Catskill 3500: Balsam
We’ll hike through northern hardwood forests and cross streams on our ascent of Balsam Mountain. Some of these trails are relatively new. They were rerouted after the destruction of Hurricane Irene in 2011. Once at the top, we’ll traverse Balsam’s long ridge and enjoy a beautiful viewpoint before reaching the summit.
This is a required peak for Catskill 3500 Club Membership and #26 Catskill Tall Peak (elevation 3,608′). This is one of the four peaks that must be climbed twice, at least once in winter (December 21 – March 21).
Level: Challenging (Learn More)
Mileage: 5.5 miles
Elevation Gain: 1,629 feet
Check-in Time: 6:30 am
Departure Time: 6:45 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 row empty for all trips. The limited-capacity trips have a $20 fee to accommodate the changes we need to make for the COVID protocol. The fees will only be in effect for limited-capacity trips. Learn more about what we are doing to keep everyone safe.