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5+ Mile Hikes

Balsam Lake Mountain, Hardenburgh New York

The hike begins as you hike along an old jeep trail, gaining a little elevation. At about 2 miles, we will turn right at the trail junction, and proceed up a steeper trail with switchbacks. After passing through thick conifers, we will reach the ranger station and then the summit, with a restored 1930 fire tower that is 47 feet tall. From the fire tower, you can see the Pepactan Reservoir. Balsam Lake Mountain was the site of the first fire tower in New York, a wooden tower built in 1887. The hike is just less than 6 miles round-trip with an elevation gain of 1,147 feet. The summit stands at 3,731 feet above sea level making it the 17th highest peak in the Catskills.

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Hunter Mountain, Hunter New York

Following the Spruceton Trail, the hike begins along Hunter Brook. We will cross a small bridge and start the ascent. At 1.5 miles, the trail turns and begins to gain elevation quickly. At 2.2 miles, we will reach a lean-to in a flat open area with views of Rusk, Evergreen, Sherrill, North Dome, and West Kill. The trail will ascend into an evergreen forest and at about 3 miles; we will reach an open rock path and climb the final distance to the summit, having hiked 3.2 miles with an elevation gain of 1950 ft. At the summit, there is an observer's cabin and a 60-foot fire tower built in 1917. The summit of Hunter, at 4,040 feet is the second highest in the Catskills. Leaving the summit, we will follow the Hunter Loop trail to a spot with great views to the south. Then we continue to descend through forests that change from conifer to hardwood. The loop trail hike is a little over eight miles with great views!

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Indian Head, Keene Valley New York

Indian Head has one of the most spectacular views in the Adirondacks. Located near the northern end of Lower Ausable Lake, it rises 750 feet above the water. The viewpoint faces south, with mountains rising steeply on both sides of the lake, with Upper Ausable Lake visible south of Lower Ausable Lake. You can sit on the flat rocks of Indian Head and soak in the view. The overall length of the hike is a little over 10 miles and travels a gradual ascending road before a short, steep ascent up Indian Head. Side trips to Rainbow & Beaver Meadow Falls are included.

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Moxham Mountain, Minerva New York

Moxham Mountain is located in the Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest in Essex County. The trail starts through a forest, descends to a beaver meadow, then ascends the ridge to the summit. There are many viewpoints along the trail, including views of the surrounding mountains and the Moxham cliffs. The summit is at the top of these cliffs, offering expansive views of the surrounding landscape. This is a 5.4 mile round-trip hike with 1,152 feet of elevation gain.

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Slide Mountain, Shandaken New York

Slide Mountain is the highest peak in the Catskills, at 4,190 feet. The trail is a round trip hike of 5.4 miles with an elevation gain of 1,760 feet. The trail passes through a hardwood forest before it transitions to conifers around 3,500 feet. Near the summit, the trail passes an overlook on the left, which offers an expansive view of other peaks before finally reaching the open summit. Views from the summit include other Catskill peaks and the Ashokan Reservoir.

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Tremper Mountain, Phoenicia New York

Mount Tremper or Tremper Mountain, as it is commonly known, is located in the Esopus Valley. The Phoenicia Trail, also part of the Long Trail, gains 1,960 feet of elevation in 2.8 miles as it passes a quarry, several springs, and a lean-to. After reaching the summit, you will find a firetower that was built in 1916 and restored in 2001. The fire tower offers expansive views of the Esopus Valley and the surounding Catskill High Peaks.

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