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Catskill 3500 : Friday, BC Peaks! Catskill Bushwhack

  • Friday / Balsam Cap Parking Lot

    Moonhaw Road, West Shokan, NY (map)

    41.972942 -74.309258

  • Black Honda Element[masked]

    2 PEAKS!

    Friday , Balsam Cap 


     Any sign of rain and I will cancel

    Meeting Times: 8:00am Meet at the Parking area on Moonhaw Road MAP TO PARKING AREA


    Total Distance: approximately 10 miles (4000 feet elevation gain)

    Estimated hiking time: 6 hours

    Protective eyeware required!!! (Sun glasses or goggles, no really - you really might need this)

     Bring gaiters! 

    WITH GSP, maps and compass




    Balsam Cap is often climbed in conjunction with Friday. Although not one of the tallest peaks, Friday does hold the greatest vertical climb in the Catskills!!! There are areas of steep rock faces and dense evergreens. The hike between the two peaks is not easy unless you know the way.  :)

    View from Balsam Cap

    The Cliffs of Friday Mtn.


    The Route


    Catskill Hiker Website

















    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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  • Richard

    So Tracy and Johnny you guys are going right?

    May 2

    • Tracy

      I am in and psyched! Still new to bushwacking- this is only my 4th/ 5th bushwacking but need em for my 35's :) See you at 8 am?

      May 2

    • Johnny K

      Can't get south to you. Grrr. :'(

      May 2

  • Joseph D.

    Richard, Newbie to the group. Would like to join Hike if possible. Have done a few of the Catkill Peaks and 12 of the ADKs. Would consider my self a Moderate hiker. I'm 54

    May 2

  • Jim

    Sorry Rich - cant make it tomorrow, will catch up with you again soon

    May 2

    • Richard

      Ok Jim! Its been awhile!

      May 2

  • A former member
    A former member

    wish it was on a saturday other than kentucky derby day! :[

    have fun though!!

    April 28

    • Vad

      Wish it was a little later! Man, you are an early riser, Richard!

      April 30

  • Brian C

    "Crampon" & moonshine required !!! lol

    2 · April 30


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