Hike to Balsam Lake Fire Tower

Balsam Lake Fire Tower Trail

Distance

5.8 Miles

Elevation Gain

1147 Feet

Activities

Snowshoeing, Hiking

Skill

Beginner

Season

Year Round

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Rebecca Nichols

Easy Parking
Forest
Scenic

Pleasant year-round walk with spectacular views.

The trail starts across the street on an old Jeep trail. The registration box will be reached at 0.33 miles. You will continue to follow the Jeep trail and at about 2.10 miles you will reach a trail junction. Here you will turn right and about 200 feet ahead will be a gate. Continue past the gate. Eventually you will come to the Rangers Cabin with a view of the fire tower behind it.

Views in all direction include Double Top, Graham and Slide. All of those summits are included in the Catskill 3500 Club, which is climbing all the Catskills 35 peaks above 3500 feet.

Balsam Lake Fire Tower is also included in the Catskill Towers required for the Fire Tower Challenge. The other towers are Red Hill, Hunter, Tremper and Overlook.

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Nice Day Hike

I've both snowshoed this and hiked it in the summer. Very enjoyable light day hike!

Fire Tower

Enjoyed this light hike with some friends.

Maybe No More?

I tried to get to the trailhead, but followed the directions and got to a scary-looking "private property" sign on the jeep trail. Has this been closed?

Distance

5.8 Miles

Elevation Gain

1147 Feet

Activities

Snowshoeing, Hiking

Skill

Beginner

Season

Year Round

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Rebecca Nichols

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