Ascent of Tom Ball Mountain on 2017-01-07

Climber: Jean André Laverdure

Date:Saturday, January 7, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Tom Ball Mountain
    Elevation:1933 ft / 589 m

Ascent Trip Report

I found access "at the north end of Round Pond, off of Long Pond Road," just as Alan's (2014-05-04) trip report suggested, thank you for the hint to one of the better Berkshire Mtn views. Following the ATV trails flowing upward (after finding side-road parking at the Great Barrington Fish & Game Club), I crossed many tracks to reach a sitting outlook of picnic tables with fire ring, enjoyed the view then backtracked afterward to find the trail's eastward trend keeping to climb upward reaching a knob and expecting there a col instead found a shelf crossing to the last stretch of height going upward to opening views (and the only deep snow of any sort, wearing my micro-spikes for the snow dusted and icy sections below) now without the benefit of the vaguely disappearing road went thru mostly open woods and a western slope of open rocks and awesome views, finding a small cairn to mark the thinly wooded summit.

2017-04-20 Leader AMC Mohawk-Hudson Chapter Hike, total of six hikers; on our descent, we detoured south at the second trail junction which led us to a wide woods road alongside Long Pond and after exploring the shoreline retracing the road northward to rejoin our path at first junction!
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1158 ft / 352 m
    Elevation Loss:1158 ft / 352 m
    Distance:4.4 mi / 7 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cold, Calm, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1073 ft / 327 m
    Extra Loss:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:2.2 mi / 3.6 km
    Route:Long Pond Rd, Wood Rds & Herd Path/Wac
    Trailhead:338 Long Pond Road  960 ft / 292 m
    Time Up:1 Hours 33 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:1058 ft / 322 m
    Extra Gain:85 ft / 25 m
    Distance:2.2 mi / 3.5 km
    Route:Wac/Herd Path, Wood Rds & Long Pond Rd
    Trailhead:338 Long Pond Road  960 ft / 292 m
    Time Down:1 Hours 3 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Jean André Laverdure
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