Ascent of Saddle Ball Mountain on 2016-04-21
|Date:||Thursday, April 21, 2016|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
|Peak:||Saddle Ball Mountain|
| Elevation:||3248 ft / 989 m|
Ascent Trip ReportAfter hiking Ragged Mountain and Mt. Greylock, I followed the AT southbound about 2 miles along the ridge to Saddle Ball Mountain. There are several small bumps that contend to be the summit of Saddle Ball. I went all the way to the southern-most bump, where there is a clearing just off the trail where it looks like people camp sometimes. The bump just north of that has a tiny 3240' contour, and there is a cairn with "Saddle Ball Mt" written on a rock. Rather than debating which is highest, I just decided to cross the entire summit ridge and be done with it. I then reversed course back to Greylock, and descended on the AT and Thunderbolt Ski Trails back to Thiel Road where I parked.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||208 ft / 63 m|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail|
| Weather:||Hot, Calm, Clear|
| Gain on way in:||208 ft / 63 m|
| Route:||AT from Greylock|
| Start Trailhead:||Thiel Road, via Mt. Greylock 3040 ft / 926 m|
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