Time of Year: winter
Conditions: Icy and cold, fresh powder on top of ice
First mile would have been much worse if I did not have micro-spikes due to the steep incline covered in ice- was a load of fun on the way down though!
After the first mile, it flattened out mostly, with a +/- incline at about 30 degrees. Summit view was not satisfying, as it was very foggy.
A good hike. The trail is really well marked with white diamonds on blue squares. The trail is directly across from the parking lot entrance. There is a little trail markers but it is currently damaged and not the easiest thing to see.
It starts off pretty steep but most of the hike isn't as steep as the beginning. There are several beautiful look out spots along the way. The trail was muddy in a few spots but in most cases there were boards or an easy way around the worst of the muck.
There was no snow there (but we got snow the next day so that's okay). The snow hole has some interesting etchings into the rocks from visitors. If you hike out to it, take some time to look at the names and the years.
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.
Really enjoyed this hike. First mile is somewhat of a steep hike.... then mostly levels out. Very well marked, heavily wooded. Nice view at the top. Never saw another person on route. Bring sufficient water and gear. I will definitely return.