Elevation

3,610 ft / 1,100 m

#126 in New York

#36,470 in United States

Prominence

580 ft / 177 m

#171 in New York

#3,427 in United States

Summits

97 summits

#47 in New York

#179 in United States

Top climbing months

February   16%

January   16%

March   14%

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.

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