Guide’s Choice – Fall Foliage Catskill 3500: Balsam Lake Mountain
Explore the westernmost tall peak of the Catskill Mountains!
We’ll begin on an old jeep road, making our way through the forest to the summit. As the trees open up, the Balsam Lake Mountain fire tower will come into view. It is the oldest documented forest fire observatory in New York State. Fortunately, the fire tower has been refurbished in recent years, so it’s safe to climb and take in the sweeping views of the Catskills! On a clear day we’ll be able to see 25 other Catskill tall peaks from the top of the tower.
This is a required peak for Catskill 3500 Club Membership and #16 Catskill Tall Peak (elevation 3,729′).
- NY State Licensed and Wilderness First Responder Certified Guide
- Transportation to and from NYC
- Some of the best foliage views in the Catskills