Alander Mountain Trail

Mount Washington, Massachusetts

Distance2.6mi
Elevation Gain1,441ft
Trailhead Elevation1,651ft
Top2,232ft
Elevation Min/Max1447/2232ft
Elevation Start/End1651/1651ft
Alander Mountain Trail is a hiking trail in Mount Washington, Massachusetts. It is 2.6 miles long and begins at 1,651 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,441 feet. The Mt Washington State Forest Headquarters (elevation 1,660 feet) parking is near the trailhead. There is also a parking. The Primitive Campground camp site can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: South Taconic Trail (white Blazes).
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Alander Mountain Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"A gradual climb to the central Taconic Ridge combines views east over the Hudson Valley and the Catskills with free camping."

"Alander is one of the most scenic summits in the Berkshires. Throw in a roaring mountain brook and attractive mixed woodland alive with birds, and you have a real winner.

Trail maps are available at the trailhead kiosk and hikers are asked to sign in and out. A money pipe for donations is located to the left. Stride across the mowed field where lowbush blueberries and tiny four-petaled bluets attract
pollinators in spring. Hunts Pond, with its resident Canada geese, lies serenely in a bowl to the left. Soon you’ll enter woods of eastern hemlock, beneath which Canada lilies bloom in May."

"Hidden in the southwest corner of Massachusetts and surrounded by more than 10,000 acres of publicly owned conservation land, this hike to the state’s highest single-drop waterfall and one of its most scenic mountains is a must-visit destination. Bash Bish Falls lies at the base of a deep chasm of rock cliffs. Hidden from the nearby roadway, the falls’ rugged beauty contrasts with and delightfully complements the gentler, open ridges of nearby Alander Mountain. Together these two picturesque natural features can be tied together on a rewarding 7.6-mile journey that includes a trek through nearby New York State."

"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."

Alander Mountain Trail Reviews

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11/27/2011
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/
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5/12/2007
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!!)
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3/8/2007
BEAUTIFUL! great berry picking and great with young kids!!! We go back every summer we are in the Berkshires
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9/17/2006
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.
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7/26/2006
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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6/5/2006
This was a very good hike. I was going to do the loop and ended up taken a red blaze trail down it was very step and lots of fun. The views where great. I park at the Mt. Washington ranger station and had to do the 2.7 mile road walk back to the car but it was worth it.
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10/23/2004
A really, really nice loop. I did the loop with two friends starting saturday morning. Highs got up around 53, lows around 35. Good crisp hiking with careful layering. Being a tad out of shape I am sore this monday morning, but refreshed from a great weeeknd. Parked in the Washington Headquarters. If you do this, leave a car at the AMC lot, so that you dont have the two miles on the road at the end like we did.
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1/18/2001
Alender is a great place to hike with little stream and and the bottom a nice litte clear water water fall. and at the top a wounder full veiw. You should go.
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