Catskill 3500 Series
Balsam Lake & Graham Mountains
Any sign of Rain and I will cancel or move to a different date
Total Mileage: 10 miles
Total Elevation Gain: 2000 feet
Estimated Hike Time: 6 hours
Special Gear / Requirements: Cold weather wicking clothing & insulating layers, waterproofing layer, puffy coat for stoppages, boot traction (snowshoes and microspikes TBD), food/water as you feel is appropriate, first aid, trail conference map #142, camera!
Richard -Black Ops
Meetup Times and Locations:
9:00am - Mill Brook Road Parking
Getting there: Take the New York State Thruway to exit 19: Kingston. Keep right for Route 28 west. After 35 miles turn left into the entrance road to Belleayre Ski Area (county route 49A). Pass all of the Belleayre parking entrances, staying on 49A for about 5.5 miles. Turn left on county route 49 and go about 1.4 miles then turn right by the old barn on Mill Brook Road - go 2.2 miles to the parking lot on the right.
Route description: 10 miles distance, 2000 feet of total elevation gain. We go up the Dry Brook Ridge Trail (blue) just over 2 very gentle miles to a junction then turn right on the Balsam Lake Mountain Trail (red) trail which we take steeply 3/4 of a mile to the fire tower. Back down the red and rejoin blue until we come upon a old woods road on the right which we follow nearly two miles to the summit of Graham. Back down the woods road, right on blue back to the cars.
Route Map (from the north):
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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