ⓘ Balsam Lake Mountain

                                     

ⓘ Balsam Lake Mountain

Balsam Lake Mountain is one of the Catskill Mountains, located in the Town of Hardenburgh, New York, United States. It is the westernmost of the ranges 35 High Peaks. Its exact height has not been determined, but the highest contour line on topographic maps, 3.720 feet, is usually given as its elevation.

Located in balsam lake mountain wild forest management Catskill Park forest preserve, in the late 19th century its summit became the site of the first fire lookout tower in the state, operated by members of the neighboring athletes of the club. He was later captured by States for the conservation agencies, which have built several improved towers on the site, one of which remains, together with its ancillary buildings and was listed on the National register of historic places, although it has not been used for fire detection since 1988. The summit also on site is a rare sphagnum bog that has been affected by acid rain since the mid-20th century, a hurricane blew down many trees sheltering it at the time.

The tower and the views it commands, as well as the ease of access to the old road, the truck to the tower has made it a popular attraction for tourists, despite mountains of a remote location. Many peakbaggers seeking membership in the Catskill mountain 3500 club, for which the lake balm is a must peak.