Pathfinder | 122 pts
My 10 year old son and I wanted to make a little bit more out of this hike than the trail guide includes. We added a trip up Alander to the prescribed loop and made it about 6 miles in total. We followed the route defined in the trail guide, but turned south on the Taconic rather than east on the Blue trail. Alander was peaceful and the views were OK on this hazy day. This portion of the hike was totally hands free. We returned to the blue trail and descended down to Bash Bish Falls. The descent on the blue trail is rigorous and certainly not a hands free descent. We were disappointed to find railings and posted signs keeping us out of the actual gorge. Once you ford Bash Bish brook, the ascent on the Blue Trail is fairly steep with a relatively steep descent on the north side of this unnamed hill. This brings you down to the pool, where No Swimming is well posted. Overall, I reduced the rating on this hike due to the commercialism and restrictions of the falls area. It would be a great hike if the falls were located a few miles away from the driving public.