Hike Balanced Rocks on Pitchoff Mountain
New York › Balanced Rock Trail
Added by Rebecca Nichols
Also known as Balanced Rocks, the summit is like a playground with beautiful views of the high peaks!
The parking for this hike is shared with the parking for the high peak Cascade Mountain. The trailhead is separate and begins just across the street.
About twenty minutes into your climb you will ascend a somewhat steep pitch which will offer a small lookout to Cascade Mountain. A bit further up you will reach a larger lookout which will also allow you views of both Cascade Lakes. Looking at Cascade Mountain, note the number seven shaped slide. This is also a fun yet technical way up that mountain and should be done by an advanced climber.
Continuing on you will eventually reach a junction which will direct you to either continue to Pitchoff's true summit or to views, on the right. You will turn right and the last 0.1 mile will bring you to the massive open area known as Balanced Rocks.
You will have amazing views of Colden, Algonquin and Marcy. Don't forget to take your picture with the two over-sized balanced rocks.
- Hiking Boots
- Snowshoes (Winter)
Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.
Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More
Are we missing something?Suggest an edit
More Adventures Nearby
Hike to Boreas Ponds
New York / Boreas Ponds Trailhead
You will start from the last parking area along Gulf Brook Road. The road is a bit rough, higher clearance vehicle recommended. Just past the gate is a kiosk and map.
Hike the Bluff Trail at Chimney Bluffs State Park
New York / Chimney Bluffs Trailhead
The trail starts right at the parking area. You quickly climb a short ways up and through the open forest until you reach the bluffs edge.