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Nice hike. Took us four hours moving slowly. About like Giant Ledges in terrain. Great view spot at the top but for us it was a view of fog. It opened up enough to see it could be very nice. If you do the loop go clockwise, yellow-blue-red. The red trail hugs the creek and crosses several times. Better to get wet at the end.

Did my own route to Balsam and Eagle. Only one vista. It was def an easier high peak going up both mountains.

We parked our cars at Rider Hollow trail parking lot and shuttled back to Biscuit Brooke trail parking lot and began the hike from there. It’s about a 35 minute drive. First stop was Big Indian (herd path on your right to the top and sign canister) then we hit Eagle Mountain, but there’s a nice rest stop before the end of marked trail. I walked it and there’s nothing but dead trees so don’t even bother going further. After that we hit an unknown summit, even tho is marked in the trail map there’s no herd path for it, it’s just along the trail so we kept going. Lastly we hit, Balsam mountain and that’s where it finally pays off. It’s a nice beautiful view to rest and take pictures. Then we continued on the trail and made a left and worked our way down back to the finish line Rider Hollow trail parking. Just to give you a heads up, the night before it rained cats and dogs so almost all the trails became small creeks. There’s also one huge creek where we had to take our shoes off and cross it barefoot but most of us just walked right through with our boots because we were already drenched. It was pointless to take your boots off because everything was filled with water and mud. There is a huge tree trunk on the right side of that creek where you’d walk a herd path but you have to literally ride that thing to the other side and it’s not very safe. Either way, I were you I’ll wear small socks and carry swimming shoes or sandals and cross it carefully and then put your boots back on. Other than that it was a very steep hike. It wasn’t easy but it was a great experience. After I finished the hike on Rider Hollow rd i literally took my clothes off and went for a dip on the creek that’s next to the lot. It’s a big creek and shallow. It felt so good lol. I would also recommend bringing in a portable grill, a cooler with some hot dogs, steak and some drinks. We made a mistake in eating at a local restaurant and we literally waited 2 hours or more for our food and we spent $300 for 10 people. The food was good (no burgers...) but the service was dead slow. Drive to a campground, stay the night, build a camp fire, set up shop, bring your own drinks and grill your own food. It’ll be way cheaper and more fun. Trust me on that one.

hiking
3 months ago

Quick hike, rocky. Went counterclockwise, poles for the descent are handy. Lovely view from top.

This was a perfect day to do a spring snowshoe hike. The trail was riddled with postholes. After seeing this I tried my best to smooth out the trail. The carin for Eagle Mountain was buried.

This was a nice snowshoe hike. There was plenty of snow pack that is covered the cairn on Eagle Mountain summit. The two rocks that mark the summit of Haynes Mountain were covered in the snow. On top of Haynes Mountain you could the eastern half of the Devils Path and Graham and Balsam Lake Mountains.

Awesome view of Rt 28 winding through the valley. long and steep both up and down.

Monday, October 02, 2017

Great time! Challenging bushwhack. A compass is a MUST! Saw a Bear and two cubs! Great, Long day. Combined this with Eagle for a triple (13.1 miles)

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Good trails, not to fond of the catskills though,

Did the Balsam loop but continued on the Pine Hill West trail to climb Eagle Mountain. Saw a few coyotes near the top of Eagle.

snowshoeing
Monday, January 23, 2017

Good for a snowshoe bushwhack from Big Indian to Fir. No views at top.

hiking
Monday, August 18, 2014

I used the first 2.5 miles of this trail to bushwhack to Big Indian and Fir Mountains. The first .7 of a mile are somewhat steep and very rocky then the trail levels out and the going gets very easy. There are several water crossings (West Branch Neversink River). Two of these crossing are rough-hewn log crossings, others require rock hopping and could be hazardous if the waters are swollen (today it was easy). The trail starts to climb again at about 2 miles, paralleling a stream/river. After about 4.5 miles I left the trail and headed into the woods (east) and bushwhacked to Big Indian and then continued east to Fir, about 1.5 miles away (bushwhack). Then I headed south from Fir to a point about 2 miles south where my bushwhack joined back up with the original trail and eventually the trailhead. Various other sites indicate the bushwhack to Fir is a moderate hike. It was hard for me. I am not adding a "track" to this hike, you'll have to find these two trail-less peaks on your own. If you can read a map and use a compass it should not be hard.

Can do a nice loop, lean too is if you stay on the trail to the right. It's been at least a year since I've gone but if you loop you get to the top of the mountain and there are small area's to see the senery if not cloudy.

hiking
8 months ago

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