3,720 feet (1,130 m), is usually given as its elevation.. A cold fall morning is the perfect time to take in the fire tower’s incredible 360° view. So we took the detour in Oneonta and headed to the trailhead. The steepest sections were on the trail back to my car, this part of the trail was an easy gradual climb. For permission call (845) 586-4099, Monday-Friday during business hours. You come to a large, very-rectangular boulder and the spring is just to its right, a small metal pipe sticking out of the mountain. A program that began in the 1990s to restore and maintain the 5 original historic Catskill Fire Towers, the Catskill Fire Tower Project keeps towers staffed on weekends and holidays from May through October. In these conditions, even with an inch or two of snow on the ground, I’d been able to bare-boot my way to the summit. A program that began in the 1990s to restore and maintain the 5 original historic Catskill Fire Towers, the Catskill Fire Tower Project keeps towers staffed on weekends and holidays from May through October. It follows an old jeep trail on private land. Maybe you’ll even try Indian Head — and maybe it’ll change your life the way it changed mine. The blazes are now red and you are on your way up towards the tower. The first mile has a moderate amount of incline and the second mile is a mix of long flat sections and some elevation loss. - Balsam Lake Mt. Turn left and head forMillbrook Road. Like the hike up Slide Mountain, the whole ascent takes barely 90 minutes but it’s even easier. This is the summit. It can be difficult to orient yourself up there but the observer’s cabin is a big help. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. ClosureGraham and Doubletop mountains are closed to hikers from Nov 8 to Dec 26. English: Balsam Lake Mountain fire tower, Hardenburgh, NY, USA. The wooden tower was replaced with a steel one that was operated from 1919-1988. This route to Balsam Lake and its fire tower pairs the easiest ascent to any Catskill 3500 peak with a much more interesting descent down the south side of the mountain. It winds up through the balsam forest, of course. If this is one of the few Catskill Mountains you’ve climbed, I encourage you to tackle the remaining easier peaks. ClosureThe steep eastern side of Platte Clove Road is closed for the season. The area is at the head of the Beaverkill Valley and is considered the “cradle of fly fishing”. 52 pulloffs east of Ellenville on the way to Pine Bush. And in every direction … They’d be to the left of the above photo, out of frame. - Mohonk Mt. People. Below this, the trail is very steep. The views from the cabin extend for miles, all around. The restored fire tower offers views of the Pepacton Reservoir. - Most of the Rt. Balsam Lake Mountain is the 17th-highest peak in the Catskills, reaching 3,731 feet in elevation. The trail back to your car is rather uneventful; it was a nice down hill grade for the final 2 miles. Before heading down, I put on my microspikes. Near the top is a lean-to and a spring making this a great place to spend a night. Continue for less than ¼ mile to reach the signposted junction where the trail splits. The blazes will continue to be red as you take what feels like a more gradual route to the bottom. Sunset Apx: 4:25pm.Daylight hours are short. HIKE TO BALSAM LAKE MOUNTAIN: The picture on the left is the DEC parking lot off of Mill Brook Road. Here’s your alternate route to Platte Clove. Balsam Lake Mountain observer’s cabin Scott L. | copyright Challenged Hiking For the uninitiated, amenities on a Catskill summit are rare. This hike, which involves an elevation gain of about 1,200 feet, is... 4.5 A portion of your support goes to NY-NJ Trail Conference and to local Catskills hiking organizations. Be sure you are following the blue blazes. You cannot get permission to hike Graham Mountain during hunting season. I didn’t stick around long. When you first came into the clearing, you may have noticed another opening in the woods on your left. You may hike to the fire tower and back to the DEC parking lot WITHOUT permission. Mill Brook Ridge … It is located in the town of Hardenburgh, NY in the Balsam Lake Mountain Wild Forest. Continuing along the trail going down the hill you will find a spring. I hung out here for a few minutes — it’s