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Balsam Lake Mountain via Dry Brook Ridge Trail

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Balsam Lake Mountain Wild Forest

Balsam Lake Mountain via Dry Brook Ridge Trail is a 4.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Livingston Manor, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.3 mi Elevation gain 1,181 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Hiking

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Forest

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NOTE: As of January 2020, the fire tower is closed for the season. This route reaches the popular fire tower at the top of Balsam Lake Mountain. The Dry Brook Ridge Trail is blazed blue and the Balsam Lake Mountain Trail is blazed red.

New York State Division of Tourism, One Commerce Plaza , Albany, NY, 12245, Phone: 518-474-4116

Directions from Ulster County, NY: The Balsam Lake Mountain Wild Forest lies primarily in Ulster County encompassing the town of Hardenburgh and stretching to the towns of Middletown and Andes which lie in Delaware County. Trailhead parking and recreation area access is well marked. The more popular trailheads include:Dry Brook Ridge Trailhead - Located on Mill Brook Road in the town of Hardenburgh, 8 miles south of Arkville.Kelly Hollow Trailhead - Located on Mill Brook Road in the town of Middletown, 13 miles southeast of Margaretville.Alder Lake Trailhead - Located at the end of Alder Creek Road / Route 54 in the town of Hardenburgh, 18 miles north of Livingston Manor.Hardenburgh Trailhead - Located on Beaverkill Road in the town of Hardenburgh, 6 miles east of Turnwood.Balsam Lake Mountain Trailhead - Located at the eastern end of the Beaverkill Road in Hardenburgh, 8 miles east of Turnwood.

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Karen Rose
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Evan C.
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HikingBugsMuddyOver grownRocky

This is an exhilarating hike, especially if you take the Fire Tower trail (red markers) directly up to the Tower. Steep, rocky, and at times challenging, but very rewarding once you hit the summit and get to the Fire Tower clearing. The views from the top step of the Tower are spectacular. The descent via the Dry Brook Ridge Trail (blue markers) is less steep, though it does have its steep areas with lose rocks. We went early on Saturday morning and there were a good number of other hikers; not too many, but it’s definitely a popular trail. The trail is dog friendly; our pup enjoyed the loop!

Theresa Fiacchi
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Hiking

It was a nice summer day for a hike. Not much humidity, mixed sun and clouds, the first 1.2 of the trail was cake, .7 was steep/gaining much of the 1100 elevation gain then after the spring and the wet slippery rock section it’s at an easy grade again.

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Joanne Amomonpon
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HikingMuddyRocky

we went clockwise! probably would be easier counterclockwise. great hike! would rate moderate. great view from the fire tower

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Dale Beckwith
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Hiking

The trailhead is harder to drive than the hike itself. The windy roads in are enough to make you puke up your trail mix. The hike was very easy. When you turn left at the trail leading to the summit the trail gets steeper. The footing is pretty good with some gravely spots. The view from the summit fire tower are awesome. The top was locked but the staircase was open.

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Nicholas Routzen
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Gregg Pajak
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Emmet Moeller
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HikingIcySnow

We had a great time on this trail yesterday - used snowshoes and spikes depending on the snow depth. One note: the last section of road to the trailhead/parking is currently snowed in/blocked off and you have to walk 1 mile just to get to the trailhead. Keep in mind for winter timing.

Todd Hazard
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HikingFloodedMuddy

Nice trail. Unseasonably mild temps today 55 in parking lot 47 up top. Trail is flooded up top. We took alternate route down and had what looked like a river running down the trail in spots. Cabin of fire tower closed for the season but spectacular views from upper staircases

Tracy Buchholz
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HikingScrambleSnow

Great trail. Not busy. Snow covered and definitely drops in temp as you hike up. The view from the fire tower is legit.

Sara M.
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HikingRockyScrambleSnow

Great trail. Snow was knee deep in places. Spikes helped. Snow shoes and trekkers would have been better. Fortunately a couple of sisters broke trail ahead of me. Up and down the steep face. I imagine without the snow and up the right hand face, this would be a pleasant hike in the woods for just about any skill level. But man, that conifer forest along the summit ridge drenched in snow was magical. Firetower at sunset. Descent lit by a rosy moon turned that whole mountain purple. Don't regret a minute of it.

Ginger Rouse
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Snowshoes required, 4’ of snow currently.

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Theresa Mandigo
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Hiking

Great hike. Not much snow. Took steeper trail up and down, not too bad. Very windy at the top.

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Amanda Faust
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Yaakov Rosenthal
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HikingRockySnow

Great hike for two seniors who are in shape. (69 and 72). We went up the right side and down the left side. That was a good choice. The right side is a mile longer so it’s less steep. Very enjoyable trail we would go back.

Yaakov Rosenthal
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gopal Subramaniam
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This hike is moderately difficult if attempted via the red markers that branch from the main trail. It is a great hike through Balsam trees with fantastic views from the top.

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Shadey Mercado
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HikingMuddyRocky

Nice hike, beautiful view. Started snowing a little when I was up there.

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