are 3 ways to access Balsam Lake Mountain's Fire Tower by trails.
The shortest and steepest way is from the Beaverkill Road approach. The
trail starts out on a old road and then turns left at a junction marked
for the fire tower. This route passes the lean-to and the Spring where
the volunteers get water. The total distance is about 2.3 miles.
Most visitors from the South take this trail.
This Google map will show you how to drive to the Beaverkill trailhead.
2nd shortest and most gradual approach is from the Mill Brook Road
approach. The trail leaves the parking lot and starts up the same old
road mentioned above. After about 2 miles, the trail leaves the
road, turns right, passes a steel gate, and proceeds up series of short steep hills on an old keep road
that leads to the tower. The total distance is about 2.8 miles. Most visitors from the East and North take this trail.
This Google map will show you how to drive to the Mill Brook Road trailhead.
third and longest approach is from Alder Lake. The trail leaves the
parking lot, goes around the lake and then proceeds about 6.6 miles
over rolling terrain to the tower, ascending steeply at the end.
This Google map will show you how to drive to the Alder Lake trailhead.
Directions from Kingston to the Mill Brook Trail head: Take Route
28 West. Turn left at the turn for the Belleayre Ski Center. Some
of the names of this road are County Rt. 49, and Galli Curci Road.
Follow the road to the end, twisting and turning, (sometimes sharply!),
for about 5 miles. Turn Left on to Dry Brook Road. After about 1.5
miles, turn Right onto Mill Brook Road. There will be an old wooden
garage at a triangular intersection. Mill Brook Road winds sharply up
hill and after 1.7 miles you arrive at the trail head, on the right.
You are now at the highest official trail head in all of New York
State! Enjoy your hike!