Quick hail squall at the top made it even more so on the way down.  Not sure why this sign is here, but until someone tells me that this trail is no longer passable from the top, I guess we’ll all just keep pretending that the “TRAIL CLOSED” sign doesn’t exist. Cha-ching! If you’re running low on energy, you shouldn’t feel like you’re missing out on too much if you skip this step.  I skipped it the last time I was here. 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. Much easier than expected! The cabin itself is great and worth a visit (it has a fairly-new blue tarpaulin over the middle part of the roof) but some of its denizens should never have been born. I just need to get out and have done all of the difficult hikes nearer to me. So sorry to hear that the trail appears to be actually, officially closed now. Your website helped tremendously thank you. Glad you didn’t get any better acquainted with him than you did. Very much appreciated! These posts have been tagged with Alander Mountain MA, or … Alander Mountain is displayed on the Copake USGS quad topo map. Thanks. Hike the South Taconic Trail to the 2,250 ft. elev. I'll do my best to keep that page as up-to-date as possible. Alander in particular. The hike kicked our butts but was so worth it! Rebecca, thanks so much for the helpful information! My goodness. I saw quite a bit of other wildlife, too. I did follow the trail just as you outlined, which happens to correspond exactly with AllTrails’ GPS route, so I used that as backup. Thanks so much for the detailed guide! 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. You can also get directions by checking out the Alander Mountain (Under Mountain Road trailhead) entry on the HiketheHudsonValley.com Google map. I provided the GPS coordinates primarily to warn hikers to keep alert, and keep away, from that part of the trail. I am thinking of hiking Alander Mt. I am taking a group of scouts and want to be sure I understand the elevation/distance ratio. Eureka! Thanks for information. Beautiful view at top. I’m leaning toward Alander and Race, and Bear my third option if I have the time. thanks, Jim. Thanks for the nice follow-up, Unavailable! That spot with the snakes is a very important birthing spot.  Time to retrace your steps back to your car! I heard from a friend who saw a rattler at Minnewaska about a week ago, so they are apparently out and about in the area. Step carefully out there! Saw this beauty on South Taconic Trail just north of Alander summit a few weeks ago! As mentioned above once you turn left at the three way junction (after visiting the cabin) and follow the blue blazed trail until you reach the South Taconic trail, there is a trail closed sign at the end. Sharing the gps with the world goes against all conservation practices and they are state-listed. Directly after that second marker, be sure to take a right to stay on the Robert Brook Trail.  I’m not sure where that trail coming in from the left goes, but it’s definitely not to your car. 18.  About five minutes after turning onto the Alander Loop Trail, you’ll come to a small clearing with limited views.  If you haven’t already stopped for lunch or a snack, this is probably your best bet for the rest of the hike, even though you can’t see the views when you’re sitting. A friend of mine got lost at this spot, so I’d like to make sure we’re absolutely crystal clear on the directions here.  Face the front door of the cabin.  Now turn RIGHT, and head back the way you came, very briefly.  In just a moment, you should the see sign pictured just above, with three arrows pointing right.  At this sign, turn LEFT.  (If you were to make a left turn while facing the front door of the cabin, you’d end up descending Mt. Step carefully out there, everyone! As usual your directions were spot on! Thanks for the validation of the directions, and glad you had a great day out there. Much appreciated! When you see those dark red blazes, turn right onto the Robert Brook Trail.  If you miss the turn, enjoy the summit of Brace Mountain in about two miles or so!  No, but seriously, don’t miss the turn. 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. I recommend this relatively short but somewhat strenuous day hike for anyone with some spare time in the area (whether a tourist or resident). Hiking trails are created so people can enjoy nature. 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. Otherwise the views are incredible … nice hike. I’m hoping to head out there next weekend (April 29th). From the kiosk near the end of the parking area, enter the woods, following the Alander Mountain Trail, which is not blazed at this point. **UPDATE May 2019** Okay, someone told me that the trail is no longer accessible from the top. 