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.
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."
--Peter Kick, AMC's Best Day Hikes in the Catskills and Hudson Valley (Appalachian Mountain Club Books).
"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."
--Rene Laubach, AMC's Best Day Hikes in the Berkshires (Appalachian Mountain Club Books).
"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."
--Jeffrey Romano, 100 Classic Hikes in New England (The Mountaineers Books).
"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, Hiking Southern New England (Falcon Guides).
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