Ascent of Berlin Mountain on 2016-06-21

Climber: Todd Jennings

Date:Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Berlin Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:2818 ft / 858 m

Ascent Trip Report

Drove up by way of Taconic Parkway North-->Rte 295 East-->Rte 22 North-->Rte 43 East-->Rte 7 North-->Rte 2 West-->Torrey Woods Rd-->Berlin Rd. Parked at the "keyhole" at the end of Berlin Rd, at the base of the old Williams College Ski Area.

I began the hike on the woods road, but upon seeing how incredibly steep the ski hill was, I decided to turn right onto a woods road at the very bottom of the hill, seeing where that would take me. I followed the woods road for a short while, but then reached a fork. I veered left, as this seemed to be more in the direction of "up the mountain". It continued for a brief time, but then ended. From there it was either bushwhacking or going back and starting over. I chose to bushwhack, as there was a herd path that it looked like I could follow. The herd path became less and less clear, but it was extremely steep, and just as I was about the lose the herd path altogether, I saw the ski hill through the woods on my left.

Once I was on the ski hill, it was only another 500-600 meters to the summit, and although it was still pretty steep, I could see blue sky, so I was getting excited. Just before the summit I saw a tree with a familiar DEC sign on it, so knew I was back in good ole New York State. The summit itself was a big clearing, with semi-descent views to the east, and a small makeshift fireplace in the middle of the clearing.

It took me about 40 minutes to hike up, and after a few mins on the summit, 21 minutes to descend. I could not have gone down any faster, as the terrain got ridiculously steep in the lower half, forcing me to hike sideways in several instances.

All in all, about 2.2 miles of hiking in 1 hr and 5 mins. Weather was sunny and mid-70s. Not bad for June 21st!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1270 ft / 387 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1270 ft / 387 m
    Start Trailhead:1548 ft / 471 m
Descent Statistics

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