Ascent of Balsam Mountain on 2008-10-11

Climber: Dennis Van Amburgh

Date:Saturday, October 11, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Balsam Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3600 ft / 1097 m

Ascent Trip Report

Nice Hike, did this with Eagle. Very steep blood pumping section between leanto on the oliveria -mapledale and junction with the pine hill trail. Great camp log at leanto along the way, definately take time to read and contribute. Picked up some plates left by careless hikers. There is an loud but harmless loose dog owned by the owner closest to the trailhead at the end of mckinley hollow. It scared the crap out of me and even blocked the path until I finally shoo'd it away. On the return in the afternoon the owners were out and whistled to the dog to come over, respecting the hikers on the path. A couple hiking the trail also mentioned it. Nothing to worry about, but prepare, maybe bring a dog treat or throw a stick if hiking via mckinley.

Summary Total Data
    Route:Oliveria-Mapledale Trail
    Trailhead:McKinley Hollow  
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles

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