Hiking Southern New England
by Rhonda & Greg Ostertag (Falcon Guides)
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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/
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!!)
BEAUTIFUL! great berry picking and great with young kids!!!
We go back every summer we are in the Berkshires
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.
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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