The Williams Trail is between 3 and 4 miles long. My GPS measured it as about 3.5 miles. If you travel counter-clockwise around the loop, the trail is close to 3 miles up Berlin Mountain and about 0.5 miles downhill. The downhill was formerly a ski slope and is quite steep near the bottom. There were lots of wild flowers on the steep portion of the trail.
There are several other trails that share paths with this loop and there are not always trail markers indicating which way to go. If you are going counter-clockwise then whenever the trail has a fork then keep taking the path on the left and if you are going clockwise then keep taking the trail on the right.
I got to say this was a fun moderate trail. It start off with it changing elevation up and down. Once you get around 2.4 miles it starts to get steep and the ascent truly begins. Me and my brother did this and we had to stop a few things to catch our breath. Overall it was a challenge for us and it could be rated as hard. There was a nice small waterfall that we got to see but nothing at the end but a branch off to two other trails.
Nice day out. Hike was very cool as most of it is in the shade. That being said it was very buggy and those who did not wear bug repellent had a hard time. The trail was clearly marked and easily passable. Parking is limited I would say 3 car max or 2 larger vehicles. It's just a small pull off on the road right across from the trail . The waterfall was decent and was easily spotted from the trail. It had rained in the morning so the trail was covered with salamanders .
The goal was snowhole but there wasn't any snow to be seen. Not surprising considering the tame winter in this part of the northeast. Still, it's an easy hike to an odd geographical sight & the Victorian era graffiti is interesting. Some worthwhile views along the way.
Easy hike with a a very short steep incline until you meet Taconic trail. I passed the trail at first, not any big signs to tell you where trail starts but across from trail there is a spot to park maybe 2-3 cars on dirt road. Two places to go down to stream and see water. But that's about it. No viewpoint at top.
I took my wife to this trail, also called the Taconic Crest Trail. There is a small parking lot part way up on the left on Mattison Hollow Rd. The trail is well groomed by DEC and not very difficult. Wife was annoyed by some insects but loved the waterfall. There was also a lot of white rock - quartz?, used for rock walls.
Made it 1.5 miles past the last waterfall till we seen 2 Cubs immediately turned around about a mile later seen the mom on our way back standing on a ridges looking down at us. So close to the crest. Did see Fresh scat on the trail- real fresh. Other then that good hike.
Was a very nice trail through the forest. Following a brook that we crossed a few times. Very quiet and peaceful. The last half mile was quite steep and there is no view to be had at the summit this time of year. A turnaround at the state line would make for an easy afternoon walk.