balsam lake and graham

The path to Graham is an unmaintained trail over private property , not difficult, quite easy to find and follow. Park at the trailhead at the end of the Beaverkill Road. Currently Graham and Doubletop are only open to hikers who live in neighboring counties. Quick Look - Graham and Balsam Lake from Beaverkill; Difficulty Round trip Total climb Location Internet Maps; 8.5 mi. Location: The map below shows the exact topographic location of the trailhead. Volunteer was very friendly and informative as well! Was back at the Parking lot at 4 pm, I walked down with a fellow hiker. ClosuresGraham and Doubletop mountains are closed to hikers from Nov 8 to Dec 26. It is slowly crumbing and can be dangerous. An abandoned tower greeted your eyes as you approached the peak. Let’s keep up the good work.If you have feedback on this page, please comment below or feel free to contact me directly. You can probably figure out what these might be used for; it’s up to you if you decided to use them. Balsam Lake’s upper summit is dominated by conifers. Nice and clean! Good point. Best Trail Conditions LinksCurrent 3500 ConditionsCatskill Visitor Center ReportsDEC Backcountry Info. It’s much less steep. not much to see on the trail but view from tower is impressive, worth the 3 mi there and 3 mi back. Even still great hike. And your above 3500’. Permission to hike Graham is a simple call or text from the number provided by the 3500 club website. No, you didn’t miss it. SnowA little snow is forecast for Saturday. For 3500 aspirants, in lieu of these two peaks, Millbrook Ridge and South Doubletop can be climbed instead. After about 2 miles, keep an eye on the left side of the trail. The most popular route to Balsam Lake begins at the Dry Brook Ridge Trailhead on Mill Brook Road in Hardenburgh. Pretty good hike up to Graham (with permission) and then onto Balsam Lake. Thanks Ralph. From the restored fire tower on its summit, you can see the jumble of the Catskills highest peaks to the north, east, and southeast. Keep an eye on your preferred weather service. Balsam Lake was a pretty nice climb, but no views from the top. Check ahead to make sure your favorite place is open at the time you need. The trail is easy to moderate the whole way to the first junction. At 2.2 miles in you’ll find the trail splitting off where you can go straight and head towards Balsam Lake Mountain or make sharp left to go towards Graham Mountain. I had thought we might try some of the offtrail peaks on the DEP property around Walton. I subsequently bushwhacked from Doubletop to Graham in winter with friends, and that was definitely a great, difficult hike. Anyway, I just did this hike with 2-3 inches of snow on the ground. You can probably sense I’m not too excited about this mountain. Above this, you’ll soon pass this junction which connects the Balsam Lake trail with the Mill Brook Ridge trail. Overall left turn is very steep but worth it. Balsam Lake Mountain can be accessed from the Beaverkill Road, the Millbrook-Arena Road or from the Millbrook Ridge Trail from Alder Lake. You’ll be pretty much making a u-turn to follow the unmaintained trail. After approximately a 650-foot ascent and 2 miles you will reach the trailhead for Graham Mountain. Lots of parking and clearly marked trail. great trail. Dress warm; it was about 10° at the summits! Most people turn here and head straight up to Balsam Lake. Our route includes easy trails, and both easy and challenging bushwhacks. My feet were wet by the end, but it was a great day to hike. (In fall and winter, when the snow hits, this entire scene is just incredible.). Before you visit: check what facilities/activities are available and pack what you need (e.g. Practice social distancing. Nice hike. I was wondering when we would lose more elevation, but we hovered around 3300 feet for a long time … Just keep going. Graham Mountain is often hiked in conjunction with Balsam Lake. The links you gave for procedures seem to link back to your website or to the 3500 Foot Club FB page. To the left of Graham is Panther Mountain. Leave the lot, cross the road, and look for the trailhead sign on the opposite side. I will update the descriptions and info and links. It’s a little rugged at first but soon settles down into an easy, level walk. The trail is beautiful overall, there's a spring and a lean-to toward the top of the mountain, and the fire tower view is spectacular. You’ll get to it eventually. Fire tower was locked at the top, which was a bummer. Sunday January 21, 2017: Parked at Mill Brook Rd at around noon, a very pleasant and steady uphill climb in snowy, sunny and warm conditions. The first steel tower was erected in 1919, and the present steel tower (47 feet tall) was built in 1930.”