extremely peaceful — then headed back to the main trail. I think Eagle and Haynes may also be visible. Don’t be a posthole. Pack microspikes until June. A full loop up and over Balsam Lake’s summit. Hardenburgh, Ulster County. Balsam Lake Mountain at ListsOfJohn.com Weather for Balsam Lake Mountain at Mountain-Forecast.com Weather and Snow National Weather Service Forecast NOAA Snow Depth Map Lists that contain Balsam Lake Mountain: Catskill 3500-foot Peaks (Rank #17) Fire Tower Challenge (Adirondack/Catskill) (Rank #6) Catskill Top 102 (Rank #17) Winter GearYou can survive and thrive on the hills this winter. Pretty great for most of this hike. Trees. At this point, most people turn around and head back out the way they came in. When you are finished taking in the view, continue on the red trail as it heads east from the summit. The large mountain in the foreground is Graham. Balsam Lake Mountain stands as the guardian of western high peaks of the Catskills. From this angle, it looked incredible. Balsam Lake Mountain via Dry Brook Ridge Trail is a 4.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Livingston Manor, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. It is not the original tower to sit at the summit of the mountain, but dates … I always recommend using GPS when bushwhacking. Keep an eye on your preferred weather service. Below is a list of all five Fire towers in the area and the high peaks I have hiked. It’s just a mile back to the junction with the red trail which you took up to the summit. New York is currently open for dining, but there are restrictions. On a clear day, the tower offers a view of Manhattan in the distance. (Days 3-6): Heavy rain (total 84mm), mostly on Thu night. I also tried to find the scenic view, and visited a lean-to. Balsam Lake Mountain Weather (Days 0-3): A dusting of new snow. Hunter and Rusk mountain                Table and Peekamoose, Slide, Cornell, Wittenberg                   The Blackhead Range (3 mountains), Balsam and Eagle Mountain              Westkill, Kaaterskill High Peak                     Giant Ledge and Panther Mountain, –      –      –     –      –      –      –      –     –      –      –      –      –, Katterskill Falls                                               North Point, Overlook Mountain Fire Tower                    Red Hill Fire tower, Spruce Mountain Fire Tower                        Snowy Mountain Fire Tower, Rondax (Bald Mountain) Fire Tower          Stillwater Fire Tower, Hurricane                                                            Poke O Moonshine, Vanderwhacker           Black Mountain       Belfry, Azure Fire Tower                                             Saint Regis Fire Tower, Cathedral Rock           Mount Arab              Wakely, Mount Adams            Blue Mountain          Owl’s Head, A The Pennsylvania Grand Canyon Lookout Tower, A worlds End State Park; Canyon Vista Trail Hike, Alander Mountain; Taconic State Park and Mountain Range NY, Albert Mountain Fire Lookout Tower; Appalachian Trail NC, Azure Fire Tower Hike; Adirondack Mountains, Backbone Mountain; Maryland High Point Hike, Bald Mountain, Maine; Oquossoc fire Tower Hike, Balsam and Eagle Mountains; Catskill 3500 Hike, Balsam Lake Fire Tower Hike- Catskill Mountains 3500, Bash Bish Falls Hike; Massachusetts Tallest Waterfall, Beech Mountain Fire Lookout Tower; Acadia National Park ME, Belfry Fire Tower; Adirondack Mountains Hike, Big Slide Mountain hike; The Brothers Trail, Adirondack High Peaks, Birch Knob Observation Tower Hike; Virginia, Black Mountain Fire Tower Hike; Adirondack Mountains, Blue Mountain Fire Tower; Adirondack Mountain Hike, Blue Mountain Loop; Appalachian Trail Pa Hike, Buttermilk Falls Hike; Tallest Waterfall in NJ, Buzzard Rock Trail Hike; Shenandoah Mountains, Cathedral Rock Fire Tower, Adirondack Mountain Hike, Clingman’s Dome Lookout; Tennessee High point, Cook Forest Fire Lookout Tower and Seneca Point, Crane Mountain Hike: Adirondack Mountains, Deboullie Mountain and Fire Lookout Tower; North Maine Woods hike, Dial and Nippletop Mountains; Adirondack High Peaks, Dickenson Hill Fire Tower; Grafton lakes State Park, Ny, Dingmans Falls; Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area PA, Federal Hill Fire Tower Hike New Hampshire, Ferncliff Forest Lookout Fire