3500 Series: Balsam Mountain

The North Face
The North Face
2101 Broadway
7:00AM
to 7:30PM
7:00AM to 7:30PM
Arrive by 6:45AM
Intensity
6/10
5.5 miles
1,629 feet
elevation gain
18+

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About the trip

A winter climb of a Catskills peak

What We Love

  • Catskills 3500 peak
  • Open views of the Catskills range
  • Beautiful hardwood forest
  • Fascinating regional history from your guide

Your Day

Get ready to take on one of the Catskills' highest peaks. Today's hike will have us ascend Balsam Mountain, where we'll traverse through northern hardwood forests and cross streams. exploring a diverse ecosystem of Catskill species. This mountain is one of four peaks that Catskill Mountain 3500 Club members must climb twice, at least once in winter. At 3,602 feet, this peak will reward you with some beautiful winter views and you'll head home feeling accomplished with another 3500er to add to the list!

Depending on trail conditions, snowshoes or microspikes may be required. If so, they will be provided by your guide.

Perfect for: Experienced hikers and fit adventurers seeking a full day

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Level 6/10
1,629 feet elevation gain
5.5 miles
The North Face2101 Broadway
7:00AM to 7:30PMArrive by 6:45AM
Planning

Here’s what you need

Bring

Essential Gear
  • Lunch
  • Ample snacks
  • At least three liters of water
  • Backpack. Need a recommendation? Check out Deuter!
  • Weather-appropriate clothing. For a great selection and discounts, visit our partners
  • Gaiters
  • Extra wool socks on the trail
Recommended Gear
  • Trekking or ski poles
  • A thermos of hot soup, tea, or coffee
  • Hand / Foot warmers
  • Chapstick
  • Camera
  • A dry set of clothes and shoes for the ride home (can be left in the van)

Wear

Essential Clothing
  • Ski or snowboarding gear, including a warm, waterproof jacket
  • Comfortable, moisture wicking base layers
  • Waterproof hiking boots with wool socks (required)
  • Warm hat
  • Weatherproof Gloves
  • Neck buff or balaclava
  • Sunglasses

What's Included

Included
  • Expert guides
  • Transportation
  • Park permits
  • Snowshoe or microspike rental, depending on conditions
Not Included
  • Meals
  • Gratuity for your guide

Drive to Meet

Have your own transportation? Select the "drive to meet" option at check out.  You'll meet your guide at the Plattekill Travel Plaza at 8:15 AM. Please see the map for directions.

 

Intensity

Level 6

Moderate - For fit and experienced hikers

Level 6 trips will push you with a faster pace and longer distances. This hard work allows you to see more terrain and higher vistas. You should expect to be tired and fulfilled on the van ride home.

Activity

We’ll be active for five to eight hours. Prepare for this trip by maintaining your daily fitness regime that includes both cardio and strength.

Distances

Be ready to cover some serious distance. We may hike up to eleven miles today, nearly a half-marathon.

Surfaces

We’ll be hiking on varying mountainous terrain, which will involve navigating various rock faces, loose stones, and steep, uneven trails.

Elevation Change

Up to 2,000 feet per day.

Altitude

Up to 10,000 feet.

Weather

Weather conditions can be quite different from the city in the mountainous regions we visit. Temperatures can be expected to be quite cooler as we head north or to higher elevations and we'll likely encounter more snow accumulation between early winter and spring. Keep your eyes out for an email from our team a few days in advance of your trip. That email will provide updated weather conditions and will alert you to anything additional you should put in your pack to prepare. Your guide will also make sure you have the necessary gear, such as snowshoes or microspikes, so you can have a great day in the snow. We head outside in any weather, as long as we know it's safe, and we don't let a little snow or wind ruin a chance for an adventure. You can contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions about preparing for trail conditions.