Bash-Bish and Alander Mountains

Mount Washington, Massachusetts 01258

Bash-Bish and Alander Mountains

Bash-Bish and Alander Mountains Professional Review and Guide

"A hard hike over secluded terrain and long stretches of open ridge to perhaps the very best view in the Berkshires. In a region known for spectacular views, the hike along the summit ridge of Alander Mountain may very well be the most impressive in the Berkshires.

On a clear day different vantage points along the ridge offer a variety of vistas that seem to roll on forever. In addition to the stunning view, this strenuous hike takes you through miles of a pitch pine–scrub oak plant community that is home to many rare and endangered plants and animal species."

Bash-Bish and Alander Mountains Reviews

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8/9/2015
We actually combined hikes. We took the Bash-Bish trail up to Alander, then descended via the Alander Mountain trail. Temp hovered about 80, cooled a bit atop the ridge. Best energy burn is the early Bash-Bish ascent- be sure to use the rails and wires! The trail markers look black, not blue, prior to the South Taconic junction. Be sure to turn left- and go up once you hit the white blazes. Sights in the summer didn't really explode into view until we were able to regard Alander from the south shoulder of Bash-Bish. The view at Alander were incredible. Overall hike distance for the end-to- end: approximately 9 miles. Time with 45 minute lunch atop Alander: approximately 6 hours. This hike is very nice, has a little of everything in it.
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9/27/2012
I really enjoyed this hike. There where really no downside to it. The only thing that is bit inaccurate in the guide book are there are no good views until you reach the north shoulder of Alander mountian. Once you do there are almost 360 views looking at the Catskills, Greylock, and the Housatonic Valley. The firs mile is all uphill but worth it. As the guide book says it levels off and the trail becomes much more moderate. I would imagine this would be a great fall hike after the leaves are down with views all the way up. A few notes; the trail is easy to follow once you find the blue blazes going up the the Gorge trail. Walk down stream a bit before you cross. Its easier. Look for the wire fence to find the trail downstream from the gravel road. The brook crossing is not difficult but there is a good chance your feet will get wet at the start of the hike. Bring a dry pair of socks just in case! so you don't have to hike with wet feet all day long. There is no water after the brook, so if you have dogs make sure you bring enough water for them. After the descent I took the gorge trail down to the water fall and then hiked back up on the falls trail on the other side. It was well worth it but its a vert steep trail both ways. There is no bridge crossing the brook below the falls, but it is crossable. You can find a map on trails.com in detial listed as Bash-Bish Falls. It was helpful. Totally time for me with 1/2 hour break on top was 5 hours. Great Hike if your up for a challange!
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4/8/2012
There is no trail head sign or blazes until you cross the stream above the falls. it was a little confusing at first until we saw where someone made a log bridge to cross the stream. High water would make this dangerous to attempt. Once across the stream the trail goes straight up the mountain for about 700 ft elev gain in less than a mile. Its a workout. There were no leaves on the trees so there were some decent views here and there when we reached the top of the brutal climb. the views were getting better as we went and the Raptors were out in full force. definately worth it!
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10/11/2009
Beautiful views from Alander Mountain, but the trail description over-promises views along the way. I agree with a previous reviewer that there was not much to see along the way. The trail was well-marked enough. We ended the walk by hiking down to the NY end of the park and back up the river for a while. We never did find a bridge down there, so we had a second ford of the river.
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4/25/2009
This was a challenging hike. Climbing up out of the Bash Bish falls gulley is very steep and challenging. As someone mentioned in an earlier review, the river crossing looked more challenging that I found it. I would recommend that this hike be changed slightly, I would start at the lower carpark. This would allow one to hike to the falls and then up the gulley but return via the South Taconic trail. Mt Alander used to be my favourite Berkshire mountain (nice sunny open spaces) until I discovered Mt Brace about three miles south of Mt Alander. Ciao and happy hiking.
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4/25/2009
**Update:**: Got info from the park supervisor that there is a large effort for trail repair due to the damage caused by the December ice storm. They advise to call the park to get the most current trail information. The parks site also has info on volunteering to help. Mount Washington State Forest 413-528-0330 **Trip**: We used two cars and started at Mt. Washington headquarters, going up the Alander Mt Trail to the top of Alander and down via the route described in this guide to the upper parking of Bash Bish Falls where our second car was parked. The route up on the Mt. Alander Trail was great. Coming down, we had two problems: 1)the South Taconic down from Alander has some damage, with fallen trees. Watch out also for a big trail intersection that is not on any of the maps (we went left to follow the South Taconic Trail). 2) the blazes for the Bash Bish Gorge Trail (blue) disappear halfway down after the split with the South Taconic. (probably the blazes where on trees felled by the ice storm). We had to head back up to the intersection and take the South Taconic down instead which we had little info about and which intersects 344 at another location (lower parking). The end of this is not on the map in this guide but is in the trail map from the trail head.. We hit the Brook and found people who directed us to the lower parking. We walked to the falls and then had to ask around how to get to the upper parking where our car (turns out all the trails lead there .. but after many hours of hiking we were too tired to experiment).
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11/11/2007
The trip down to the falls was short but well worth it. The crossing of the creek seemed like it might be difficult but was quite easy. The water was relatively low at the time.The climb out of the gorge is short but CHALLENGING. I had to use the available roots, cables and guide rails. Once on the ridge the hike is easy with only a slight undulation to Alander. The summit ridge had beautiful views this day! We walked down the other side to the rock outcropping that can be seen from the summit. Just below this is the Mas-NY border marker. Only the way back we visited the AMC cabin. Going back DOWN into the gorge requires some care but is not difficult.
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4/9/2006
The distance is bit off, but it is best hike I have ever had. The trail is very challenging and of course it is long one. You better prepare to hike this trail for the day or you wont have cool dip on top of Bash Bish Falls!
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8/29/2005
The climb near the beginning of the trail is quite steep and a little confusing, so you have to be sure to follow the blazes on the trees. Once up there, I found that most any views that we might have had were obstructed by the trees, etc. The vegetation was dense enough that the trail was narrow and hard to see anything around oneself besides forward and backward. We actually didn't even make it to the end of the trail and decided to turn back probably 3/4 of the way into it because of our lack of being able to see much. So, perhaps we just hadn't made it to the 'amazing views' yet. We didn't see another soul on the trail, which was nice for solitude. The Bash Bish falls near the parking area were beautiful, though.
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6/2/2004
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Trail Information

Mount Washington
Nearby City
5.6
Distance
1,050 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
6 hours
Duration
Best spring through fall
Season
USGS Ashley Falls, Hillsdale; AMC Southwestern Massachusetts Trail Map (AMC Massachusetts and Rhode Island Trail Guide)
Local Maps

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