Tower; Hudson Valley Hike, Ferncliff Penninsula, Ohiopyle State Park Hike, Flume and Liberty Hike; New Hampshire White Mountains, Flume Gorge; Franconia Notch State Park Hike, Frankenstein cliff and Ripley Falls Hike NH, Giant Ledge and Panther Mountain Hike; Catskill 3500, Giant Mountain and Rocky Peak Ridge Hike: The ADK High Peaks, Gillespie Point Hike: Pennsylvania Grand Canyon, Goshen Fire Tower Massachusetts; D.A.R. More research needed, I think. Once you climb the tower, the roofline of the cabin points away, roughly to the east — toward the southern Catskills. After about 0.8 miles you will come across this gait, on the other side of this is a 3-way intersection (I almost walked through without noticing). I love seeing one summit from another and then, later, reversing the view. Mountains. YMMV. All Original Content © 2018-2020. Cabin in the forest that surrounds Balsam Lake’s summit. This trail leads down the steep south ridge. On a big screen, you can see them as a slight break in the line of snowy pixels on Graham’s summit. If there’s any snow or ice at all, you’ll absoutely need traction. The volunteer program at the Balsam Lake Mountain Fire Tower is a part of Catskill Center’s Catskill Fire Tower Project. Turn north/left. Welcome to Balsam Lake Mountain! It’s steep and rugged, and much more authentically Catskills. Coming down the south side of the mountain, I lost coverage more frequently. –Do not confuse Balsam Lake with Balsam Mountain or Balsam Cap. At its summit there is a 47-foot fire tower that offers 360-degree views of the surrounding Catskill Mountains. These towers can are a part of the larger Adirondack fire tower challenge; below are the others we have hiked in that challenge. See this access update. I re-climbed to the junction, turned right, and headed once again down the red trail. Balsam Lake Mountain Fire Tower. I took my shots and scurried down the tower. The fire tower, here, is one of the true gems of the Catskill Park. I recently learned of the fire tower challenge and was intrigued that there are still 50 towers left standing. From the tower, if you look down at the picnic table, you’ll see it clearly. Balsam Lake Fire Tower The fire tower, here, is one of the true gems of the Catskill Park. It’s easy hiking the whole way. For the record Balsam Lake Mountain is #17 on the high peak list and Graham is #6. It’s quite easy to drive past the parking area for Balsam Lake because it’s directly after a curve on Millbrook Rd. The next side-trail leads down to a very sweetly-situated lean-to. Wear a mask. Balsam Lake Mountain Fire Tower is on public land. The smell of the balsam firs is very pleasing. Plan accordingly. Keep an eye on your GPS and turn around when Avenza or Gaia shows that you’re just a little way past the junction. They erected a tower made from timbers found on the mountain top and paid a man to staff the tower during dry conditions. The trail head starts from the upper parking lot at the far end. Hunting SeasonIt’s still hunting season so wear lots of orange on hikes, especially when bushwhacking. Balsam Lake Mountain Fire Tower is located in Balsam Lake Mountain Wild Forest, Ulster County. Your backing makes all the difference. Even light snow cover turns Balsam Lake into a glittering winter wonderland. ¶ Use snowshoes. The southern ridge is steep, which is what males this hike "moderate" rather than "easy". The earlier wooden structure on Balsam Lake Mountain was built in 1887, but was struck by lightning and burnt to the ground in 1901. Have you used tobacco or nicotine products in the last 12 months? Yes, I have Balsam Lake Mountain Fire Tower is located in Balsam Lake Mountain Wild Forest, Ulster County. Companions Gunter Clifford Elevation 3723 feet Ascent 1193 feet Round Trip 4.4 miles Gunter and I were traveling home from Vestal to Albany when we decided to take a detour and climb a fire tower. The restored fire tower offers views of the Pepacton Reservoir. Finally, the trail flattens out along the summit ridge. It is located within the Balsam Lake Mountain Wild Forest, which consists of more than 13,500 acres and includes miles of hiking trails, lean-tos for camping, water You may hike to the fire tower and back to the DEC parking lot WITHOUT permission. -Consider adding nearby Graham Mountain (3,868 feet) to