Another excellent walk-through! Beautiful view at top. Yesterday, a herpetologist from the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife reached out to me, explaining the importance of this area, and the troubled history of people illegally collecting, killing, and harassing the snakes. and I kept checking my compass because I knew a mistake could still happen. summit of Alander Mountain for a breathtaking view. It was really something! But all these delights hardly hint that the top of Alander Mountain will give you the best views you can find anywhere in western Massachusetts." Hike the South Taconic Trail to the 2,250 ft. elev. Alander Mountain Trail is a 5.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Sheffield, Massachusetts that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is marked very well, took about an hour and half to get to the top for us, and then less on the way down, we took our time. I followed this post to a “T” today. For now, I’ll update the trail guide above with a warning. Washington State Forest HQ homepage – the old page had become a broken link that I’d deleted. Your record of the trails are amazing , it will definitely help me when I go back. We stopped here wondering why on earth the trail we just came down would ever be closed to hiking. Would not return. Glad you had a good day out there! It’s steep but seemed fairly well marked. Do you know if there is too much snow? Very much appreciated. You list 1822′ in your description…does the trail climb and dip and climb again to gain that extra 400? I plan on trying this weekend.  Please respect the rules and the super-cool people who determined that closing the loop was necessary. Chrissy's… We decided to do this hike instead of Monument Mountain and I think it was the right choice. 10.  Keep making your way up the trail, stopping often to look at the view behind you.  There’s no one place along this several-hundred-yard length of trail that is the “best” place to take in the view.  If you see a spot that looks good for a picnic or break, by all means, plunk down and gaze into the distance for a while. Hope you have a better run at it next time, and I hope we can help others to avoid the same fate! Good luck if you give it a go! 13.  Optional step: Turn left to head north on the South Taconic Trail and see some different views.  This will add about 20 minutes of hiking to your day, and it will be up-and-back, returning you to this spot.  If you want to see them, turn left and head through the thick underbrush for a few hundred yards, stopping when you get to a small, rocky and grassy clearing.  The views here aren’t earth-shattering compared to what you’ve just seen, but they’d be a destination on any other mountain.  After you’ve taken them in, return to the junction with the sign sticking out of the rock cairn. If I had not established an early rapport with those in my group, they would have thought I was leading them to the slaughter! Thanks, I’m planning to hike this trail soon, and I’m glad I read the updates before attempting it. As usual your directions were spot on! If you find this free trail guide useful, please provide payment by picking up at least one piece of litter on your hike. From here on out, 50% of the proceeds generated from the purchase of sweet custom gear from Hike the Hudson Valley’s online store will be donated to the NY-NJ Trail Conference, the organization that makes so many of our adventures possible. The trail itself is well-maintained, and all but the last section is fairly level. (The snake didn’t even rattle as he gently nudged it off the trail with a long stick – he took a video of the proceedings, and the snake seemed awfully mellow about the whole thing.) Took me 3 hours to do the loop. Slope Point, subsidiary to Alander Mountain: Latitude/Longitude (WGS84) 42° 5' 7'' N, 73° 30' 29'' W 42.085358, -73.508079 (Dec Deg) 623394 E 4660330 N, Zone 18 (UTM) Country: United States: State/Province: Massachusetts New York: County/Second Level Region: Berkshire Columbia (Highest Point) City/Town: Mount Washington Copake By the way, I know you know this but you were in the heart of timber rattler territory with dens close by when you sat on that rock on the loop trail for a break. On our way back, we had a visitor, a black timber rattle snake (around 1.5 feet) right on the middle of the trail path. Have any issues at the section where the trail is apparently closed or closing or no longer maintained? I am thinking of hiking Alander Mt. Not that it’s easy, but it is better. Had weird experiences in business’ in town. Saw a few people as we made our way up, but getting to the summit and the trip back? Looking back over the directions above, I’m pretty sure things went off the rails on Step 4. Today it was raining, misty, windy (noisy! and he was also blocking our path, we ended up having to cut through the brush to get around him. Pardon meh, but is there directions to the trailhead parking on this page? Required fields are marked *. Alander Mountain lies within the borders of Mount Washington State Forest, a 4000+ acre second generation New England hardwood forest with multiple peaks and exuberant falls. The trail is wet so please wear waterproof boots if you have them. You can also read the (perhaps too copious) text above to figure out which way I tackled this hike. I'll do my best to keep that page as up-to-date as possible. Definitely compares favorably to Mount Greylock from that standpoint. Sorta nearby address for your GPS: The intersection of Rt. Chris. 