Alander Mountain Loop

South Egremont, Massachusetts

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The southwest corner of Massachusetts on the tri-state border of MA, CT, and NY. In Mount Washington State Forest, this demanding all-day or overnight loop with side spurs travels the South Taconics, passing between Massachusetts and New York, gathering grand views. Special attractions: A springtime showcase for mountain laurel and azalea; fountains of fern; multistate views; fall foliage; sightings of beaver, frog, red eft, and wild turkey.
Hiking Southern New England

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Hiking Southern New England

by Rhonda & Greg Ostertag (Falcon Guides)

The southwest corner of Massachusetts on the tri-state border of MA, CT, and NY. In Mount Washington State Forest, this demanding all-day or overnight loop with side spurs travels the South Taconics, passing between Massachusetts and New York, gathering grand views.

Special attractions: A springtime showcase for mountain laurel and azalea; fountains of fern; multistate views; fall foliage; sightings of beaver, frog, red eft, and wild turkey.

©  Rhonda & Greg Ostertag/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: South Egremont
Distance: 15
Elevation Gain: 1,000 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: Year-round; portions of the tour double as winter cross-country ski routes.
Local Contacts: Mount Washington State Forest, 413-528-0330
Local Maps: Mount Washington State Forest trail map (generally available at trailhead information board); New York-New Jersey Trail Conference map, South Taconic Trail.
Driving Directions: Directions to Alander Mountain Loop

Recent Trail Reviews

11/27/2011
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Fun hike with 3 different summits. None of the summits are too challenging but will certainly give you some good exercise. The bridge on the map was not there when I went so I guess it was washed away? River/stream was still passable over rocks in a week that had a lot of rain so that should be okay. See a video of the trail & my adventure at hctrails.com/alander-mtn-hiking-loop-day-1/


5/12/2007
0

Awesome trail. The only feedback I have is that it was hard to follow the written description/map as there were many forks in the path and we definately added on some mileage going in the wrong direction (but, it made for longer hike!!)


3/8/2007
0

BEAUTIFUL! great berry picking and great with young kids!!! We go back every summer we are in the Berkshires


9/17/2006
0

One of the best loop hikes in CT, and MA. Great views. Very private. Challenging long hike but be prepared to get your boots wet after alot of rain. We were caught in a thunderstorm here the weekend before. Hail and heavy thunder and lightning came in very quick. Be prepared there are not many ways to cut this hike short once you start away from Alander Mt.


7/26/2006
1

Apart from the trouble I had actually finding the Mt. Washington State Forest Headquarters the day was really great. The Alander Loop Trail up to the top of Alander mountain was fairly straight forward and not hard to hike. I began to think that the rating of strenuous was a bit over dramatic. Then I came down the other side (VERY steep and rocky in places) and took the Alander Brook trail to the Roberts Brook trail - O my word! the trail must have climbed 1500 feet in less than a mile, I thought it would never stop going straight up! The South Taconic to Ashley Brook portion of the loop was quite nice although the blazing system is a little confusing in places and several of the trail junctions are missing signage. There were other hikers signed in at the ranger station but we never ran into each other. A tough hike in places but I'm glad I did it.



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