bag another Catskill high peak, read below. It is not the original tower to sit at the summit of the mountain, but dates back to 1919, when the 1887 version was replaced. Winter Mountain Hiking Gear: How to Survive & Thrive in the Catskills Cold, Catskill 3500 High Peaks List | Ultimate Peakbagging Guide. The blazing is pretty good. One of six fire towers inside Catskill Park, the Balsam Lake Mountain tower stands tall at an elevation of 3,723 feet. Eventually, reaching the bottom, you’ll reconnect with the blue trail. But I found no amazing lookout. BUT, if you hike Graham Mountain, you WILL need permission. With cool, clear skies, we can enjoy views from Massachusetts to Pennsylvania, looking east to west, and from the Helderberg Escarpment to New Jersey, looking north to south. The existing 47-foot tower was erected in 1919, closed in … Hike early and carry a headlamp. Keep your dog brightly-colored too, and on-leash at all times. If the tower cabin is closed, as it is most of the time, you can still climb the tower; just not all the way. What surprised me is that, to the left of Graham, Panther was also visible. Check ahead to make sure your favorite place is open at the time you need. Best Trail Conditions LinksCurrent 3500 ConditionsCatskill Visitor Center ReportsDEC Backcountry Info. The character of the trail going down the south side of the mountain is very different from the trail you came up. Alder Lake Loop Trail(1.5 miles, red markers) - an easy hike around the lake. Telephone lines, a small observer's cabin, and a road to the … There will be numerous displays including information on the history of the tower, the Observers who served there, its restoration, the flora and fauna in the area, and a salute to the volunteers who have been caring for the tower. And it’s a cinch to hike. In 1887 the land was owned by the Balsam Lake Club, and fire was a serious concern to large land owners such as the club. Very quickly, about two miles in, you’ll be at the junction/turn-off for Graham Mountain. Mainly gales. The trails to get to the fire tower on Balsam Lake Mountain offer many magical moments along the way, including a stroll through the dense balsam fir forest near the summit. Advance permission is needed to climb Graham and Doubletop mountains. Balsam Lake Mountain Wild Forest: Visit the fire tower! BUT, if you hike Graham Mountain, you WILL need permission. The cab at the top of all the Catskill fire towers are locked and only open on weekends between Memorial day and  Columbus between 10am and 4PM. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Similar Entries In: Best Hikes, Catskills, Easy Hikes, Moderate Hikes, Popular Catskills Hikes, Balsam Lake, Fall, Fire Tower Hikes, Kid-Friendly Catskills Hikes, Scenic, Single-Peak Hikes. Winter hikes to the tower are absolutely spectacular. Balsam Lake Mountain Wild Forest is home to one of the Catskills five restored fire towers, on aptly named Balsam Lake Mountain. Ice AlertPreciptiation and deep freezes at all elevations means ice is everywhere. The spring not far below always seems to be flowing pretty well. Also, check out the East Coast Fire Tower page. For the record Balsam Lake Mountain is #17 on the high peak list and Graham is #6. BALSAM LAKE MOUNTAIN – TOWN OF HARDENBURGH – ELEVATION 3723′ History: The first fire tower on the top of a mountain in New York State was placed at the summit of Balsam Lake Mountain in 1887. Becoming colder with a light covering of snow, mostly falling on Thu night. Also, check out the  East Coast Fire Tower page. The scene is primordial. Access to hikers is closed completely during hunting seasons. I don’t think this trail mile gets used a ton. This hike is listed as difficult because of its length (13 miles), the unpredictable nature of the bushwhack to Cradle Rock Ridge, and the steep terrain descending from Balsam Lake Mountain. It has a relatively remote location, but was the site of the first wooden fire tower in New York state erected by the Balsam Lake Club in 1887. Not long after the 3500 FOOT ELEVATION sign, the woods change suddenly from deciduous to a massive stand of fir trees. The first forest fire tower in New York State was erected on Balsam Lake Mountain in 1887. It’s nice and quiet here, too. 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