Pitchoff Mountain and Balancing Rocks Trail

MODERATE 13 reviews
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Pitchoff Mountain and Balancing Rocks Trail is a 7.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Keene, NY that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

7.9 miles 2660 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

This rocky ridge parallels NY 73 and provides excellent views of the High Peaks wilderness to the south. This can be done as an end-to-end hike with two cars-or park at one end and catch a ride to the other or it can be done as in and back out from the one side or the other. This is an enjoyable hike for all skill levels that offers excellent views into the High Peaks. There are several steep rock scrambles so be prepared during wet and icy conditions. A fun hike up Pitchoff Mountain past some glacial erratics left behind called the "Balancing Rocks" area. The summit ridge has great views over all the high peaks too. This is a great hike for any season, just watch out if it is icy up on the rocks on the way up.

hiking
1 month ago

This hike is wonderful. I can't wait to do it again. we took a 3 yr old with us and it was her first hike! Although some parts of the trail are dangerously close to the cliff, this hike is definitely on my favorites list. Some very brief parts are a bit tough for an inexperienced hiker but not by any means impossible. it's mostly a nice smooth hike with a few spots of climbing due to erosion that one can easily navigate around. Don't pass it up. if st this is easily a great first hike for someone who really wants to enjoy the amazing views of the peaks. Just an FYI the trail at one point was hard to follow and we started going up some rocks. This trail near the summit needs to be marked where people have clearly gone up (they've made their own trail) to rock climb and others should continue onward for hiking. Next time I go, I'm bringing a can of paint with me to do just that. Several people took the wrong way and went straight up the rocks thinking it was the way to the summit. If you're reading this review please note to continue forward on the flat ground and you will soon find another marker. before your last ascent to the top.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike. On the day we climbed pitch off, we saw perhaps a dozen people on the mountain. Across the road, cascade had perhaps a hundred plus hikers! if u enjoy peace and quiet on your hike; this is the one for you...
We hiked this with our dog, Stella. With the exception of a few rocky ledges, five to six feet in height or so; she had no problems on the hike. On the higher areas we had to help her up/down for safety. Be advised as to this; we saw another dog try and jump about six feet from a ledge; and injure itself. Keep your pet on a leash on these areas and help them out!
The view from the summit is awesome; pitchoff isn't a high peak; but the views are first class!
This is one hike worth making!!

hiking
1 month ago

One of my favorites!

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1 year ago

Really fun hike to balanced boulders. Some parts were really steep and rocky, you have to watch your step but I think those are the fun parts. Our descent was literally only 30 minutes I think we actually fell down the mountain lol

hiking
1 year ago

Good trail

hiking
1 year ago

This is a nice, quick hike when you aren't feeling up to doing a "46er". We had the whole mountain to ourselves on a Saturday in March. However, you wouldn't know this from the parking every because everyone is heading up Cascade Mountain.

hiking
3 years ago

It was a gorgeous day:) The views of the slides across the way were amazing and the hike was nice, we were going to stop at Balanced Rock, a scenic spot half way but it was going so well we ventured to the summitt. Easy- bit tricky on the ice but totally doable with Microspikes!!!

hiking
4 years ago

This was one of our first tougher family hikes to get us going on the high peaks. We parked at the Lower Cascade Lake trailhead and hiked up and over to the peak - although the views are best before the actual peak. All together our GPS logged us as 6.8 miles RT and about 6 hours as we really took our time to enjoy the trails and the summit. We enjoyed a great trail and wonderful views. Great hike for kids who enjoy the trails.