Catskill Bushwhack: Balsam Lake, Graham & Doubletop

This event is for advanced hikers only. Moderate pace on challenging terrain.


For peakbaggers looking for these three mountains, we'll start from Beaver Kill Road in Hardenburgh, NY. From the parking area near Balsam Lake we will take the Dry Brook Ridge Trail to the Balsam Lake Mtn Trail passed the fire tower on Balsam Lake Mountain. We'll retrace our steps and briefly reconnect with the Dry Brook Ridge Trail before taking the unmarked woods road to the summit of Graham with partial views from the ruins of the old communication tower on top of Graham. Then the true Bushwhack from Graham to Doubletop begins. Once signing the canister on Doubletop we'll descend in a southwesterly direction to Tunnis Pond and take the Neversink-Hardenburgh Trail back to the beginning.


Mileage: 11-13 miles depending on exact route

Elevation: approx. 3400 feet elevation gain

Expect 8-9 hours of hiking.


Gear List: Traction Aids (microspikes), Trail Map - Catskill #142, Hiking poles (recommended), Sturdy footwear, Wicking clothing - absolutely no cotton, Headlamp + spare batteries, Food & water


Disclaimer: I am not a professional guide and you are at all times responsible for your own safety. Partaking in any outdoor activity has inherent risks and you should be aware that injuries have happened in the past. Only you are responsible for your own safety. The organizers, event host, and Other members of the meetup will not be held liable for your actions. Signing up for this meetup Indicates that you have read and understand the above conditions.

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  • David L.

    Chris, thanks for a great hike, and for letting me lead the parts of the bushwhack, and make some mistakes. I definitely learned some things. I was great to see everyone else too. It was a fun.

    January 20, 2014

  • Eric

    Not feeling 100% this morning.

    January 18, 2014

  • Melissa M.

    Dave...please don't forget your boots!!!

    January 18, 2014

  • Chris D.

    When driving in to the Seager Trailhead, do not cross either of the covered bridges. Also, once we meet at the trailhead, we will have a quick 10-15 minute shuttle to the start of the hike. See you in the morning.

    January 17, 2014

    • Chris D.

      Yeah. Seager. I've heard Beaver Kill Rd. is not treated in winter, so I changed plans. Plus, believe it not, it's a quicker drive to Seager than Beaver Kill.

      January 17, 2014

    • Jesse

      Yep - looks like you're right - mixed reports online - it gets plowed but maybe not right away, and regardless that one steep hill might be too icy. Blah, can't get it in!

      January 17, 2014

  • Dorothy

    we will be at Brios 4/5pm :) Hope y'all join us

    January 17, 2014

  • David L.

    Chris, Did you mean to put a different trailhead in the map link? It does not seem to match with the route description.

    January 17, 2014

    • David L.

      Chris, Change of plans. I will attend the hike. That is my final answer. Please send me the email with the additional info. Thx

      January 17, 2014

    • Chris D.

      LOL. Sent email. Let me know if you don't get it.

      January 17, 2014

  • Dorothy

    damn i love this hike!

    January 17, 2014

  • Jesse

    I am doing Balsam Lake from Beaverkill - Winter #34! Probably don't have time for the others. I may or may not start early. See you there!

    January 17, 2014

  • Rachel F.

    Anyone who'd like to give a ride? I will share the gas. I live in nyc midtown west.

    1 · January 16, 2014

  • David L.

    Chris, Raj and I were planning to do these peaks on Monday, but I am considering joining your hike instead. Were you able to contact the caretaker for Doubletop and get permission to go on the private land? I had a very unpleasant experience coming off Doubletop this fall. I got yelled at by hunters for trespassing, and could not say much, because the hike leader did not call to get the ok.

    January 15, 2014

    • Chris D.

      permission granted.

      January 15, 2014

    • David L.

      Thanks

      January 16, 2014

  • Emmi

    Hi guys, is anyone driving up from the city?

    January 14, 2014

  • kevin

    Can I bring a cotton bandana? Those hydrophobic hankies reek havoc on my winter-weary nose. Nonsense aside, awesome route choice; I've looked at the SW side of DT/Tunis Pond area on the map a bunch and it will be cool (or cold, as it may be) to check it out.

    1 · January 13, 2014

    • Chris D.

      I'm looking at it as a possibility. Will update later in the week. I need to make sure Beaver Kill Rd. is accessible for winter.

      January 14, 2014

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