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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Hike to Berlin Mountain


Berlin Mountain, at 2,818 feet above sea level,  is the highest peak in the Taconic Mountain range and is the highest mountain in New York State not in the Catskills or Adirondacks.

From the intersection of Route 22 and Route 2 in Petersburgh, drive 5-1/2 miles east over the Taconic Trail to the large parking area on the right.  This is the same parking area used for the Hike to the Snow Hole.  The trail head is at the southwest corner of the parking area. -- see above.  There are other, unmarked trails with entrances off this parking area so be sure to go to this spot with the sign-in log and the blue Taconic Crest trail markers.

The trail is fairly well marked.  There's a somewhat steep climb right near the beginning.  The rest is moderate. The total distance, out and back, is 5.5 miles -- about a 3-1/2 hour hike.


Not too far in, you'll hit this "Y" that isn't marked well.  Bear left, else you head down to the west.


Much of the trail looks like this.


When you come to this "T," turn left.  


En route, a beautiful fern meadow.


 Heaven!


ATVs are prohibited


ATV damage - proof that the Plateau's literacy rate has yet to reach 100%.
Click here for one reason not to invest in an ATV.
Click here for another.


Wildflower meadow


Approaching the peak


The peak!


Jiminy Peak in Hancock, Mass. is visible




Other Hikes
Fitch Trail Hike
Grafton Lakes State Park Trails
The Long Pond Environmental Education Center
Hopkins Forest
Mattison Hollow
Mattison Hollow
Park-McCullough House and Trails
Merck Forest & Farmland Center
Robert Frost Stone House and Museum and Trail
RRR Brooks Trail
SVC Hikes

See also

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