alander mountain ma

For now, I’ll update the trail guide above with a warning.  (And thank you, Rebecca!). Just for fun, I’ve included a photo of a copperhead I took last week in Connecticut. The peak is about a half-mile south of the Massachusetts state line on the Appalachian Trail. There are also views to the south into Connecticut. The trail is wet so please wear waterproof boots if you have them. There is a better way to get to Alander Mountain without absolutely killing yourself. Lots of canines on this trail. Took us around 3 hours round trip to complete. If I am planning to park near the Mountain Washington state forest side near the Bish Bash falls, would I still follow the Alander Mountain blue and white trails to the summit? Subscribe: Notify me of follow-up comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting. That road will take you up into Mt. If you find this free trail guide useful, please provide payment by picking up at least one piece of litter on your hike. Thanks for your detailed hiking directions. Basically, the blue trail is shorter, but if you want to save your knees a bit for the descent, you can head straight and end up there anyway. Add Photo (s) Drop Photo (s) This page is a stub. The re-grown red oak northern hardwood forest of Mt. I just want to point out that the sign mentioned in Steps 12-14 (the sign sticking out of the rock cairn) is in bad shape. One more minor detail: If I was hoping to come across an eastern timber rattlesnake in its natural environment, this is the hike I would pick. I didn’t miss a single turn. Do you have an address for the parking area at the start of the trail? 6.  Shortly after the culvert, the trail reminds you that you are, indeed, climbing a mountain.  The next junction to look for is with the white-blazed South Taconic Trail.It took us 30 minutes to get to that junction from the culvert, including stops to take pictures of salamanders. We should have realized after we didnt see the cabin to turn back but we went about 2 miles back down the mountain in the opposite direction before we decided to totally do a 180. Found the day to hike this trail. Background you can feel free to skip: There are several good ways to get to the top of Alander Mountain, but there aren’t any easy ones.  Of the two ways I’ve tried, the first is the longest hike (8 miles) I’ve ever done with a baby on my back, and the other is the steepest (1,822 feet in ascent in 5.4 miles).  I’ll write up the steeper, shorter version here, but if you’d like to try the longer, gentler climb (the trailhead for this one is 700 feet higher), check out the write-up for Alander Mountain II. Your email address will not be published. Very enjoyable. We hiked for quite a long time, unable to find the South Taconic Trail turnoff. This nyebone poster is my hiking buddy, except when he sneaks up Alander Mountain without me, and he’s always quite confused. Your record of the trails are amazing , it will definitely help me when I go back. As a side note, I’ve often read that people turn back on the trail when a rattlesnake is present and I wonder if they think these creatures have hidden legs and will suddenly leap up and bite them in the face. I'll do my best to keep that page as up-to-date as possible. Also, the sign area that leads you to the cabin gets turned around easily, and we completely miscalculated and headed north instead of towards the cabin. I would just reiterate it here–don’t worry about what the sign says, or which way it appears to be pointing–just go right at that junction. Trail a bit muddy but lots of good water spots along the way. Alander Mountain lies within the borders of Mount Washington State Forest, a 4000+ acre second generation New England hardwood forest with multiple peaks and exuberant falls. I haven’t done Bear or Everett, and Frissell doesn’t have much of a view. We came to a junction with the blue X on the tree, looked at your directions which said to keep going straight, and continued straight on a trail that was a bit overgrown. ** Many thanks to the helpful commenters below, who alerted us to the (permanent?) If you have experience with this kind of thing, it’d be beautiful up there, but my blanket recommendation would be that it might be better to wait until spring, or at least until we have a good long dry/warm(ish) stretch. Much easier than expected! Excellent hike with a great variety of terrain, scrambling at the tail end and beautiful streams throughout. Let me know if that doesn’t do the trick! Thanks for information. Trail was muddy and wet much of the way. Without you I would of been very lost. Note that the first blue mark is barely visible from the sign. Trail, Ashley Hill Brook, Mt. This is so awesome! Not too far beyond the cabin, and along this overgrown path, is where I discovered the rattlesnakes. (It was a near-bushwhack even when it was open, it must be very hard to follow now.) Still a solid hike this way, but heads up I don’t think it can be done as a loop anymore 🙁. Alander in Berkshire County (Massachusetts) is a city in United States about 288 mi (or 463 km) north-east of Washington DC, the country's capital city. I will state for the record (6/4/2018) I just got off the phone with Mt. All joking aside, I used the NYNJTC map and its contour lines, my compass, my crampons, I do have to mention we (my girlfriend and I) saw a fairly large (3ft. It’s completely unclear which way you ascended and descended. Thanks so much for the update! Mike:  Please respect the rules and the super-cool people who determined that closing the loop was necessary. Wasn’t about to fight a 3-4 foot long snake that could kill me. Wow. I’m not going to say anything new as everyone else has said it already, but Turn left and follow this pleasant trail for the next 3.5 miles, paralleling a brook for much of the way. ), you’ll have climbed about 700 feet from the parking area.  