. Graham trail was post holed beyond belief, and snowshoes were mandatory. It is on your left, and it cuts back to the east at a … New York is currently open for dining, but there are restrictions. It’s worth poking around back there for a few minutes if you feel comfortable. The lands on Graham are privately owned. We tackled this from the north side this time. And then you’ll have the big pay-off of climbing to Balsam Lake’s absolutely fantastic 360° fire tower view. On this day, I did some basic trail maintenance like pruning back branches from both sides of the trail and removing this blowdown trunk which had fallen in the way…. Balsam Lake Mountain Elevation: 3723' Rank: 16 Trailed, NYNJTC maps 142 and 143. Hiking Balsam Lake is a popular single-peak hike because it’s short, easy, kid-friendly, and super scenic. Doubletop Mountain, Graham Mountain, Balsam Lake Mountain [PRIVATE PROPERTY] is a 9.7 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Arkville, New York that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. This trail in winter is actually pretty … Trail. Permission Required! Park at the DEC parking area and begin on the blue-blazed Dry Brook Ridge Trail to the junction with the red-blazed Balsam Lake Mt. This is a 10 mile challenge but great fun. I changed my mind when I remembered that it was the 100th anniversary of the Balsam Lake Fire Tower. Distance: 9.84 miles round trip from the DEC Parking Lot on Mill Brook Road. Really fun, a few steep climbs, nothing a beginner couldn’t handle. Hike early and carry a hiking headlamp. Amazing views and the fresh pine/fir smell wish I could bottle it! Balsam Lake is a lovely evergreen mountaintop with an expansive firetower view! Mostly sunny, warm day. Event Duration: 10 miles, 10 hours. At present do not hike to Graham without express permission from the caretaker. Catskill 3500 - Balsam Lake & Millbrook Ridge (3500 Club Replacement for Graham) From County Route 54 (Alder Lake Road), follow road and signs to the Alder Lake Trailhead. Description: Large lot on a bend. If you’re new to mountain hiking, this is the best option; the trail is wide and easy and it’ll take you 25 minutes tops. Be alert at about 2 miles, look for a fork. This is the standard Graham / Balsam Lake hike twofer with a twist, as it includes the southern ridge of Balsam Lake which is steep and rugged, and adds a little “Real Catskills“ to this long day hike. You’re supposed to call to get permission first since it’s private property. See Details Here. The view from the Fire tower was amazing! Also, the dense pine forest at the top of the mountain is straight out of a fairytale, something that needs to be seen in the snow. THIS PEAK IS ON PRIVATE LAND, THE OWNERS ARE GOOD ABOUT GIVING PERMISSION, BUT YOU MUST CALL TO GET PERMISSION, DO NOT TRESSPASS, AS WE MAY LOSE ACCESS AT ANYTIME PROVIDED THE TREND OF PEOPLE NOT CALLING CONTINUES. The pine-bed trail winds through the pine forest beautifully until, suddenly, you pop out into a large, round opening — and you’re looking directly across at the fire tower. Fire tower was cool when I went to the top and the tv thing was awesome I loved it, Beautiful views from fire tower and small pocket view at the top of Graham mountain which is private property you have to call be for you go. New York has done a great job combatting the spread of COVID. Stay right and continue on up the mountain. It the last part of the old jeep trail. About 6 hours in total. Hike into Balsam Lake leanto on a Friday, then early saturday get the summit of Balsam and then bushwack over to Graham and depending on time maybe over to Doubletop, returning to the leanto for saturday night. From 10 miles away, you get a very clear view of its size and shape. The view from the summit is not great, which is odd considering how open it is. This means your hike up Graham from Mill Brook Road is entirely