Snowshoe hike to 3607′ Balsam Mountain at a moderate pace. One of our favorite Catskill hikes, this loop has a bit of everything. There are a few water crossings, so waterproof boots, gaiters, extra wool socks and hiking poles are a must. There will be a nice view down the Esopus Valley from near the summit. This is a required winter peak for 3500 Club qualifications.
Event Duration: 5.2 miles, 6 hours
Level of Difficulty: Difficult
Leader(s): Andes Hikers
Bring: Lunch, snacks, water/sports drink, waterproof boots, traction devices, snowshoes, hiking poles, dress in layered moisture wicking clothing, extra socks.
Registration required by March 13. Register by contacting the leader. See below.
Group size is limited to 12, so register early.
Dogs allowed: No
Questions about this event can be directed to: Wendell George at firstname.lastname@example.org or 845-586-6273. Be sure to provide a way to reach you the morning of the hike in case plans need to be changed. If you cannot attend, please notify the leader as soon as possible so we will not wait for you unnecessarily and so others may join us.
Driving Directions: From SR 28 in Highmount, turn south onto Galli-Curci Rd. which becomes Todd Mountain Rd. Go about 4.9 miles to Rider Hollow Rd. and turn left/southeast. Drive to the Rider Hollow P.A. at the end of the road.
From SR 28 in Arkville, turn south onto Dry Brook Rd. and travel 4.7 miles to Todd Mountain Rd. Turn left/east and go .5 mile to Rider Hollow Rd. Turn right/southeast to the Rider Hollow P.A. at the end of the road.
GPS: 42°06’07.3″N 74°31’01.2″W; 42.102026, -74.517004