OverviewAt 3868 feet Graham is the 7th highest Catskill peak and 59th highest in new york state in front of better known mountains such as Hurricane, Gore, Blue, and Wittenberg mountains. Unlike many Catskill peaks graham actually has a know elevation, as it was a home to a Radio Station (the type for communications) back in the cold war era. Graham is one of 2 Catskill High peaks on Private Property (the other is Doubletop), however by calling the caretaker you get clearance to climb the peak. The western Side of graham Mountain has views to Panther, Doubletop, and such. on the eastern side their is cliffs if your willing to search to catch a view of Balsam Lake mountain. The Trail to Graham is an old abandoned road (in the past used to service the radio station, now used as a state snowmobile trail in the winter)that twist its way to the top at a moderate grade. This trip will take about 3 hours round trip from the Dry Brooke junction. This Road comes off of the Dry Brooke Trail .1 mile past or before the balsam lake Trail depending on which way you come up(in the winter do not try to come up the beaver kill road and hike in that way, you will be sorry). You know you've found the summit when you find the old Station.
Getting ThereThe Northern Trail head is off of the mill Brooke Road near Seager (turn off of 28 onto the dry Brooke road, on your left mill Brooke road will turn off) and the southern Trail head is off of the beaverkill road Out of Livingston manor (just past the covered bridge park on old 17)
Booth Approaches will run you about 7.5 miles round trip without balsam lake mountain, with balsam lake mountain plan about 9 miles and probably 8 hours
Red TapeThe Top is on private property, the owners are good about hikers, but Respect them so we can continue climbing this peak
Contact the caretaker Bill Scholl at (845) 586-4056 before climbing Graham since the summit and approach is on private land.
Also DO NOT CAMP ON THEIR LAND ANYWHERE
CampingCamping is exclusively at the balsam lake lean-too, or over in that direction no camping on graham what-so ever