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Balsam Mountain

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Trail

5.0 mile 8.1 kilometer loop
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Elevation

Ascent: 1,719' 524 m
Descent: -1,717' -523 m
High: 3,592' 1,095 m
Low: 1,971' 601 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 13% (7°)
Max Grade: 44% (24°)

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Trail shared by Joshua Howard

A great grind rewarded with views of the Catskills.

Joshua Howard

Features Fall Colors · Spring · Views

Overview

This route winds through Mine Hollow along the stream and brings you up to the top of Balsam Mountain where you are rewarded with great views of the Slide Mountain Wilderness.

Need to Know

Microspikes or traction devices might be needed in late fall, winter, and springtime visits.

Description

From the trailhead, you enter the Forest Preserve on the red blazed Oliverea - Mapledale Trail and are presented with a quick bridge crossing. You'll follow alongside the stream you until you switch to the yellow blazed Mine Hollow Trail and quickly begin to climb.

After climbing up the Mine Hollow Trail, you'll turn right onto the blue blazed Pine Hill - West Branch Trail where you'll rock hop and have a small scramble as you finish your grind up to 3600' where you'll reach a great viewpoint.

Once up top, you'll follow the Pine Hill - West Branch Trail down to an intersection with the Oliverea - Mapledale Trail. The 1.45 mile descent is quick and and straight down, until you reach the valley floor and the Rider Hollow shelter. Retrace your steps back to the trailhead for the final .3 miles.

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Feb 2, 2020
Rich Arnot
Feb 2, 2020
Mackensey Kelsey
Great winter hike! Also branched off and climbed the Belleayre trail 6.2mi
Jan 12, 2020
Ryan Vance
I came from the West / McKenely Hollow road to do Balsam and Eagle. Conditions were great with the mild temps, a little muddy in some spots but not… 9.8mi — 4h 30m
Jan 3, 2020
Ryan Vance
Steep and slippery! I needed microspikes and my axe. 5mi — 2h 30m
Sep 8, 2018
Zuzanna Wojcieszak
Running shoes not adequate for the rocks 5mi
Jun 8, 2018
Karin Murphy
May 28, 2018
Anna B
Boots & bug spray (death) 5mi
Feb 24, 2018
Sandy Xian
7mi

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Snowy summit on Balsam Mountain.
Apr 29, 2016 near Shokan, NY
View of Slide Mountain.
Apr 29, 2016 near Shokan, NY
Mine Hollow singletrack.
Apr 29, 2016 near Shokan, NY

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