Alander Mountain; Taconic State Park and Mountain Range NY
Mileage: 5.3 mile loop Directions
Rise: About 1450 ft Facebook
Hike time: About 4 hrs Pintrest
Significance: Unbelievable views and there is something cool about walking into another state.
Mount Washington State Forest– The Mass side
Here is some of what you need to know. The view is incredible. If you are walking the loop the blaze sequence will be -Blue, White, Blue,white, then back to the blue you started on. This trail head is in The Taconic State park NY, there is also a Massachusetts trail head in the Mount Washington State Forest. I am told the MA trail is longer but less rugged. This should be on your list for the fall foliage hikes. Read below…
1. Scroll the mouse over the altitude line to see where it lines up on the map
2. Click on the flags for more information
3. Click on the pictures to make them large
The parking area is a little up the road from the trail head, but not much. The beginning of the trail is very reasonable, level with few rocks, and will be marked with the blue blaze. At about 0.9 miles the trail splits, you will want to turn right and go up the hill, do not go left toward the blue x’s. Here is where the uphill climb starts, and goes a little less than a mile before you turn again.
At about 1.6 miles the trail levels out briefly, here you will see this sign. You want to take the trail across from it. The blazes have been blue up until this point and will now turn white. This sign is the place the loop is going to return you to. Again we took the trail directly across from the sign.
You are in for another 1/2 mile of hill climb, this one is more intense than the first. Our hike was in late November after the leaves had fallen making the trail was as slippery as can be.
After all that work the trees on the trail disappear, the sky opens up, and you get your first view of the valley below. We were blown away by how vast it was. Don’t wait to take pictures, where ever you are the view is equally unbelievable. We found nice grassy spot a little before you start your descent, it was a great spot to take a break and enjoy the view.
Hike until you get to the split, we are told there are more views if you go left, right continues you on the trail. We went right and quickly came to the cabin. Their is plenty of room for everybody so don’t fight. You are allowed to sleep here, it appears to be the only place to camp on the mountain, and their are worse places for you to have to sleep. As you are walking out of the cabin, make a left.
After leaving the cabin and making a left you will quickly come to a sign with 3 arrows pointing you back to the top of the mountain. If you want to make this a loop you will go the opposite direction of those arrow. This is where the blue Blazes start. Follow these blue blazes down the mountain for about a mile where you will come to a 3 way intersection. At this intersection you will make a right, this is where the blazes turn white for the last time. This part of the trail will eventually turn back into the blue blazes you started on, and will return you to your car. If you were to do the hike in the opposite order I described, your trip up may be less intense as the altitude is spread out over a greater distance.
This hike is worth the drive from anywhere. The view goes on and on. If you are planning to do one fall hike this year, you will be satisfied with this one. Check out nearby hikes Bash Bish Falls, and the Stissel Fire tower.