Peakbagger.com

Ascent of Balsam Mountain on 2020-03-06

Climber: David Rockwell

Date:Friday, March 6, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Balsam Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3600 ft / 1097 m

Ascent Trip Report

Left home at 4:55AM arrived at Giant Ledge trail head parking area and started hiking at 6:40AM. Barebooted to Giant Ledge then required micro spikes for the descent and ascent to Panther. It was a crisp 23 degrees and warmed to about 35 during the day. After attaining the summit of Panther I hiked back over Giant Ledge and stopped for a bit on it's summit. I removed my spikes but in hind sight should have kept them on for the descent back to the trail head. I slipped a few times on the icy spots, but luckily never went down. I then drove about 5 miles to the McKenley hollow trail head arrived at about 11 AM and hiked to Balsam Mountain. It took over 2 hours with multiple stops including stopping to build a fire and cook my ramon noodles for lunch. Bare boots to the summit. Then spikes back on during the descent on the ice. I passed the red trail and continue hiking over Haynes Mountain and onto Eagle. I arrived at Eagle summit at 3:40 PM. Decided to bushwhack off Eagle back to the car. I planned on going down the gradual slope, but backtracked too far on the blue trail before heading down the mountain. It was very steep. On the top I post holed a few dozen times breaking through the top crust. The snow was about 10inces deep under the crust. Filled my water bottle at a spring boiling out of the ground on the way down. That cold Catskill Mountain water was so refreshing. Got back to the car at 5:40 PM. And home by 7:40 PM. All in all it was a nice day of hiking, but my legs were very tired by the end. Looks like it was about 14 miles of hiking. Glad I carried a lighter pack, no tent, bag, or snowshoes.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2450 ft / 746 m
    Total Elevation Loss:450 ft / 137 m
    Route Conditions:
Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cold, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2450 ft / 746 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2000 ft / 610 m; Extra: 450 ft / 137m
    Loss on way in:450 ft / 137 m
    Distance:2.3 mi / 3.7 km
    Route:red trail to blue trail
    Start Trailhead:McKenley Hollow Road Trailhead  1600 ft / 487 m
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics



This page has been served 16 times since 2005-01-15.




Copyright © 1987-2020 by Peakbagger.com. All Rights Reserved. Questions/Comments/Corrections? See the Contact Page Terms of Service