Balsam Lake Mountain, at 3,720 feet, offers many of the same species that can be found on Slide Mountain. An old jeep road provides a moderate three-mile hike, followed by a short, steep climb on a foot trail, to a fire tower on the summit. There is extensive fir-spruce boreal forest in the upper elevations and a semi-open habitat at the foot of the tower. Blackpoll Warbler is common near the summit and Mourning Warbler may be found at mid-elevations.
Directions: Take SR 28 west of Kingston to Highmount. Turn left onto CR 49A and go past the Belleayre State Ski Area. Follow CR 49A (about 6 miles on Galli-Curci and Todd Mountain roads), turn left onto CR 49 (Dry Brook Rd), go approx. 1-1/2 miles and turn right onto Millbrook Road. Continue about 2 miles to the trailhead parking area on the right. The trail is across the road and uphill.
Latitude, Longitude: 42°04’24″N, 74°34’42″W
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