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. 24.  Keep steadily descending, giving away all that altitude you worked so hard to earn.  It took us 40 minutes from the start of the Robert Brook Trail to reach the eponymous Robert Brook.  Once you cross that brook, you’re very close to the finish line. Hope this helps — and thank you to everyone for helping to keep this trail guide as current, accurate, and responsible as possible. I plan on trying this weekend.  Cool! All in all a beautiful hike with better than expected views at the top. Hope that helps! That said … the sign in the cairn is just a stick and a well something that use to be a sign now but is long gone. Alander Mountain is in the Summits category for Berkshire County in the state of Massachusetts. I noticed that too. **UPDATE February 24, 2014** The Massachusetts Dept of Conservation and Recreation has a very nice (revamped, I’m almost 100% sure) Mt. Thanks so much for the update! Several toads, many birds (some quite large), and what I think was a porcupine climbing a tree near the South Taconic/Robert Brook junction. Super-cool Google Earth flyover of hike route: Related resources: If you’re looking for actual facts and/or useful information, visit these resources: More Alander Mountain pictures from the hike’s Picasa album (with a special thanks to my buddy Jeff Hofer for providing some of these photos): In case you lose connectivity out there: Save as PDF, Want to support trails in the Hudson Valley? Alander hike (the majority of the hike outlined below isn’t shown on that map, but it’s still a nice resource to have).  Thanks, MassParks! **WARNING** While most Hudson Valley parks and trails have reopened, there are still a few notable closures and parking restrictions to be aware of. If you click the first link in the “GPS goodies” section at the top of this page — the one that says “Google Terrain map” — you’ll see an overlay of the elevation profile for this hike, including the little upward jog between mile 3 and 4 that should account for a good percentage of that extra 400 ft (if you’re using a mobile device to click that link, you won’t see the elevation profile – it needs to be a regular laptop/desktop browser). Did you follow the route outlined above? I slipped on my crampons and flew up, followed by down, the icy but correct trail. I followed this post to a “T” today. Today it was raining, misty, windy (noisy! I haven’t done Bear or Everett, and Frissell doesn’t have much of a view. Pardon meh, but is there directions to the trailhead parking on this page? I ran into a rattler on nearby Brace Mountain, and I don’t recall finding the humor in the whole thing until way, way later. No portapotties, bring tp! I hope you’ll continue sharing on this site. I’m going to echo the previous statements – the blue trail is CLOSED and it is listed on the NYNJTC map as “unmaintained”. That way, albeit probably longer, is a gentle carriage way esque trail right to the top of the Alander Trail. Nov 3, 2020 - Rent from people in Alander Mountain, MA from $20/night. I hope I don’t have one of those horrible nightmares tonight in which nasty dogs attack and swallow poor innocent rattle snakes (and nyebones) in filthy cabins. The Mountain Laurel must be stunning during bloom. Tweet Share Email. You can get many views of the region by moving north or south on the South Taconic Trail when you reach the summit. Perhaps my reading comprehension is not what it once was, but I was almost sure that you took the other way up and the left turn near the ny/mass border was where you picked up the STC in step 7. Is there anything I could change in the text that would have helped to avoid this problem? 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. Enjoy the views, then continue downhill on the South Taconic Trail until you reach the Alander Brook Trail. Suggest it for a beginner or if you’re just looking for an Instagram shoot with a pretty background, and small amount of work to get to. Is it possible to take the blue trail all the way up? Mount Frissell and Brace Mountain Loop Trail, Guilder Pond and Mount Washington Lookout Trail, Appalachian Trail from Jug End to Bear Mountain, Mount Fissell Trail to Alander Mountain Trail, Mount Everett, Bear Mountain, and Alander Loop, Jug End State Reservation & Wildlife Management Area. Follow that back to Under Mountain Road and walk the short distance back to the parking area. We hiked for quite a long time, unable to find the South Taconic Trail turnoff. 