The trail to Balsam Lake Mountain begins across the road and is marked with blue discs. The trail is actually a wide old woods road and makes for pleasant walking. A short distance along the trail, we began to see a smattering of snow amongst the trees.
Snow became more and more prevalent as we gained elevation.
Catskill panorama from Balsam's 3730 foot summit and fore tower.
A temperature gauge was nailed to the ranger's cabin at the summit and as we had surmised, the temperature was only in the upper 30s, a full 15 degrees colder than the Esopsus Valley on Route 28.
Hiked a total of 6 miles RT on a cool, but beautiful, sunny spring day. Not a difficult hike at all, but many nice views and scenic woods along the way made for a very nice day hike.