0 Star This. Hi–I just got back from trying this hike, and had some difficulty at Step 5. Thanks again for your hard work on this website. Thank you that definitely helps with my decision, I have a hard time with those. One person in my group looked at it and said, “What’s that supposed to be?” and I said it once was a useful sign telling us where the hell to go from here, but now we’re on our own! After receiving more feedback that this loop was officially closed after the cabin (Step 16 above), I updated the trail guide back in May to advise people to turn around at the cabin to retrace their steps back down the South Taconic Trail. Would it be possible to update the map to show this detour portion? The hike kicked our butts but was so worth it!  Thanks for the heads-up, Sandy!). ), you’ll have climbed about 700 feet from the parking area.  You might want to take a breather at this junction, because the South Taconic Trail isn’t going to take it any easier on you.After you’ve caught your breath, take a left to head uphill on the South Taconic Trail.  You’ll take a few steps up the bank, then curve right with the trail at the tree with the “South Taconic Trail” sign on it. Alander on the wrong side, coming, several miles later, to the Mt. Saw this beauty on South Taconic Trail just north of Alander summit a few weeks ago! Did this hike today. Alander Mountain is in the Summits category for Berkshire County in the state of Massachusetts. It sounds to me like you probably ended up on the Spur Trail to Nowhere mentioned in Step 4. Those timber rattlesnakes are beautiful but one encounter was enough to scare (scar?) Lots of fun! I provided the GPS coordinates primarily to warn hikers to keep alert, and keep away, from that part of the trail. Hi Mike, I’m not going to say anything new as everyone else has said it already, but  Enjoy! Found the day to hike this trail. I became frustrated trying to puzzle together the way went through reading your account and going back and forth with the red dots. Washington St. Forest HQ in Massachusetts, which is what my friend did.  Her group found a nice hiker to drive them back to their car at the other trailhead, a twenty-minute drive, which was very fortunate and cool of that hiker.  But let’s do our best to have you avoid hitchhiking today, shall we?). It’s our second time there and it was an equally great time. Thanks again! Just for fun, I’ve included a photo of a copperhead I took last week in Connecticut. The summit was a big tease as there was a breathtaking view after every big ascent we took however it was not the top so we kept going up and up forever. (It was a near-bushwhack even when it was open, it must be very hard to follow now.) The NY/NJ Trail Conference Map I have from REI shows the beginning of the Alander Brook trail at about 800ft and the summit of Alander at 2250 for a net gain of about 1450′.  You can still follow this hike up to Step 16 or so (right up until the cabin), then you’d need to retrace your steps back to your car. Thank you for providing beautiful pictures and a thorough description of what to look for! 1.  From the parking area, head downhill along the road for a couple hundred yards, back to the trailhead on your right.  Careful on the side of the road – if I’m not mistaken, that is one of the biggest fields of poison ivy I’ve ever seen (this is the only spot I noticed any poison ivy along the hike). I couldn’t believe how much it will cost for the large doses of anti-venom for the timber rattler bite, considering that you need ~20-40 times the dosage amount for other rattlers. 14.  From the junction with the rock cairn, facing the sign as if you’ve just arrived from Step 12 above (whether you did the optional step or not), turn right to head toward the “MASS. **WARNING** While most Hudson Valley parks and trails have reopened, there are still a few notable closures and parking restrictions to be aware of. They were congregated in a very small clearing perhaps a half mile down the trail from the summit, if you’re going clockwise. As for ranking the views in the Taconics, I would recommend Brace (via the South Taconic Trail – listed as Brace Mountain II on this site), then Alander (via either route), then Race (which I did last year and will write up one of these days – beautiful hike, but the view isn’t as good as Brace or Alander). 15.  In just a moment, you’ll see a cabin through the trees.  Head down the bank to pay it a visit.  