You might want to take a breather at this junction, because the South Taconic Trail isn’t going to take it any easier on you.After you’ve caught your breath, take a left to head uphill on the South Taconic Trail.  You’ll take a few steps up the bank, then curve right with the trail at the tree with the “South Taconic Trail” sign on it. I have one last question, in your opinion which of these mountains has the best views? Fun idea for a treasure hunt. But then I realized the steps didn’t in anyway correspond to the red dots and I had no idea of which way you went up. That’s good to know – never tried that way. Thanks again! I’m leaning toward Alander and Race, and Bear my third option if I have the time. By now it was getting too late to continue, but I assume this is the correct way? )  Keep going a few hundred yards past the trailhead, around a corner to find some nice parking spots on the left, directly across the street from a house.  Park the car and let the adventure begin. We stopped here wondering why on earth the trail we just came down would ever be closed to hiking. Thanks for helping me have the confidence in the trails. Sorry, I didn’t think to snap a photo. Thanks. I got that number (1,822′) from my hiking GPS, which records all the ups and downs during the hike. When you see those dark red blazes, turn right onto the Robert Brook Trail.  If you miss the turn, enjoy the summit of Brace Mountain in about two miles or so!  No, but seriously, don’t miss the turn. Even one in pajamas! I’m with a university outdoors club and we want to do some hiking in the area this Saturday, March 1st. There are websites that give the GPS coordinates of geocaching boxes hidden all over the place. Hiking Trail Conditions Report: Peaks: Alander Mountain, Brace Mountain, Mt. Park the second car at Mt. I’ve just added a new update to Step 20 above – hopefully, that will help clarify the situation for people who stumble upon that sign. Hi Mike–Actually I did make the hard right to stay on the blue trail after the culvert. The map I’m looking at from the Mt Washington SF government site does not even show an “Alander loop trail”… this is utter #$%^. Just want to say thank you. Thank you that definitely helps with my decision, I have a hard time with those. Stopped at the cabin to have lunch. Alander Mountain is a mountain in Appalachian Mountains, Mount Washington State Forest, MA. Hope that helps – have a great trip, and take lots of pictures! 1.  From the parking area, head downhill along the road for a couple hundred yards, back to the trailhead on your right.  Careful on the side of the road – if I’m not mistaken, that is one of the biggest fields of poison ivy I’ve ever seen (this is the only spot I noticed any poison ivy along the hike). I needed my compass to figure out which direction to continue (south). (The snake didn’t even rattle as he gently nudged it off the trail with a long stick – he took a video of the proceedings, and the snake seemed awfully mellow about the whole thing.) The NY/NJ Trail Conference Map I have from REI shows the beginning of the Alander Brook trail at about 800ft and the summit of Alander at 2250 for a net gain of about 1450′. I’m certainly not going to remove the coordinates. Just walk behind it, and continue on your way, just as the snake is doing. The closed trail goes north to the cabin junction from the South Taconic Trail and is shown as an unmaintained trail (dotted line) on NYNJTC map #107. trail Difficulty: Moderate. Most of the route is not too challenging except for the last rocky part leading up to the summit. I hiked this today it looks like a lot of new signage has been done!  Sigh. Just a little climb at the end.  Thanks for the heads-up, Sandy!). Here’s one great way: Visit the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference homepage and click on Volunteer, Donate, or Shop! I’ve removed the sentence with the coordinates.  Enjoy! Since I found it two years ago I have discovered so many great trails to explore – all within a two hour drive from my home! (And here’s a quick primer on Leave No Trace, too, to help us keep the trails nice and fresh for each other.). Not that it’s easy, but it is better. He is going to go check it out; so the maybe the trail should be open … and the closed sign was put in by mistake … OR make the trail should be closed and there is no sign at the top saying closed … UNKNOWN at this time. Let me know if you still can’t find it. There where a number if other people on the trail that were using it as well. Thanks for stopping by! They were congregated in a very small clearing perhaps a half mile down the trail from the summit, if you’re going clockwise. I just need to get out and have done all of the difficult hikes nearer to me. I did follow the trail just as you outlined, which happens to correspond exactly with AllTrails’ GPS route, so I used that as backup. 