Ascent of Berlin Mountain on 2017-08-01
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Tuesday, August 1, 2017|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Location:||USA-New York|
| Elevation:||2818 ft / 858 m|
Ascent Trip ReportA moderate hike of approximately 6 miles. Trailhead is located at the SW corner of the Petersburg Pass parking lot, along with a trail register. Trail is marked with both blue DEC markers and blue diamond Taconic Crest Trail markers. Entire trail, including the summit, had a lot of bugs.
The trail starts relatively level, but quickly becomes steep to climb the west side of Mount Raimer, reaching a maximum elevation of approximately 2,500 feet. There is a steep descent to Berlin Pass (elevation ~2,220 feet) and the area around the pass was quite muddy. At the pass are unmarked trails west along an abandoned road to Berlin, NY and east to Williamstown, MA. Continuing south from the pass, the trail climbs moderately, reaching the open summit. No marker is present at the summit, but it is the only clearing after Berlin Pass. Open view to the southeast, with Greylock clearly visible. The descent is relatively quick and easy, excluding the climb up from Berlin Pass. After the main summit had been reached, a 300 foot climb was not desired and was slow, as this was possibly the steepest portion of the hike.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||728 ft / 221 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||6 mi / 9.7 km|
| Route:||Taconic Crest Trail|
| Trailhead:||Petersburg Pass 2090 ft / 637 m|
| Quality:||4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Calm, Clear|
| Time:||1 Hours 55 Minutes|
| Time:||1 Hours 30 Minutes|
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