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. My little cousins found one on a hike up in Maine, and there was a logbook and some trinkets inside — as I understand it, the idea is generally to sign in, take a trinket and leave a trinket for the next person who comes along. Are Braces best views toward the Catskills rather than the rest of the Taconics? Subscribe: Notify me of follow-up comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting. Took us around 3 hours round trip to complete. Path is extremely well-marked and wide for most of the hike. Great time but this was definitely a challenging hike for me. There are also views to the south into Connecticut. You doing this with a kid made it feel super attainable. 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. I’m actually hoping to come across some rattlers to photograph; has anyone come across them this early in the season? Very much appreciated. Post Hike Dinner: Taqueria Azteca, 284 Main Street, Greater Barrington, MA. Any advise would be appreciated. Hope that all sounds copasetic to you, and hope to see you around this site (and perhaps even on the trails) sometime soon! Near the top, you'll come to the hiker cabin, at which point you'll turn right and climb up to the intersection with the Taconic Trail. Beautiful view at the top with a nice breeze. I am originally from Texas so I found it humorous to run into a rattlesnake in New England but my Berkshire native girlfriend didn’t find it as funny. Btw, met some NYNJ Trail Conference folks on the way down & told them about the sign. Background you can feel free to skip: There are several good ways to get to the top of Alander Mountain, but there aren’t any easy ones.  Of the two ways I’ve tried, the first is the longest hike (8 miles) I’ve ever done with a baby on my back, and the other is the steepest (1,822 feet in ascent in 5.4 miles).  I’ll write up the steeper, shorter version here, but if you’d like to try the longer, gentler climb (the trailhead for this one is 700 feet higher), check out the write-up for Alander Mountain II. Just for fun, I’ve included a photo of a copperhead I took last week in Connecticut. this weekend and would like your opinion on the possible conditions. He asked if we could please take down those coordinates, with the understanding that both you and I would be hesitant to do so (you because you’re trying to help your fellow hikers, and me because I don’t want to mess with other people’s comments). You’re in no real danger around a venomous snake unless you antagonize it, or accidentally step too closely. Before heading out for your next adventure, please check my Hudson Valley trail closures and parking restrictions due to COVID-19 page to make sure that your intended destination is open. But got to say, the almost 360 degree view at the summit was worth every bit. Definitely a bit alarming but a fun time, I want to go back and try and get Brace Mountain done by the end of the fall. I saw that sign on the way down, but there was not one at the top. It was okay, though, because there was a great view at the south summit. Let me know if I didn’t answer your question. Really appreciate your pictures and updates! Contribute.  Just visualize an awesome, helpful sign in that cairn and you’ll be all set. From the summit of Alander Mountain, you can see the Catskill Mountains and other features in New York state. **UPDATE May 2019 — PLEASE READ!!! None of the seven snakes were alarmed by my hiking group’s presence so I seriously doubt they gathered at the end of the day and agreed to stop reproducing. 11.  On your left, after some more steep climbing, you might notice a sign that tells you you’ve come .8 miles (that’s all?) As a side note, I’ve often read that people turn back on the trail when a rattlesnake is present and I wonder if they think these creatures have hidden legs and will suddenly leap up and bite them in the face. Summit and South Taconic Trail.  You could retrace your steps to return to your car back this way if you’d like, but I like a good loop, and the way we’ll take down also has some nice views (it’s about the same distance either way). Belong anywhere with Airbnb. I would prefer to take the more gentler trail, but I also see that it’s an 8 mile loop compared to the shorter, more harder route at 5.4 miles. All of it. Please remove that for the sake of the snakes. Did not see much on the way up. Park the second car at Mt.  (My old-ish Garmin Nuvi lets me put in an intersection as a destination, so hopefully yours does, too. If I had not established an early rapport with those in my group, they would have thought I was leading them to the slaughter! My friend and I decided to take a hike up there yesterday around 3:15. and the “closed” portion is the blue blazed allander loop trail? trail Difficulty: Moderate. Walk up to that sign and turn left, into the Great Unknown.  