Elevation

3,610 ft / 1,100 m

#131 in New York

#38,041 in United States

Prominence

580 ft / 177 m

#176 in New York

#4,150 in United States

Summits

135 summits

#61 in New York

#172 in United States

Top climbing months

February   14%

March   14%

January   13%

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.
13 summits • 6.0 mi • 1,856 ft gain • 3 hr 20 min
2 summits • 9.7 mi • 2,734 ft gain • 5 hr 4 min
2 summits • 5.5 mi • 11,046 ft gain • 5 hr 36 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

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