From what I can tell, this place is first-come, first-served, and free.  Since there’s no camping allowed up here otherwise, the wooden bunks in this cabin look like the only option for sleeping on Alander Mountain. From there, continue straight if you want to see the views from Alander's summit, or turn right and head north to Bash Bish Falls. Advanced features of this website require that you enable JavaScript in your browser. Washington State Forest homepage, complete with a contact number and with a very nice PDF trail map of the other Mt. The valleys below offer endless sites; farmland, forest, ponds, lakes, etc. Alander Mountain MA Trail Conditions and Trip Reports are crowdsourced from many hiking websites across the Internet. "Wet" areas experienced earlier in the season by others are now hardened. This nyebone poster is my hiking buddy, except when he sneaks up Alander Mountain without me, and he’s always quite confused. I do have to mention we (my girlfriend and I) saw a fairly large (3ft. PARK HQ”.  Goodbye for now, South Taconic Trail!  See you again soon. Your instructions are spot on, but now the sign in the cairn in Step 13 is nothing more than a laughable fragment of particle board held onto a stick by a single screw. I’ve put new **UPDATES** on Step 20 and 21 above, based on your input. That road will take you up into Mt. I did follow the trail just as you outlined, which happens to correspond exactly with AllTrails’ GPS route, so I used that as backup. 16.  From the front door of the cabin, look back uphill, the way you just came down.  Straight ahead, you’ll see a sign directing you to the right for the Alander Mt. It’s highly unlikely that busloads of hikers are going to head up the grueling trail to Alander Mountain in the remote hope of seeing a cluster of poisonous snakes. I swept the main part (it has a broom) but it’s still a mess (the Problem of the Commons). or so) timber rattlesnake at the top. And the cabin is …. It was okay, though, because there was a great view at the south summit. I haven’t done Bear or Everett, and Frissell doesn’t have much of a view.  Thanks, whoever did that! No portapotties, bring tp! I like to hear from people who have actually had to use them, kind of hard to find those types of reviews, which I guess is good in a sense. If you could send it to me at [email protected], I should be able to post it here. Very cool well at least i thought so. We should have just listened to instinct really but we followed the sign and later realized it was totally turned around. Great day man. After awhile, fearful we had screwed up, we headed back the way we had come. And here’s the pic – thanks for sending it, Jonny! Directions: Trailhead is at parking lot at the park headquarters. Nov 3, 2020 - Rent from people in Alander Mountain, MA from $20/night. From that point take the South Taconic Trail for a short while until you reach Alander Mountain Summit.  Cool! I would never have anticipated their posting here to be an issue, but this has been an educational experience for me, and I appreciate the sensitivity with which my newfound herpetologist friend approached the conversation here. Hi Jessica! Otherwise the views are incredible … nice hike. Seeing those seven sssnakes together was really spectacular, one of the most fascinating experiences of my life, and probably won’t happen again. Did the hike today and it was awesome! Took us around 3 hours round trip to complete. delete delete found them sorry on the other page Alander II the directions were at the top. This more than doubled the mileage for hike, but since the majority of climbing was in first two miles it didn’t seem too bad! In 0.8 mile, after crossing a brook on a footbridge, you'll come to an intersection (marked by a sign) with the blue-blazed Ashley Hill Trail. I have hiked more than five this summer and fall – all of your trail advise has been very helpful. Hi Mike–Actually I did make the hard right to stay on the blue trail after the culvert. Jessica. So glad you made it down safely! Vegetarian/vegan options clearly marked.  Sigh. Alander Mountain Alander Mountain, 2,239 feet, is a prominent peak of the south Taconic Mountains; it is located in southwest Massachusetts and adjacent New York.Part of the summit is grassy and open and part is covered with scrub oak and shrubs; the sides of the mountain are wooded with northern hardwood tree species. ), which is a bit concerning for me because I’m not an experienced hiker and looking to do this trail which I’ve read is moderate level. I’d love to know the official position on the trail here, and will need to figure out a workaround if the trail is actually closed and returning to nature (that’s really a shame). Alander in particular. Come to think of it, moving to a new location off the trail might even do them much good. I would suggest changing the directions to indicate that you bear right at the intersection with the Blue X. I believe this is just the taconic trail that i was on? 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