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Tuesday night hike!!! Balsam Lake- 3500 Winter

 

TUESDAY NIGHT SPECIAL!

Winter Catskill Tuesday night 3500 Series

Hike Balsam Lake in the DARK!

Countdown to Matt and Joy's FINAL WINTER PEAKS!

 

 



HVH brings to you new and unique ways to get to the top of NY's tallest peaks. This hike will take us on a 6.2 mile trek to the summit of Balsam Lake. Be sure to have a headlamp with extra batteries, boot traction will be needed.

Total Mileage: 6+
Total Elevation Gain:  2,000
Estimated Hike Time: 4 hours
Special Gear / Requirements: Winter layers and traction, possibly snowshoes, headlamp.


Who's Organizing?
Chris Baker
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Meetup Times and Locations: Tuesday Jan. 14th @ 6pm
6:00 - Mill Brook Rd. - Prompt start at 6:10pm

Google map link to the trail head


Web links for additional information:
1) http://www.catskillhiker.com/balsamlake.html




We are only hiking Balsam Lake / Fire tower. 


Elevation Profile:



Fire Tower:

 

 

"Bushwhack" to Graham:




NOTE: You are responsible for bringing appropriate gear, supplies, clothing, first aid, and lights. You should review topographic maps and trail features carefully; understanding topography of any hike is key to your knowing where you are, where you're going, and how to get back.

See suggestions for GEAR on the "About" page for additional gear ideas.
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  • Matt N

    This was Kim's 50th event, and Kevin C's 10th event!

    1 · January 17, 2014

  • Keith

    There was a bit of rain early in the hike (for those who started earlier to also hike up Graham Mountain before heading to Balsam Lake Mountain), but it wasn't anything that rain gear didn't handily take care of, and before too long it transformed into a lovely light snow. Thanks to Brent and Tony for practically sprinting up and over to Graham Mountain with me, and providing their usual high standard of great company along the way . . . and it was - as always - great meeting up with everyone else at Brio's afterwards for some delicious tacos and hot spiced cider. Another superb Tuesday night hike.

    2 · January 15, 2014

  • Joy

    Easy hike & tasty tacos.

    Where was Manning??

    2 · January 15, 2014

    • Matt N

      You better stop having meetings and get out hiking! Have your meeting afterwards at Brios!

      January 15, 2014

    • Joy

      I am impressed with your new found finesse on Meet Up. That said, I hope your boss doesn't get in the way of your Taco Tuesdaying next week!

      January 15, 2014

  • Kim

    All-star group, yummy tacos, good times!

    1 · January 15, 2014

  • Brent H.

    Great hike. Thanks to Keith for leading the early group on a very fast trip to Graham. Sorry to miss Chris. 6 peaks to go.

    4 · January 15, 2014

  • Matt N

    Easy hike with a nice snowy surprise at the summit! We even saw some baby bear tracks (but luckily no bears). Great group to hike with and a ton of fun at Brio's afterwards as usual!

    January 15, 2014

  • A.(Toni)Aurora

    Great hike with awesome people !!!!!

    January 15, 2014

  • Matt N

    Tomorrow's Forecast:

    Hike time start temp 35-40, getting down to near 30 or upper 20s by hike end.

    Good amount of rain earlier in the day, but expecting the steadiest stuff to be outta here by 3pm, then drying out as the evening progresses.

    Light winds. Bring microspikes (was a ton of ice yesterday on Wittenberg/Cornell)

    January 13, 2014

    • Matt N

      Now looking even rainier..still hopeful that the moderate/heavier stuff is out by 530ish, but the early goers will probably see steady precip looking at things now...

      January 14, 2014

    • Brent H.

      Drizzling here at 3:30. Gonna be a sloppy one

      January 14, 2014

  • Keith

    I'll take 3 bean tacos, Mr. H . . . thank you kindly . . .

    January 13, 2014

    • Kim

      2 bean and 1 beef. Thanks!

      January 14, 2014

    • Megumi

      Are we taking orders? 2 bean tacos for me, please!

      January 14, 2014

  • Chris B.

    So this is sad... I have meetings that I can't get out of tonight. I will not be there :(

    January 14, 2014

  • Matt H

    I'm considering doing either S/W or Rusk instead and meeting you guys at Brios

    January 13, 2014

    • Matt H

      Can do. Everyone (who knows they are going), please comment on what type and how many tacos you want. Nuss or Baker - text me when you are on your way over,

      1 · January 13, 2014

    • Kim

      I don't know if there is reception at the trailhead, but if there is reception at the peak we can text with the time we are there, so you have at least some idea of when we're arriving.

      January 14, 2014

  • Megumi

    Would anyone like to carpool from the Newburgh area?

    January 14, 2014

    • Megumi

      Or from New Paltz?

      January 14, 2014

  • Keith

    I just confirmed with Tony and Brent that they're going to join me in trekking over to Graham (before heading to Balsam Lake) tomorrow. We plan on meeting at the trailhead at about 3:30 p.m.

    1 · January 13, 2014

  • Matt N

    If all goes according to plan, this will be Jesse's and Dorothy's last winter ascent!

    November 23, 2013

    • Kim

      I guess I lied about this b/c I've hiked every weekend in winter so far. Haha

      1 · January 9, 2014

    • Matt H

      That would be true if either Jesse or Dorothy were still signed up ;P

      January 13, 2014

  • Keith

    Since the trek to Graham's summit from the main trail, and back is about a 4 mile round-trip I will likely be starting from the trail head around 3:45 p.m.

    January 9, 2014

    • Kim

      We were talking about possibly starting this hike a bit earlier (5:45ish) so that we can potentially make tacos...according to Google maps Brio's is 30-35 minutes from the trailhead. We should be able to go pretty quickly on the descent as it isn't too steep.

      January 9, 2014

  • Keith

    I hope to start this a bit early, do Graham while I'm there and meet you all back on the final leg up to Balsam Lake.

    3 · December 30, 2013

  • Kim

    I intially had wanted to do this in the daytime since I know there some views from the fire tower, but f that...want to get it done!

    1 · December 26, 2013

    • Matt N

      It is great in the summer if you bring binoculars...lots of awesome birds up there!

      1 · December 26, 2013

    • Manning

      Did I read that right? Did our dear, sweet Kim say " f that!" Oh my, the shock!

      January 9, 2014

  • Kim

    Maybe, but no for now.

    December 15, 2013

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