Or at least the Great Unmentioned on That Sign, since it doesn’t say what happens when you go left. Hope you have a better run at it next time, and I hope we can help others to avoid the same fate! The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference offers concise, excellent advice on hiking during this crisis here: The New Hiking How-tos. I have one last question, in your opinion which of these mountains has the best views? Do you have an address for the parking area at the start of the trail? This is contradictory to the summit location on my NYNJ trail map, hence the confusion. The trail we did was the one in the book (as of 1999), the blue-blazed Alander Mtn trail from Mt Washington State Forest headquarters. Â. 20 cars in the lot on a cold Sunday. Thank you, Kelly! They are very common in the Taconic Range, and at Mt. 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 As there is no trail closed sign on the other end. But yea, the rattlesnake was beautiful for sure. Got within 10 feet and the biggest one started rattling, so I went no further. Definitely compares favorably to Mount Greylock from that standpoint. 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. 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. Your overview was great and helped us along the way and I’m not sure what we would have done without it. I plan to try the hike again, so will take some photos to clear up what I mean. Chrissy's… I messaged an older friend who has hiked the valley extensively for decades and he replied that he’s never seen more than 3 rattlesnakes together at once. Great directions…Ive hiked a lot of areas in the US and this was a very rewarding hike. Do you know if anyone has tried this late in the year. Thank you! Trail was muddy and wet much of the way. Hope that helps, and I hope you and the scouts have a great trip! Early on the trail was nice but returning from the summit the trail back was too crowded. The summit of Alander Mountain is unique for this area in that there’s no one place you can point to and say, “This is the best spot to take in the view.” The grass, rocks and low bushes along the trail at the summit allow you to stop wherever you’d like, grab a … They’re apparently all over the place in the Taconics. Alander in Berkshire County (Massachusetts) is a city in United States about 288 mi (or 463 km) north-east of Washington DC, the country's capital city. Good trail for doggos. I have a question though. If you were to do this hike in reverse (counter clockwise): I noticed that there’s a sign on the southern end of the blue, Alander Loop, trail where it ‘dead ends’ in step 20, saying that the trail is closed and advising to ascend Alander Mtn using the South Taconic Trail. trail closure that makes the loop hike documented on this page no longer accessible. I’m also curious for an update on the trail conditions up that way. 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. Leave one at the NY trailhead to the Alander Brook Trail on Undermountain Road. We reached at the cabin, and continued upwards to the summit. ), 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. Glad to hear the site has been useful for you! 🙂, Hi, first off – thanks for all of the work that you have done on all of the trails. Overall a perfect hike. Those timber rattlesnakes are beautiful but one encounter was enough to scare (scar?) I’m planning to hike this trail soon, and I’m glad I read the updates before attempting it. From that point take the South Taconic Trail for a short while until you reach Alander Mountain Summit.  Thanks, whoever did that! I’ve removed the sentence with the coordinates. The views are great. PARK HQ”.  Goodbye for now, South Taconic Trail!  See you again soon. Found the day to hike this trail. Either way the hike was amazing, and your trail guide, a usual, was helpful in negotiating it. 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! Took this trail just a few weeks ago. I wish I had seen this before doing this hike yesterday. 6.  Shortly after the culvert, the trail reminds you that you are, indeed, climbing a mountain.  The next junction to look for is with the white-blazed South Taconic Trail.It took us 30 minutes to get to that junction from the culvert, including stops to take pictures of salamanders. 25.  Less than ten minutes after crossing the stream (probably much less – my son wanted out of the bag, so he walked the rest of the way to the car from here, throwing off my time estimates a bit), you’ll arrive back at the junction with the sign-eating tree.  