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    1 week, 3 days ago
    This trail leads to Graham Mt (PRIVATE- advance permission required.) Start at the DEC parking area at the end of Beaverkill Road. Take the Dry Brook Ridge trail (blue markers) which follows an old road with a gentle ascent. Pass the red trail to Balsam Lake Mt on your left at 0.9 and again at 1.9 miles. The herd path to Graham is about 0.25 miles further on the right bearing E-SE. The path is very easy to follow, mostly easy grades with steeper pitches toward the summit. Reach the vegetated summit at about 4 miles. Ruins of an old radio transmitter station on top. Very limited views in summer.
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    1 month, 1 week ago
    Extremely pretty alternate route up to Balsam Mtn.
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    1 month, 3 weeks ago
    Lots of muddy spots from previous rain. Definitely take the blue trail up and the red trail down!
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    5 months ago
    Hiked in winter with half-inch of snow. The biggest challenge for this hike is negotiating the multiple water crossings--with medium or high water a few crossings can be dicey with few options for rock-hopping. Very modest elevation gain for the first 2 miles as the trail follows an attractive stream. Solid footing through the steeper section as the trail climbs out of the hollow. Very peaceful, easy climb from the col to Eagle Mt summit. No views. Overall, a pleasant walk in the woods. Great option for beginning snowshoeing.
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    5 months, 2 weeks ago
    This is one of the easier hikes I’ve done in the Catskills. I got immediately off trail (which is easy to do at the start) and walked into Elm Ridge Forest, passing a long line of dramatic rock outcroppings. (I would recommend doing this: take a slight left at the sign for the LEAN TO.) Back on the main trail, there are some beautiful woods to walk through, especially two tall hardwood forests which were really magical; I’ll come here again just to walk through these two stands. Some views of the Blacks on the way up to the summit which is flat and exposed, with wonderfully gnarly trees on either side of the trail. On a clear day, the view north from the eastern ledge must be pretty good.
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    6 months ago
    The first part of the hike was quite icy at times to the point where hiking without spikes would require going off trail. The second half after turning right on the huckleberry point trail was relatively ice free and gradual. Great hike, not too strenuous and a great view at the end
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