Balsam Lake Mountain from Beaver Kill Road

Catskills -- Central

View from the Balsam Lake Fire Tower, Central Catskills Region - Photo by Daniel Chazin View from the Balsam Lake Fire Tower, Central Catskills Region - Photo by Daniel Chazin

This loop hike climbs to the fire tower atop Balsam Lake Mountain, with panoramic views.

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Balsam Lake Mountain via Beaver Kill Road Loop Hike

Balsam Lake Mountain, one of the 35 peaks in the Catskills over 3,500 feet in elevation, is the most westerly of these peaks. The fire tower on the summit offers a panoramic 360-degree view, and the nearby lean-to provides an opportunity for an overnight stay. This hike, which involves an elevation gain of about 1,200 feet, is...

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October 18, 2017
Good hike, great views on tower
This is a nice quickie that can be done in about 2 and a half to 3 hours. Fire tower is in great condition and views from the landing are great. The red trail is a bit tricky during fall, though. The blazes are spotty and unless you can see the trail its a bit of guesswork. Make sure to bring offline copies of maps or guides. This hike is so far into the boonies it is jarring. About 16 miles from the trailhead is where the signal ends/starts.
November 18, 2014
Thanks for the quick response
Thanks for the quick response Jeremy.
November 17, 2014
Revised GPS coordinates
Our apologies for the incorrect GPS coordinates for this particular hike.  As you mention, the coordinates were for a location near Tunis Pond.  The coordinates have been updated to accurately reflect the parking location as described by yourself as well as the original text description.Thanks again for pointing this out, and I'm glad you enjoyed the hike!~Jeremy, TC Cartographer
Jeremy Apgar
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