Catskill 3500: Balsam Cap and Friday [Bushwhack]
Get ready for a true off-trail adventure! Today, we’ll hike two of the Catskill Mountains’ most remote trailless peaks. We’ll brave thick forest in order to reach these rugged summits, and once you sign in at the summit canisters, you’ll be in rare, trail-hardened company. Be sure to bring your gaiters, because these slopes are covered in witch hobble shrubs and scratchy balsam!
These are required peaks for Catskill 3500 Club Membership and #20 and #25 Catskill High Peak (elevation 3,692’ and 3,608’).
Note: Must have prior tall-peak hiking experience in the Catskill Mountains or Adirondack Mountains before joining a bushwhack. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Level: Challenging (Learn More)
Mileage: 8.3 miles
Elevation Gain: 2,972 feet
Check-in Time: 6:15 am
Departure Time: 6:30 am
Return Time: Approximately 7:00 pm
Limited spots remaining
While COVID-19 remains a concern, we are limiting our van capacity to a 10-person maximum, including guides, and leaving the middle seat empty in each row. The trips have a $20 fee to accommodate the changes we need to make for the COVID protocol. The fees will only be in effect while we limit capacity on trips. Learn more about what we are doing to keep everyone safe.