Balsam Lake Mountain Climber's Log

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Jow - Feb 23, 2016 1:57 pm Date Climbed: Feb 22, 2016

Icy Monday  Sucess!

Took a Monday off for some winter hiking and since this a winter requirement for 35er club figured give it a go. The plan was for a nice snowshoe but upon arrival there was no snow in sight on lovely sunny February day. So left the snowshoes in car and head up trail. Unfortunately the snow melt left huge sections of trail as complete slick sheets of ice. So without my microspikes or crampons was forced to bush wack around or walk slowly on flat sections. lovely picnic on top then on way down glissaded a touch on ice sections and got going too fast a couple times. slightly more adventurous than you would think for this gradual easy climb. nice day.

Climbed again 6/9/17 since one of 35ers mandatory for both winter and summer. Rainy until top got better going later as I traversed over to Graham.


technicolorNH - Apr 22, 2015 10:20 pm Date Climbed: Apr 22, 2015

First of two for the day  Sucess!

Eighty four minutes from the northeastern trail head to the fire tower. Still plenty of snow and I got snowed on during the descent.


JimWallace - Dec 11, 2012 7:06 am Date Climbed: Dec 10, 2012

BL and Graham  Sucess!

Cake Walk to the summits. The trail from Millbrook road was hardly the workout we were hoping for but instead a nice easy enjoyable hike. We flew over to Graham first along the well defined herd path. We had to climb up on the stucture to get the view but it was worth it.Then back to Balsam lake Mt. Took us maybe 45 minutes between the 2. BL Firetower was locked but I still got the eyecandy from the top stairs .an enchanted feeling around the summit and in the forest here. Just a nice half day hike..JW


woodstrider - Nov 3, 2009 4:51 pm Date Climbed: Sep 16, 1995

views from a firetower  Sucess!

Part of a backpack. My first time to this forested over summit so I climbed the firetower for the views. No stairs here so I climbed up the metal struts to the first landing.


ScAtTeRbOnE - Oct 9, 2009 11:49 pm Date Climbed: May 23, 2008

Forever Views  Sucess!

A gem of a hike in the sleepy western Catskills. The views from the firetower stretch on forever. Scared up a big hare on the summit.


Catskillhiker - Aug 28, 2009 12:39 pm Date Climbed: Aug 24, 2009

BLM  Sucess!

Easy going up hard coming down, i recommend the dry Brooke ridge trial going up, more enjoyable, failed to top out on graham this day, but BLM was awsome


bricewilson - Mar 15, 2009 7:58 am Date Climbed: Apr 30, 2005

Balsam Lake  Sucess!

Graham and Balsam Lake - fun hike.


Tahawus - Dec 16, 2008 7:18 pm Date Climbed: Apr 15, 2007

Balsam Lake Mountain  Sucess!

Climbed via the Balsam Lake Mountain Trail. A short but difficult ascent due to the shushy snow on the trail to the summit. Great views from the firetower on top.

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