20 cars in the lot on a cold Sunday. Washington State Forest offers more than 30 miles of trails for hiking and mountain biking. That's cool, too. I would never have anticipated their posting here to be an issue, but this has been an educational experience for me, and I appreciate the sensitivity with which my newfound herpetologist friend approached the conversation here. However, going in the same direction as you describe you don’t see it until you have already done the trail. Great hike. It sounds to me like you probably ended up on the Spur Trail to Nowhere mentioned in Step 4. No portapotties, bring tp! Summit and South Taconic Trail.  You could retrace your steps to return to your car back this way if you’d like, but I like a good loop, and the way we’ll take down also has some nice views (it’s about the same distance either way). For all the beauty you’ll find here, you won’t be bothered by crowds, unless perhaps you’re competing for a spot in the cabin near the summit.  Actually, that’s been empty both times I’ve been up here, so maybe crowds aren’t an issue there, either. It was really something! I agree that it’s less than ideal. Chrissy's… From Alander you can see Mt. I took the alander trail, went past the south taconic, into the white traill, then switched to blue trail. I recommend this relatively short but somewhat strenuous day hike for anyone with some spare time in the area (whether a tourist or resident). From here on out, 50% of the proceeds generated from the purchase of sweet custom gear from Hike the Hudson Valley’s online store will be donated to the NY-NJ Trail Conference, the organization that makes so many of our adventures possible. Beautiful view at top.  The good news: You get to go past the best views on Alander Mountain one more time on your way back down. Absolutely breath taking view at the top. But yea, the rattlesnake was beautiful for sure. Thank you! Hike the South Taconic Trail to the 2,250 ft. elev. Alander Mountain, Berkshire County, Massachusetts. I swept the main part (it has a broom) but it’s still a mess (the Problem of the Commons). **WARNING** While most Hudson Valley parks and trails have reopened, there are still a few notable closures and parking restrictions to be aware of. Would rate this a pretty easy hike, drive 2 hours for it, wouldn’t say it was worth it. On our way back, we had a visitor, a black timber rattle snake (around 1.5 feet) right on the middle of the trail path. Not really paying attention to the time or thinking about what time the sun would be setting. Saw a few people as we made our way up, but getting to the summit and the trip back? Would it be possible to update the map to show this detour portion? And here’s the pic – thanks for sending it, Jonny! These posts have been tagged with Alander Mountain MA, or … Compare with the one above. They’re apparently all over the place in the Taconics. Then drive back to Washington HQ and get your second car. Your website helped tremendously thank you. But I’m sure you kept a close eye on the kid, what an experience he’s lucky to have had at such a young age. Please leave a comment! ), GPS coordinates of parking area: 42.06534, -73.51535 (clicking will open in Google Maps or the Apple Maps app, depending on your broswer/device). 1) Walk to the sign (your back is to the cabin). I followed this post to a “T” today. I like to hear from people who have actually had to use them, kind of hard to find those types of reviews, which I guess is good in a sense. Any advise would be appreciated. (The pic I posted of the sign is after I picked up a fallen piece & kind of leaned it next to the attached piece). Great day man. 18.  About five minutes after turning onto the Alander Loop Trail, you’ll come to a small clearing with limited views.  If you haven’t already stopped for lunch or a snack, this is probably your best bet for the rest of the hike, even though you can’t see the views when you’re sitting. This is where we goofed…your directions said keep “straight/uphill” so we went straight. from the Alander Brook Trail.  Only 1,000 more feet to go until the next trail junction.  If anyone has any other helpful details they can share, please share them in the comments! Just a quick thank – you . Washington St. Forest HQ in Massachusetts, which is what my friend did.  Her group found a nice hiker to drive them back to their car at the other trailhead, a twenty-minute drive, which was very fortunate and cool of that hiker.  But let’s do our best to have you avoid hitchhiking today, shall we?). Anyhoo… a wonderful hike thanks for posting it on your GREAT website. Leave one at the NY trailhead to the Alander Brook Trail on Undermountain Road. Confused about this talk of the blue trail (Alander Brook Trail) being closed. This is contradictory to the summit location on my NYNJ trail map, hence the confusion. Not sure why I didn’t reply to this comment long ago, but thanks so much for the kind words and useful info, Chris! 11.  On your left, after some more steep climbing, you might notice a sign that tells you you’ve come .8 miles (that’s all?) Alander from the NY side. Seems like this area, including Brace Mountain, is not in any danger of running out of rattlesnakes anytime soon. Take out restaurant. Part of the Taconic Plateau, the area provides access to multiple peaks Mt Frissel (south) and … Thanks for the great guide.  