Distance: 7.2 miles
Time: 3:41 hours
Map: South Taconic Trails or Mount Everett State Reservation
Parking: Large lot at Mount Washington State Forest Headquarters, at the intersection of East Street and West Street in Mount Washington Township, MA
Restrooms: Portapotty in parking lot
Post Hike Dinner: Taqueria Azteca, 284 Main Street, Greater Barrington, MA. Take out restaurant. A hole in the wall, but not cheap. Vegetarian/vegan options clearly marked.
Trailhead is at parking lot at the park headquarters.
Hike on the blue blazed Alander Mountain Trail.
Pass three side trails - trails are very well marked, with trail names at intersections.
Pass a small cabin on left.
Immediately after the cabin, you come to the intersection of the South Taconic Trail.
The NYNJTC map shows the summit of Alander Mountain as a left onto the Taconic Trail.
The signs on the trail show the summit of Alander Mountain as a right onto the Taconic Trail.
I'm confused! We did see a summit marker on the trail, so I assume we hit it!
My GPS also matched the signs.
This is an out and back. The beginning and end of the hike are very easy. The trail is wide & pretty level. The trail climbs near the summit, but it is not a difficult hike. Easy/moderate. It is relatively little effort for nice views.
This park allows hunting in season.
Year to date miles: 361
|Our dogs were the only leashed dogs we saw. Decided to keep them leashed due to bow hunting season.|
|Follow the Alander Mountain Trail, almost to the summit.|
|We went across 2 very newly constructed bridges.|
|Intersections with other trails were very clearly marked.|
|Continue on Alander Mountain Trail|
|We crossed this stream again. On the way back, we let the dogs play here.|
|The first 2 miles or so are very easy. The trail is relatively level, and wide.|
|Glen decides to put on his orange jacket. We heard shotguns. Bowhunting season in MA, and shotgun season in NY.|
We were in MA, but heard shotguns in NY presumably.
|Looking back at a small cabin that is used by campers. This is where you make a turn to the right (in this photo, it would be to the left).|
|Sign showing the turn right (not left) to the summit.|
|The first time I've seen a sign with a U turn!|
|Starting to get views.|
|We decided to let the dogs loose near the summit.|
|Continue past the summit to get more views!|
|At the MA/NY border (the last hump on ridge we walked along). We decided to turn around here.|
|Looking back at Alander Mountain summit. You'll see a crowd of people there. We came across 2 different scout troops. They loved our dogs.|
|Moxie found some ice & offered it to us.|
|Please throw something for us!|
|Survey marker at the summit.|
|Summit marker from 1938, very close to the survey marker. The summit appears like it used to have a fire tower on it.|
There were 4 concrete pillars on the summit.
|Temperature in the upper 30's, but apparently not too cold to play.|