Balsam Mountain from Rider Hollow Rd is a 5.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Arkville, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, camping, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
5.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,725 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
1 month ago

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.

backpacking
1 month ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

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

hiking
11 months ago

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

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Good trails, not to fond of the catskills though,

hiking
Thursday, March 09, 2017

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.

hiking
Friday, April 09, 2010

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.

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

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Saturday, September 09, 2017

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Saturday, September 09, 2017

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Friday, January 06, 2017

snowshoeing
Saturday, December 31, 2016

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Saturday, December 08, 2012