The directions below are still valid. I’ve never seen a copperhead before, and hope to keep that streak going. I have one question though regarding the elevation gain. Sounds like you’d also benefit from purchasing the official map set for this area: Sorta nearby address for your GPS: The intersection of Rt. The Mountain Laurel must be stunning during bloom. Turn left here to stay on the Alander Brook Trail.  This is the beginning of the loop – you’ll come back down via the Robert Brook Trail later, when you’re much more tired and sweaty.4.  In 10-15 minutes, you’ll cross over a culvert (which is what you call those big honking metal pipes, according to the Internet) that directs Alander Brook under the trail.  Directly after this culvert, make a hard right to stay on the Blue Trail.  If you went straight/left here, which looks logical, you’d end up on a Spur Trail to Nowhere, so try not to do that.  (The picture on the left was taken after I’d already crossed the culvert, so that’s the view looking back.). Hiking info, trail maps, and 42 trip reports from Alander Mountain (2,239 ft) in the Taconic Range of Massachusetts Good trail for doggos. Based on these comments today, I added another warning on Step 16 itself, to make sure everyone knows that the trail is indeed officially closed. Does that sound like the right prognosis? Mount Frissell and Brace Mountain Loop Trail, Guilder Pond and Mount Washington Lookout Trail, Appalachian Trail from Jug End to Bear Mountain, Mount Fissell Trail to Alander Mountain Trail, Mount Everett, Bear Mountain, and Alander Loop, Jug End State Reservation & Wildlife Management Area. Thanks, Kimberly! Alander Mountain Trail is a 5.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Sheffield, Massachusetts that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. Hope you have many more great adventures out there, perhaps with slightly less excitement. One person in my group looked at it and said, “What’s that supposed to be?” and I said it once was a useful sign telling us where the hell to go from here, but now we’re on our own! If you have to use the restroom, use it about 20 minutes before you’re arriving at the trail somewhere, otherwise be down with being one with nature. We hiked the trail yesterday, it was a great. I’ve never tried it this late in the year, and especially after the snowfall we got last night, along with fallen leaves, I’d expect the trail conditions to be pretty dicey and more difficult to follow. Did this hike about a week ago–as you put it so succinctly–great views, steep climb! As for ranking the views in the Taconics, I would recommend Brace (via the South Taconic Trail – listed as Brace Mountain II on this site), then Alander (via either route), then Race (which I did last year and will write up one of these days – beautiful hike, but the view isn’t as good as Brace or Alander). The northern end of the trail begins off Route 23 just up the road from the Hillsdale, New York, Catamount Ski Area. My goodness. Your trail guide and extensive commentary was really useful and much appreciated. I actually couldn’t get to the true summit or the cabin because there were 3 timber rattlesnakes blocking the trail between the southern summit along the NY/MA line and the main summit. Mount Greylock is the highest point in the state at 3,491 feet (1,064 m) in elevation. Microspikes a must. After receiving more feedback that this loop was officially closed after the cabin (Step 16 above), I updated the trail guide back in May to advise people to turn around at the cabin to retrace their steps back down the South Taconic Trail. Alander hike (the majority of the hike outlined below isn’t shown on that map, but it’s still a nice resource to have).  Thanks, MassParks! I’ve been up Alander three times and never come across a rattler there (though I did recently have a close encounter on its neighbor, Brace Mountain) — I will step more carefully from here on out! Thanks for the detailed directions on your hike reviews, extremely helpful. and the “closed” portion is the blue blazed allander loop trail? The cabin itself is great and worth a visit (it has a fairly-new blue tarpaulin over the middle part of the roof) but some of its denizens should never have been born. I am hopeful that you did not get that much snow ‘up north’ – I live in Westchester – and that today’s temps melt what ever you did get. Otherwise the views are incredible … nice hike. The summit of Alander Mountain is unique for this area in that there’s no one place you can point to and say, “This is the best spot to take in the view.” The grass, rocks and low bushes along the trail at the summit allow you to stop wherever you’d like, grab a … Enjoy the views, then continue downhill on the South Taconic Trail until you reach the Alander Brook Trail. At the point with the two way fork in the road that either leads you towards the cabin area or brings you straight north of the mountain we encountered a timber rattlesnake, or what I believe is a timber rattlesnake. Well marked trail. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and mountain biking and is best used from March until October. I became frustrated trying to puzzle together the way went through reading your account and going back and forth with the red dots. The blue trail is definitely NOT closed, although a sign (which only faces hikers at the beginning of the ascent approaching counter-clockwise) indicates it is. Not a soul to be found. Cha-ching! Washington St. Forest HQ in Massachusetts, which is what my friend did.  