Last Min. Winter Required, Balsam & Blackhead. Maybe Black Dome &Thomas Cole too

  • March 19, 2014 · 9:00 AM

Organized by Serafin

Balsam   [masked],[masked]

These 2 peaks are required for completing your Catskill 3500's. We will start out with Balsam then drive over to Blackhead.

Blackhead [masked], [masked]

This will be a moderately paced hike around 2.0 mph. The Balsam hike will be a simple in and out with pictures and snack on the summit. At Blackhead we will still hike at a faster pace to get it done, pausing only for a picture at the summit. This will be a loop hike going up and over and around the Blackhead Mt 

While we are there, time permitting we will do Black Dome & Thomas Cole as well. Thanks Jesse and Tony Aurora for suggesting it.

Micro spikes are REQUIRED!!!  

I am aiming to finish the hike by 5 pm.

Trail map 142 for Balsam
Red at the trail head to right on Blue.
Then just back track
There are signs for Balsam.

Trail Map 141 for Blackhead
Red at the trail head to Yellow
Yellow will hit Blue and go right
Then Blue to yellow then right on red back down to the parking.


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 challenge hike is key to your knowing where you are, where you're going and how to get back. 
Sunscreen, Bug spray, water and food.


(Join these hikes only at your own risk. The hike leader and those connected to this group and this website may not be held responsible for the safety or well-being of anyone who chooses to join these hikes. )

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  • Raj

    Good job Keith, Serafin & Tracy...

    4 · March 19

  • Keith

    Mission accomplished - Serafin and Tracy both done hiked Balsam and Blackhead in winter. Now you just have to climb them again at some point - woohoo! Fortunately for us, the predicted rain didn't materialize for more than a minute or two here and there. Serafin: it was good to hike with you again. Tracy: it was a real pleasure meeting you. I had a good time chatting on the trails and I hope to see you again soon.

    3 · March 19

    • Cepaфин

      Keith thanks for coming out and joining me so I didn't have to go it solo. And thanks Tracy for coming out with us. It was good hiking with both of you again. Now I'm setting my sights on Slide for Friday.

      2 · March 19

  • Keith

    Are you still doing this tomorrow? If so, would you prefer to have company (rather than doing it solo)? I had some work stuff cancel that was scheduled for tomorrow and can accompany you, if you like. Looks like you're starting at McKinley Hollow for Balsam, correct? Also, just as a heads up, the link for the Blackhead trailhead, above, also goes to a map for Balsam's McKinley Hollow trailhead.

    1 · March 18

    • Cepaфин

      Yes, see you there!

      March 18

    • Cepaфин

      Keith if you are still planning on coming I would appreciate the company. Thanks for the heads up on the link. Hope to see you at McKinley Hollow for Balsam.

      March 19

  • Keith

    I'll plan on meeting you at the McKinley Hollow trailhead for Balsam tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m. (since the description says you'll be starting there). See you then . . .

    1 · March 18

  • Cepaфин

    While we are there, time permitting we will do Black Dome & Thomas Cole as well. Thanks Jesse and Tony Aurora for suggesting it.

    1 · March 18

  • Raj

    Oh you waited to last minute huh !!!!!

    March 17

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  • Cepaфин
    Kali-eskrima Perimeter Man
    Event Host
  • Tracy
    30+ events
  • Keith
    35er, Herbert Van Horsenforth, 100+ events

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