Berlin Mountain Article

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Berlin Mountain
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Berlin Mountain viewed from the east in South Williamstown, Massachusetts
Highest point
Elevation2,818 ft (859 m)
Coordinates 42°41′32″N 73°17′08″W / 42.69222°N 73.28556°W / 42.69222; -73.28556
BERLIN MOUNTAIN Latitude and Longitude:

42°41′32″N 73°17′08″W / 42.69222°N 73.28556°W / 42.69222; -73.28556
Geography
Location Berlin, New York and Williamstown, Massachusetts
Parent range Taconic Mountains
Geology
Age of rockOrdovician
Mountain type Thrust fault; metamorphic rock and sedimentary rock
Climbing
Easiest route'09 Trail

Berlin Mountain, 2,818 feet (859 m), is a prominent peak in the Taconic Mountains of western New England and is located adjacent to Massachusetts's border with New York State. It is the highest point in Rensselaer County, and the highest mountain in New York outside the Adirondacks and Catskills. The summit and west side of the mountain are located in New York; the east side lies within Williamstown, Massachusetts. The mountain is a bald, notable for its grassy summit and expansive views of the Hudson River Valley to the west. The 37-mile (60 km) Taconic Crest Trail traverses the mountain. Several other hiking trails approach the summit from the east. Much of the upper slopes and summit are within protected conservation land.

Misery Mountain (left) and Berlin Mountain (right) seen from the east in South Williamstown.

Historically the lower slopes of the mountain were farmed heavily throughout the 19th Century. In addition to agriculture, there are several remnants of charcoal kilns located on the mountain that produced fuel for iron smelting. [1]

References

  1. ^ Origins of Williammstown by Arthur L. Perry, Charles Scribner's Sons 1894

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