Her group found a nice hiker to drive them back to their car at the other trailhead, a twenty-minute drive, which was very fortunate and cool of that hiker.  But let’s do our best to have you avoid hitchhiking today, shall we?). Loved the pictures and landmarks! Alander Mountain, MA: Trails: Alander Mountain Trail, South Taconic Trail, Loop Trail, Ashley Hill Trail, Charcoal Pit Trail: Date of Hike: Sunday, July 24, 2016: Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at the Mount Washington State Park headquarters on East Street. Beautiful views with a moderately difficult climb to reach the summit but well worth it. #week6 #peakaweek This week we took a trip out to the 'Shire to visit Chrissy's parents and hike Alander Mountain in Mount Washington, MA. 8.  You have about 500 vertical feet to climb until you’ll pop out into some awesome views.  Just keep trudging up the South Taconic Trail and all your hard work will be rewarded soon.  From the Alander Brook/South Taconic trail junction, it took me about 25 minutes to get to the views, slogging slowly along, wondering how my two-year-old could possibly weigh 300 pounds. Step carefully out there, everyone! I provided the GPS coordinates primarily to warn hikers to keep alert, and keep away, from that part of the trail. Met 2 Rattlesnakes today on the trails, super cool. And I saw no snakes. Thanks for taking time to drop a comment, MBow! Alander on the wrong side, coming, several miles later, to the Mt. I am taking a group of scouts and want to be sure I understand the elevation/distance ratio. PARK HQ”.  Goodbye for now, South Taconic Trail!  See you again soon.  (UPDATE September 2016: Per Sandy’s helpful comment below, the sign pictured here is in seriously sorry shape now, and likely won’t be much help to you. this weekend and would like your opinion on the possible conditions. Required fields are marked *. Alander Mountain-Southwest Ridge (2110 ft/643 m) Latitude/Longitude (WGS84) 42° 5' 16'' N, 73° 30' 17'' W 42.087893, -73.504593 (Dec Deg) 623677 E 4660617 N, Zone 18 (UTM) Thanks, I love it and have recommended to many friends. I’m 73 with 60 years hiking experience, so I say tolerate him but pay attention to me. The summit was a big tease as there was a breathtaking view after every big ascent we took however it was not the top so we kept going up and up forever. Perhaps I’m getting a little senile, at age 63 w 50 years hiking experience. Alander Mountain, is a prominent peak of the south Taconic Mountains; it is located in southwest Massachusetts and adjacent New York. Cathy, I’m so sorry to hear this. Wow, Jeannine — that’s some impressive extra credit you racked up there, hitting Brace Mountain, too! I’ve put new **UPDATES** on Step 20 and 21 above, based on your input.  I’ve added a warning at the top of this page accordingly, so hopefully you aren’t finding this out just now. and he was also blocking our path, we ended up having to cut through the brush to get around him. Took me 3 hours to do the loop. Overall a perfect hike. Definitely compares favorably to Mount Greylock from that standpoint. Very steep to the summit with a well deserved vista! Are trails open and would crampons be necessary?  Just visualize an awesome, helpful sign in that cairn and you’ll be all set. Anyone who is interested in visiting Alander Mountain can print the free topographic map and street map using the link above. Does anyone have any personal recommendations for a good snake bite kit? Great directions…Ive hiked a lot of areas in the US and this was a very rewarding hike. It was okay, though, because there was a great view at the south summit. I’m a bit confused by the directions, why do you not turn towards the arrow pointing to the summit? My son and daughter were very intrigued by it. Hope you have a better run at it next time, and I hope we can help others to avoid the same fate! Thank you so much for your helpful directions, this hike was incredibly beautiful. Hiked Alander Mountain this weekend, a few things I noticed. It was impossible to use that sign as it was for directions. I couldn’t believe how much it will cost for the large doses of anti-venom for the timber rattler bite, considering that you need ~20-40 times the dosage amount for other rattlers. 0 Star This. I did this hike yesterday, altho in the opposite direction.I got quite confused near the cabin by the sign pointing to the summit. Do you know if anyone has tried this late in the year. Pardon meh, but is there directions to the trailhead parking on this page? Quite rocky terrain in wide stretches and the elevation makes it that much more challenging but the view is so worth it! From there, continue straight if you want to see the views from Alander's summit, or turn right and head north to Bash Bish Falls. I hope this is helpful! I just added a timber rattler warning to my two Alander trail guides, just to make sure everyone knows to step carefully out there. The trail itself is well-maintained, and all but the last section is fairly level. Thank you for providing beautiful pictures and a thorough description of what to look for! Great hike! As usual your directions were spot on! 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