At this point, after spending fifteen minutes over-analyzing the options, You’re tough! (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.) 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. Step carefully out there! Hiking info, trail maps, and 42 trip reports from Alander Mountain (2,239 ft) in the Taconic Range of Massachusetts Advanced features of this website require that you enable JavaScript in your browser. Please read it before heading out into the wild green yonder, and let's hope that everyone will adhere to that guidance so that we can keep heading in the right direction in the Hudson Valley. Directions to the trailhead:From Millerton, head north on Route 22.  After about 8.5 miles, turn right onto Under Mountain Road, just after Old New York 22 comes in from the right (for the second time).  Cross over railroad tracks.  About a mile after the turn off of 22, you’ll see the trailhead markings on a tree to your left.  (It says “No Parking” here, but I saw two different cars parked here on my trip. There were segments so overgrown, that if you you looked for a moment, the trail ostensibly vanished. I’m hoping to head out there next weekend (April 29th). 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. Vegetarian/vegan options clearly marked. One more minor detail: If I was hoping to come across an eastern timber rattlesnake in its natural environment, this is the hike I would pick. Thank you !!! and the “closed” portion is the blue blazed allander loop trail? I very much look forward to deleting this warning someday.And also! The closed trail goes north to the cabin junction from the South Taconic Trail and is shown as an unmaintained trail (dotted line) on NYNJTC map #107. If you went straight/left here, which looks logical, you’d end up on a Spur Trail to Nowhere, so try not to do that.”, If you thought you were on Step 5 at that point, you would have been looking at these instructions: “You might notice another trail joining from the left, with a big blue X on the tree to tell you not to go that way. Thanks, There where a number if other people on the trail that were using it as well. 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.  I’ve added a warning at the top of this page accordingly, so hopefully you aren’t finding this out just now. It was okay, though, because there was a great view at the south summit. Add Photo (s) Drop Photo (s) This page is a stub. Without you I would of been very lost. Alander Mountain Trail is a 9.3 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Sheffield, Massachusetts that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. Thanks for helping me have the confidence in the trails. 3.  For the first mile or so, the trail is pretty flat.  Enjoy it while you can.  In just a couple of minutes, after taking in the nice view across the field to your left, you’ll come to the junction with the Robert Brook Trail, which is marked by a tree that is eating the sign. We have enjoyed using your maps and love the photos. Keep it up! A view north from Alander Mountain. The northern end of the trail begins off Route 23 just up the road from the Hillsdale, New York, Catamount Ski Area. Just curious if you know anything about it. 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!). I’ve never seen a copperhead before, and hope to keep that streak going. I have one last question, in your opinion which of these mountains has the best views? Not really paying attention to the time or thinking about what time the sun would be setting. The trail is wet so please wear waterproof boots if you have them. I don’t plan on pushing it if the conditions look that bad. Any tips would be appreciated, thanks! Or just wear whatever you have already. Leave one at the NY trailhead to the Alander Brook Trail on Undermountain Road. From Alander you can see Mt. Hi–I just got back from trying this hike, and had some difficulty at Step 5. Otherwise the views are incredible … nice hike. So I took the left fork instead of the right, and it brought me down to where the red trail meets the white. Enjoy the views, then continue downhill on the South Taconic Trail until you reach the Alander Brook Trail. 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! Alander Mountain is in the Summits category for Berkshire County in the state of Massachusetts. Your trail guide and extensive commentary was really useful and much appreciated. 20 cars in the lot on a cold Sunday. A hole in the wall, but not cheap. What say you my Toddler toting, unafraid of sitting next to rattlesnakes for a break, South Taconic Mountain expert? Turn left and follow this pleasant trail for the next 3.5 miles, paralleling a brook for much of the way. Good trail for doggos. Great hike. 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?). I’m going to echo the previous statements – the blue trail is CLOSED and it is listed on the NYNJTC map as “unmaintained”. Hope you have a great trip, Ricky! We should have realized after we didnt see the cabin to turn back but we went about 2 miles back down the mountain in the opposite direction before we decided to totally do a 180. 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. Part of the Taconic Plateau, the area provides access to multiple peaks Mt Frissel (south) and … Bash Bish Mountain MA (1.7 mi) Bob's Hill NY (5 mi) Brace Mountain NY (3.1 mi) Cedar Mountain NY (2.5 mi) Center Hill NY (4.9 mi) Dugway Hill NY (3.2 mi) Fox Hill NY (3.3 mi) Gridley Mountain CT (3.8 mi) Mount Ashley MA (2.4 mi) Mount Bushnell MA (4.8 mi) Mount Darby MA (3.9 mi) They were congregated in a very small clearing perhaps a half mile down the trail from the summit, if you’re going clockwise. For all the beauty you’ll find here, you won’t be bothered by crowds, unless perhaps you’re competing for a spot in the cabin near the summit.  Actually, that’s been empty both times I’ve been up here, so maybe crowds aren’t an issue there, either. We were just so confused when we looked at the sign and south was north and north was south.  We like our state borders clearly marked, indeed we do. I’ve never done this hike in the winter, and am not sure of the trail conditions at the moment, but would venture a guess that they are fairly gnarly. 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.  Please respect the rules and the super-cool people who determined that closing the loop was necessary.  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. Glad you had a good day out there! Perhaps I’m getting a little senile, at age 63 w 50 years hiking experience. Tonight we accidentally missed the turn off and went straight. horrible smelling; I would never stay that … ranky. 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? You COULD finagle a trip to the top using only the Blue Trail, but that would be a different hike than the one outlined above, and I’ve never tried it before. You can get many views of the region by moving north or south on the South Taconic Trail when you reach the summit. 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. Note that the first blue mark is barely visible from the sign. **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. They keep getting bigger and fatter every year this decade. I hope you’ll continue sharing on this site. Thought you’d be interested to see how this tree/sign relationship has progressed 🙂, Oops heres the image. Washington State Forest homepage, complete with a contact number and with a very nice PDF trail map of the other Mt. I’ve been up Alander three times and never come across a rattler there (though I did recently have a close encounter on its neighbor, Brace Mountain) — I will step more carefully from here on out! He is going to go check it out; so the maybe the trail should be open … and the closed sign was put in by mistake … OR make the trail should be closed and there is no sign at the top saying closed … UNKNOWN at this time. We got down following the loop, not sure exactly how but we did. In any event great site and interesting accounts. Not too far beyond the cabin, and along this overgrown path, is where I discovered the rattlesnakes. Jeff, that picture is INSANE! Just want to say thank you. 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. Thank you! 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 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. me for life. I said to my son that if I wasn’t so sore I would hike back up and put up a sign. It’s our second time there and it was an equally great time. The re-grown red oak northern hardwood forest of Mt. Your overview was great and helped us along the way and I’m not sure what we would have done without it. I’m not going to say anything new as everyone else has said it already, but 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. this weekend and would like your opinion on the possible conditions. Let me know if that doesn’t do the trick! Thank you that definitely helps with my decision, I have a hard time with those. Alander Mountain is a physical feature (summit) in Berkshire County. Follow that back to Under Mountain Road and walk the short distance back to the parking area. It sounds to me like you probably ended up on the Spur Trail to Nowhere mentioned in Step 4. 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