At about 5 miles, Balsam is one of the shortest of the 3500 peak hikes. Great views from near the summit. Plenty of bang for your buck. A lollypop loop hike with short in-and-out stick at the beginning and end. Somewhat strenuous – about 1600 feet of vertical gain.
Event Duration: 5.2 miles, 6 hours
Level of Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult
Leaders: Andes Hikers
Bring: Good hiking shoes, plenty to drink, wear moisture wicking clothing for comfort. Tick repellent. Lunch and snacks. Hiking poles are recommended.
Registration required by September 9th. Register by contacting the leader. See below.
Group size is limited to 12, so register early.
Dogs allowed: Yes
Questions about this event can be directed to: John Exter at (845) 586-4524
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: 42.102026, -74.517004