Ascent of Berlin Mountain on 2016-01-12

Climber: Nicholas Daniel

Others in Party:Church
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Berlin Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:2818 ft / 858 m

Ascent Trip Report

We decided to do some cold weather hiking and did this as a two car event, parking one at the north and one at the south and doing Raimer, Berlin, Misery North Peak, and Misery in that order. One way from car to car is about 7-8 miles. You could add Misery South Peak, but this is probably another 2-4 miles to add on to backtrack to the car and we ran out of daylight for this. Some people have commented about the best "out" on the south side and I think we figured it out. We went to SE Hollow Road in Berlin, NY and went nearly all the way to the end. You will easily notice an insane amount of "Private Property-no trespassing" signs on the trees on both sides of SE Hollow road once the pavement ends and this worried us, however we talked to a guy that lives on the road and he says that while all the land in this area is privately owned, the trail coming down from the mountain is government land and he hasn't heard of any problems. SE Hollow Road basically ends at a house's garage, but halfway between the last and second to last house there is a little trail leading north that starts between two metal poles with a slack chain between them on the ground. This is the government property the guy talked about. We parked our car at the end of this trail, hopped in the other car, and drove north on 22, turned east on route 2 in Petersburg. There is a large parking lot at the TH off of route 2 at Petersburg Pass. We took off and did Raimer, Berlin, Misery-North Summit, then Misery Mtn, stopping for some views on Berlin (can see Greylock) and later for lunch. Once we got to Misery Mountain summit, we turned back as halfway between Misery and Misery North is your trail back to the south car. Branching West (left when walking back to Misery North) is the Southeast Hollow trail. We followed this down the mountain along a river and ended up right back at our car.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles
    Weather:Snowing, Cold, Calm, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Route:Taconic Crest Trail
Descent Statistics
    Route:Taconic Crest Trail/SE Hollow trail

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