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      Balsam Lake Mountain Wild Forest contains more than 13,500 acres of "forever wild" Forest Preserve located at the head of the Beaverkill Valley, an area famous as the cradle of fly fishing in America. Alder Lake is one of the few Catskills lakes with excellent trout fishing and has been referred to as "the manifestation of something better than the common things of every-day life - it is a sanctum for the spiritual renaissance of mind and the rejuvenation of the body." With an extensive trail network to several ponds, this area is ideal for hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, backpacking, canoeing and cross-country skiing.

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      The terrain is a combination of high mountain ridges, steep sided valleys, and numerous brooks and ponds, with elevations ranging from a low of 1,740 feet along Mill Brook to a high of 3,723 feet at the summit of Balsam Lake Mountain.
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      Region Details
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      Region Status
      Open as of Sep 5, 2023
      Local Trail Association

      Stats

      Trails (view details)
      18
      Trails Mountain Bike
      18
      Trails Hike
      18
      Trails Trail Running
      18
      Trails Snowshoe
      10
      Trails Backcountry Ski
      1
      Trails Nordic Ski
      11
      Total Distance
      29 miles
      Total Descent Distance
      11 miles
      Total Descent
      3,784 ft
      Total Vertical
      2,069 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      3,814 ft
      Reports
      2
      Photos
      3
      Ridden Counter
      68

      Photos of Balsam Lake Mountain Wild Forest Mountain Bike

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      May 31, 2021 @ 8:03am
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      May 31, 2021 @ 8:03am
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      Oct 11, 2020 @ 3:27pm
      Oct 11, 2020

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      Dry Brook Ridge Trail
      May 31, 2021 @ 8:03am
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      Activity Feed

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      WillieJacobszupdateregionactivity #46789308
      Nov 29, 2023 @ 9:22am
      Nov 29, 2023
      Suepannoshepardwishlistregionactivity #44569334
      Sep 26, 2023 @ 7:57pm
      Sep 26, 2023
      Suepannoshepardwishlisttrailactivity #44569218
      Sep 26, 2023 @ 7:54pm
      Sep 26, 2023
      Bmdudawishlisttrailactivity #34340646
      Oct 8, 2022 @ 11:39am
      Oct 8, 2022
      Mtburdick1979wishlistregionactivity #33653946
      Sep 17, 2022 @ 6:22am
      Sep 17, 2022

      Nearby Areas

      namedistance
      Dry Brook Ridge Wild Forest 1 3 16.2 km
      Willowemoc Wild Forest 21 57.2 km
      Belleayre Mountain Resort 5 58.3 km
      Shadaken Wild Forest 3 19.1 km
      Sundown Wild Forest 214.7 km

      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike1829 miles3,783 ft11 miles2,070 ft
      #7,287124
      Hike1829 miles3,783 ft11 miles2,070 ft
      #5,74022331
      Trail Running1829 miles3,783 ft11 miles2,070 ft
      #5,38422
      Snowshoe1011 miles1,145 ft5 miles1,709 ft
      #1,5321
      Backcountry Ski13 miles528 ft1 mile499 ft
      Nordic Ski1114 miles1,690 ft6 miles1,709 ft
      #2,050
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