Ascent of Saddle Ball Mountain on 2016-04-21

Climber: Ryan Aschbrenner

Date:Thursday, April 21, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Saddle Ball Mountain
    Elevation:3248 ft / 989 m

Ascent Trip Report

After 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
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:208 ft / 63 m
    Route:AT from Greylock
    Start Trailhead:Thiel Road, via Mt. Greylock  3040 ft / 926 m
Descent Statistics

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