Hiking in Adirondack Park

Central Adirondacks Siamese Ponds Wilderness
Hiking in Adirondack Park
Central Adirondacks
Siamese Ponds Wilderness

Balm of Gilead


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 Balm of Gilead Mountain features an open rock ledge that offers spectacular views of the southern end of Thirteenth Lake and the surrounding mountains. This 2443 foot mountain is located in the Siamese Ponds Wilderness of the central Adirondacks. This 2.8 mile round trip hike is one of the more popular in the wilderness due to its ease. Look below for more information on this moderate day hike to Balm of Gilead Mountain.

Directions: The trailhead is located off NY 28 just north of North River. Turn onto Thirteenth Lake Road and after 3.3 miles veer left at the junction of Beach Road, staying on Thirteenth Lake Road. In another 0.8 miles veer right onto Old Farm Road. The road will become a seasonal dirt road and follow it till your reach the end of Old Farm Road. There is a large parking area at the end of the drivable road. This parking area is not plowed in the winter. The GPS coordinates of the parking area is N43 42.275 W74 07.055.

From the parking area, follow the blue markers on Old Farm Road. This road was closed to vehicles in 2013 and you'll see how the wilderness is taking over the old road. It is now a wide hiking trail and this is a great day hike for just about everyone in your family. At 0.15 miles you reach a trail junction with a trail register. To the left is the blue marked Halfway Brook Trail that leads to the Balm of Gilead Mountain Trail and the Botheration Pond Trail. Straight ahead is the Old Farm Road Trail that travels toward Elizabeth Point and Old Farm Clearing.

Turn left at the junction onto the blue marked Halfway Brook Trail. The trail gently climbs as you make your way in the wilderness. At 0.9 miles you reach the junction of the Balm of Gilead Mountain Trail. Turn right and follow the Balm of Gilead Mountain Trail. The trail has some slippery spots as parts of the trail follows a small stream bed. The trail climbs steady as you will gain about 400 feet in elevation in about a half a mile. There are numerous open ledges that offer views and places to take a break. Bring your lunch and enjoy!

For more information on this hike we suggest purchasing the Adirondack Central Trails Map Pack from the Adirondack Mountain Club. This is a great tool for planning your hiking adventure in the central Adirondacks. Look below for a picture and a map of this hike.

DEC Trail Register



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