The Graham and Balsam Lake Mountains are part of the Catskills in New York. Trail. Please note permission is required to hike up to Graham Mountain. Balsam Lake and Graham 07/06/2008 . Level of Difficulty: Difficult; bushwhack . On Friday, August 2nd, I was ready to get out and hike with my grandson Bryce. You’re supposed to call to get permission first since it’s private property. Just finished a trip from the Catskills and a hike up to the top of this mountain. Fire tower was locked at the top, which was a bummer. At present this permission is available only to local residents. Volunteer was very friendly and informative as well! Graham Mountain is on Private Property. We’ll hike about 10 miles, over 3 Catskills high peaks: Doubletop (3874′), Graham (3868′), and Balsam Lake (3729′), with a total ascent of about 3300′. After approximately a 650-foot ascent and 2 miles you will reach the trailhead for Graham Mountain. My feet were wet by the end, but it was a great day to hike. About 6 hours in total. Take New York State Thruway to Exit 19 (Kingston). 9.84 miles round trip from the DEC Parking Lot on Mill Brook Road. This is a very popular trek and very easy to obtain from the on-ground caretaker. It was a great trail. Nice hike. Unfortunately, time was not on our side, but lucky for us, there is a well-defined herd path (more like unmaintained trail) down from Graham. For permission call (845) 586-4099, Monday-Friday during business hours. BUT, if you hike Graham Mountain, you WILL need permission. You’ll be pretty much making a u-turn to follow the unmaintained trail. Anyway, I just did this hike with 2-3 inches of snow on the ground. It turns into a seasonal road and the snow maintenance is spotty. With binoculars, or a long lens, you can see the ruins on the summit. The mountain has one of five reconstructed and maintained fire towers in the Catskill Park. Thanks to Mark Schafer and others for their input on these trails. not much to see on the trail but view from tower is impressive, worth the 3 mi there and 3 mi back. This is the original vehicle road to the Balsam Lake Mountain Fire Tower. Easy trail to Balsam Lake Mountain with stunning views from the fire tower. Quick Look – Graham from Beaverkill; Difficulty Round trip Total climb Location Balsam Lake is a lovely evergreen mountaintop with an expansive firetower view! Note that the entrance on Beaver Kill Rd may be somewhat difficult to access in some cars. We hiked the 6 mile route to the fire tower and back. There is no signage to point you to the Graham Mt trail but you will see notice which indicates that you have reached private land. We tackled this from the north side this time. Dry Brook Ridge Trail (2.05 miles and 800′ ascent from Dry Brook Ridge Parking (north) to herd path to Graham OR 1.90-miles and 825′ ascent from Balsam Lake Parking Area (south) to herd path to Graham) Dry Brook Ridge Parking | Balsam Lake Parking Area Both approaches (south vs. north) are about the same … I changed my mind when I remembered that it was the 100th anniversary of the Balsam Lake Fire Tower. The path is very easy to follow, mostly easy grades with steeper pitches toward the summit. Balsam Lake Mountain Fire Tower is on public land. From Graham Hikers- Donna, Steve, Me, Murray 10.5 miles in 5 hours 31 minutes 1.9 mph. Go to the page for Graham Mountain for more hikes which include Balsam Lake … It's a little steep in some places but very manageable. Balsam Lake was a pretty nice climb, but no views from the top. This is a good and relaxing walk up to the fire tower. Balsam Lake Mountain and Graham Mountain [PRIVATE PROPERTY] is a 15.0 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Livingston Manor, New York that features a lake and is rated as difficult. Most of the snow is gone except on the north-facing and higher elevation slopes. We hiked to Balsam Lake Fire Tower for the ADK/Catskills fire tower challenge. Doubletop seen from the Balsam Lake Fire Tower. A little challenging but worth it in the end. Take a right out of the NYS Thruway toll booths onto Rt 28. Permission to hike Graham is a simple call or text from the number provided by the 3500 club website. Any of the loops can be done in either direction. The path to Graham is an unmaintained trail over private property , not difficult, quite easy to find and follow. 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