Hooray! 2.  From the trailhead, which is clearly marked with several signs on a tree facing the road, hop on the blue-blazed Alander Brook Trail.  Only 2.5 miles from here to the junction with Alander Mountain Trail at the summit?  Piece of cake!  Strenuous, strenuous cake. Likely will do again next year. I have a couple of comments for anyone who is planning to hike this…to Mike’s point you are going to get your heart rate up fast and it will not drop until you get to the summit. That’s good to know – never tried that way. And here’s the pic – thanks for sending it, Jonny! 3) Take the blue path to the left up (southeast) which later curves southwest down. At that point, we would have to turn right again to stay on the blue trail (left would turn us toward the tree with the X). Very steep to the summit with a well deserved vista! I just want to point out that the sign mentioned in Steps 12-14 (the sign sticking out of the rock cairn) is in bad shape. (The pic I posted of the sign is after I picked up a fallen piece & kind of leaned it next to the attached piece). 9.  And all of a sudden, there they are.  Those views. Thanks, If you could send it to me at [email protected], I should be able to post it here. Not really paying attention to the time or thinking about what time the sun would be setting. So glad you made it down safely! Hey Mike, Turn left and follow this pleasant trail for the next 3.5 miles, paralleling a brook for much of the way.  There is no corresponding sign at the top of the trail to actually, you know, close the trail. Thanks Paul. Quite steep up and down, but Ioved it. Alander Mountain and Brace Mountain Loop is a 10.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Sheffield, Massachusetts that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. **UPDATE November 2017**As reported by several alert hikers in the comments below, you may see a “TRAIL CLOSED” sign at this junction, referring to the Alander Loop Trail trail that you’ve just traversed. **UPDATE August 2019** As mentioned above, the loop documented below is no longer a viable option — the connector trail that made the loop possible is now officially closed. I’m a bit confused by the directions, why do you not turn towards the arrow pointing to the summit? and I kept checking my compass because I knew a mistake could still happen. There was a sort of big climb after that and then I arrived at the intersection With the X on the tree.mentioned. Thanks for the great guide. Really enjoyed this one. Also, when you heading down and looking for the Robert Brook trail, the red markers have faded, so you really have to pay attention. A hole in the wall, but not cheap. summit of Alander Mountain for a breathtaking view. If you know the place and/or have some photos to share, we'd love your help! Well marked trail. There is a better way to get to Alander Mountain without absolutely killing yourself. There were segments so overgrown, that if you you looked for a moment, the trail ostensibly vanished. Maybe Bear should replace Race? It’s getting to the point where I’d rather deal with the icy death cookies of the South Taconic Trail in winter than hike the corridor from Brace up to Alander and over to Bear north to Race in the summer. I definitely plan on going back, to try a different trail to the mount. haha good stuff, I should start smoking weed again it makes me more perceptive. Alander Mountain-Southwest Ridge (2110 ft/643 m) Latitude/Longitude (WGS84) 42° 5' 16'' N, 73° 30' 17'' W 42.087893, -73.504593 (Dec Deg) 623677 E 4660617 N, Zone 18 (UTM) The trail is wet so please wear waterproof boots if you have them. Hi Brendan! delete delete found them sorry on the other page Alander II the directions were at the top. Lots of fun! I saw a very similar-sounding ammo box at Fahnestock Park just this week (which reminded me to come back and finally reply to your comment – sorry it took me so long!). You wisely tell folks to go right to continue the loop when they get to that junction. so hopefully this won’t slow you down too much! Alander Trailhead (3F8M+98 Boston Corner, Ancram, NY) and hiked up to Mt. Thanks for stopping by! At the junction where the tree with the X is, I tried the other trail (which would have been a right turn at the junction not “straight”), and eventually saw a blue blaze on a tree. I am hopeful that you did not get that much snow ‘up north’ – I live in Westchester – and that today’s temps melt what ever you did get. I became frustrated trying to puzzle together the way went through reading your account and going back and forth with the red dots. 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