Berlin Mountain

Williamstown, Massachusetts

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A challenging loop route, straight up the east face of the Taconic Range to its highest peak in Massachusetts. Views of Mount Greylock from Berlin Mountain’s flat summit are particularly pleasing, and an enchanting little waterfall adds to your enjoyment at the end of the hike. Small wooden signs at the parking area read “Class of ’33 Trail” and “WRLF Loop Trail.” Williams College Outing Club students cut the trail that year. A newer sign reads “Class of ’33 (Berlin Mount) Trail, Blue Blaze, Berlin Mount Summit 2.5” and points into the forest, where you will emerge later. Instead, walk back down the gravel road that you just drove on for approximately 300 feet and look for a sign on a white birch tree on the right. You will enter a forest of white and yellow birches, red spruce, red maple, and striped maple; follow blue blazes as you descend easily. The trees in this forest are mostly young.
AMC's Best Day Hikes in the Berkshires

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AMC's Best Day Hikes in the Berkshires

by Rene Laubach (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

A challenging loop route, straight up the east face of the Taconic Range to its highest peak in Massachusetts. Views of Mount Greylock from Berlin Mountain’s flat summit are particularly pleasing, and an enchanting little waterfall adds to your enjoyment at the end of the hike.

Small wooden signs at the parking area read “Class of ’33 Trail” and “WRLF Loop Trail.” Williams College Outing Club students cut the trail that year. A newer sign reads “Class of ’33 (Berlin Mount) Trail, Blue Blaze, Berlin Mount Summit 2.5” and points into the forest, where you will emerge later. Instead, walk back down the gravel road that you just drove on for approximately 300 feet and look for a sign on a white birch tree on the right. You will enter a forest of white and yellow birches, red spruce, red maple, and striped maple; follow blue blazes as you descend easily. The trees in this forest are mostly young.

© 2015 Rene Laubach/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Williamstown
Distance: 4.7
Elevation Gain: 1,545 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 2.75-3.25 hours
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Property crossed by this route is owned by Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation the town of Williamstown, Williams College, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, and private owners. Taconic Crest Trail is maintained by the Taconic Hiking Club, 39 Campagna Drive, Albany, NY 12205.
Local Maps: AMC Massachusetts Trail Map #1: C1; USGS Berlin
Driving Directions: Directions to Berlin Mountain

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Apr 2018