Ascent of Berlin Mountain on 2017-08-01

Climber: Josh Schmid

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, August 1, 2017
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

A 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
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 55 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes

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