|Hike Name:||Balsam and Eagle|
|Directions:||head down oliverea road, turn onto McKinley hollow road for Balsam and Eagle.|
|Total Hike Distance:||9.70 miles|
|Hike Type:||In and Out, Backtrack Hike|
|Hike Starts/Ends:||mckenley hollow|
|Trails Used:||McKinley hollow out and back|
|Backcountry Water Sources:||Rivers|
|Management:||State Park Service|
|Best Season:||Winter, Spring|
|Road Conditions:||Primary Paved Roads|
|Hike Summary:||The hike was mild in the beginning. There was a low river crossing and some flat land providing a good warm up, the river probably flourishes late spring through early summer. The trail steadily increased to a steeper slope just before the trail head broke off to Eagle and Balsam. It is only .7 miles up to the peak of Balsam. It was a mildly aggressive incline compared to the first part of the climb.
The trail from the intersection to eagle is about two miles. The last little bit is a short bushwhack with a canister at the peak to log your hike if you want to be a 3500 member.