Pitchoff Mountain and Balancing Rocks Trail

MODERATE 40 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, New York that features a lake 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.

DISTANCE
7.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2109 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

scramble

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.

17 days ago

ok...not great

hiking
17 days ago

ok...not great

17 days ago

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18 days ago

1 month ago

hiked it with my dog. great hike except for the Parts of trail where you have To climb steep rocky pitches that was a challenge for the dog. Trail definetly needs more markers. easy To take the wrong path specially in the with the leaves on the ground.

Hiked this with my dog in September.. Beautiful views up top. Personally I thought it was challenging for my dog and I helped him down 1 or 2 steep areas rather than risking him getting hurt by taking a big jump. The first part of the hike is easy which gets you warmed up for the upcoming rock scrambles. We saw a family with young kids on the trail and the kids had the butt slide perfected. All in all a great hike with rewarding views.

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2 months ago

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3 months ago

The trail is hard to follow at times. I got lost a handful of times. There is no view from the summit. You have to go about 5 minutes after the true summit to get to a rocky area with a pretty decent view. It was not crowded at all. I was up at the summit for 1.5 hours and one man just popped in and out. It is pretty good for being alone and enjoying the sounds, but other hikes are probably better instead of this one.

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6 months ago

We did the Traverse of the whole range. It was a good hike with excellent views on the east end of the ridge.

7 months ago

Nice hike. Across the street from Cascade. View is nicer at Cascade

7 months ago

snowshoeing
10 months ago

This was a nice snowshoe hike. The trail was already broken in from the groups from yesterday. There was fresh powder on the trail but not too bad. The trail was well packed from the people that was out today. The summit is not that amazing since there are no views from it. You can get a good look at the summit of Cascade Mountain while you're hiking. On the way out we opted for trail crampons instead of snowshoes since the trail was packed down. Overall it was a nice hike that I wouldn't mind doing in the summer.