on private property. To the east/left is the short ¾ mile trail you can descend to get back down to the blue trail. Level of Difficulty: Difficult; bushwhack . Hikers often combine a climb of Balsam Lake with neighboring Graham, reachable by an old road that branches to the west off the DBRT 750 feet (230 m) north of the northern BLMT junction. The large mountain visible to the east is Graham. Leader(s): Marv Freedman The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and snowshoeing and is best used from April until October. From here, the trail descends a little before leveling out for most of the very pleasant mile to a second junction. Help: Please carry a face mask for moments when you can’t socially distance. PSA: Buy a Hiking Headlamp – Your Phone’s Flashlight Sucks! Trailed approaches from the north, south and west offer plenty of variation for visiting this peak. Daylight HoursSunrise Apx: 7:10amSunset Apx: 4:20pmDaylight hours are short. Similar Entries In: Catskills, Moderate Hikes, Balsam Lake, Double-Peak Hikes, Fire Tower Hikes, Graham, Long Hikes, Ruins, Scenic, Spring. There is no signage to point you to the Graham Mt trail but you will see notice which indicates that you have reached private land. The trail from here up to the summit is pure Catskills: lush, rugged and twisty, with rock outcroppings, moss, roots and mud. On Friday, August 2nd, I was ready to get out and hike with my grandson Bryce. Use this section only for trip reports to the Catskill Region of NY. Sometimes the entire BLMT is used from either north or south to make a loop route of 6 miles (9.7 km) or 4.3 miles (6.9 km) respectively. Just finished a trip from the Catskills and a hike up to the top of this mountain. We’ll hike about 10 miles, over 3 Catskills high peaks: Doubletop (3874′), Graham (3868′), and Balsam Lake (3729′), with a total ascent of about 3300′. i'm not saying you should ever get whiskey in a bag. See this access update. For Graham & Doubletop, a reminder that permission to hike these lands is required in advance — and is currently being granted only to hikers who live in neighboring counties. Balsam Lake & Graham Mountains, Catskills (Canceled) (A-) Saturday, January 6, 2018 ... with great views from the Balsam Lake Fire Tower. This route is also the only “trailed” route to Graham’s summit — hiking Graham is technically a bushwhack but the herd path is so clear it almost counts as a trail. However, to the west, Balsam Lake and its fire tower are clearly visible. Time: Average 6.50 hours round trip : Elevation Gain: 1,284’ for Graham and 380' for Balsam Lake Mtn from the DEC Parking Lot and the summit. Most of the snow is gone except on the north-facing and higher elevation slopes. Follow the red blazes of the Balsam Lake trail to the summit. Doubletop and Graham require permission to hike which means a call to the caretaker before hiking: Bill Fiedler (607) 221-1277. it is on mill brook road. Users have reported that the peak of Graham Mountain is on private property and visitors should get permission before visiting. This route is also the only “trailed” route to Graham’s summit — hiking Graham is technically a bushwhack but the herd path is so clear it almost counts as a trail. DEC Update on Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Treatment. The path to Graham starts about 0.10-miles before this junction. Please register by Wednesday, Jan 3 with leaders Grace Gargiulo ggarg@aol.com or Mike Kaiser michaelckaiser@yahoo.com Length 9.7 mi Elevation gain 3,402 ft Route type Point to Point It's a little longer, but not any harder. A metal pipe juts out of the mountain beside a large rectangular boulder. Please note permission is required to hike up to Graham Mountain. You can probably see a lot from the tops of both but it was cloudy when we went. It’s weird, but in a good way. The long parking lot is on the north side Mill Brook Road and the trail you want is the southern section of the Dry Brook Ridge trail. If you do this hike, let me know how it goes in the comments below…. Plan accordingly. This is a nice, quiet trail section with limited views into Black Brook hollow bellow. I have suggested a trail edit by having just the trail to Balsam Lake for those only wanting to hike to the fire tower. ... 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