Elevation

3,600 ft / 1,097 m

#150 in New York

#40,671 in United States

Prominence

570 ft / 174 m

#192 in New York

#4,954 in United States

Summits

185 summits

#55 in New York

#149 in United States

Top climbing months

March   15%

January   15%

February   12%

Most climbed route

OM trail to PW trail

Highlights

  • The exact height of Balsam has not been determined. Its elevation is usually given as 3600 feet, the height of its highest contour.
  • Balsam is one of four peaks which must be climbed twice, at least once in winter, for membership in the Catskill 3500 Club.
  • The McKenley Hollow trail from the southeast to Balsam has the steepest stretch of trail on any ascent of a Catskill High Peak.
14 summits • 6.0 mi • 1,856 ft gain • 3 hr 12 min
4 summits • 5.5 mi • 11,046 ft gain • 4 hr 38 min
2 summits • 9.7 mi • 2,734 ft gain • 5 hr 3 min
1 summit • 10.1 mi • 2,549 ft gain • 4 hr 46 min
1 summit • 14.5 mi • 3,237 ft gain • 5 hr 23 min
1 summit • 5.2 mi • 1,633 ft gain • 4 hr 30 min

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