For this hike, I just scrapped the Everytrail link and created a new Google map that includes the waypoint labels — try clicking the link in the “GPS Goodies” section above and see if you don’t find it more useful now. I reached the Robert Brook trail junction with time and energy to spare, so I continued on South Taconic trail to Brace Mountain summit then over to Mount Frissell for summit and Connecticut high point before heading back to complete loop. Sharpe) A Avoir examinez à part et mondialisation a mieux sobrevivir temps de. 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. Along the way down we encountered a 3ft timber rattler. 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 primary coordinates for Alander Mountain places it within the MA 01258 ZIP Code delivery area.. Maps, Driving Directions & Local Area Information Thanks so much for the update! Trail was muddy and wet much of the way. Hi Mike–Actually I did make the hard right to stay on the blue trail after the culvert. Glad you didn’t get any better acquainted with him than you did. I have a question though. Thanks for your response. 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. Sorta nearby address for your GPS: The intersection of Rt. Post Hike Dinner: Taqueria Azteca, 284 Main Street, Greater Barrington, MA. 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. 22 and Under Mountain Road in Ancram, NY is one mile from the trailhead. Jeannine just validated the above trail guide about a week ago, so I’m confident that people could follow the instructions as they are without any issues. Absolutely breath taking view at the top. But got to say, the almost 360 degree view at the summit was worth every bit. Thank you! Like and Share. 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.  Please respect the rules and the super-cool people who determined that closing the loop was necessary. Otherwise the views are incredible … nice hike. Sharing the gps with the world goes against all conservation practices and they are state-listed. Why would you want to diminish that? Very much appreciated! 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′. Thank you, Sandy! But then I realized the steps didn’t in anyway correspond to the red dots and I had no idea of which way you went up. 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. I’ve put new **UPDATES** on Step 20 and 21 above, based on your input. You’re in no real danger around a venomous snake unless you antagonize it, or accidentally step too closely. Washington State Forest … and the person I spoke with actually didn’t know that the trail was closed at the bottom. 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?) 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. Then drive back to Washington HQ and get your second car. It was quite an experience. All joking aside, I used the NYNJTC map and its contour lines, my compass, my crampons, Seems like this area, including Brace Mountain, is not in any danger of running out of rattlesnakes anytime soon. After awhile, fearful we had screwed up, we headed back the way we had come. I hope you’ll continue sharing on this site. They were congregated in a very small clearing perhaps a half mile down the trail from the summit, if you’re going clockwise. Please remove that for the sake of the snakes. Alander from the NY side. Anyhoo… a wonderful hike thanks for posting it on your GREAT website. Had weird experiences in business’ in town. Microspikes a must. Good luck if you give it a go! PARK HQ”.  Goodbye for now, South Taconic Trail!  See you again soon.  Thanks, whoever did that! 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!). 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. I’m going to echo the previous statements – the blue trail is CLOSED and it is listed on the NYNJTC map as “unmaintained”.  In any event, there’s only room for one car, and a nice, officially approved pull-off is just up the road. 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). (There’s a house right across the street, but it seems weird for me to post private addresses to this site, so I generally don’t do it.). Cathy, I’m so sorry to hear this. Vegetarian/vegan options clearly marked. Alander Mountain is located in the southwest corner of Massachusetts and lies on the New York and Connecticut borders. Another excellent walk-through! I’ve never seen a copperhead before, and hope to keep that streak going. At the point with the two way fork in the road that either leads you towards the cabin area or brings you straight north of the mountain we encountered a timber rattlesnake, or what I believe is a timber rattlesnake. 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. 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. 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. Very enjoyable. "Wet" areas experienced earlier in the season by others are now hardened. Without you I would of been very lost. I did follow the trail just as you outlined, which happens to correspond exactly with AllTrails’ GPS route, so I used that as backup. Likely will do again next year. That's cool, too.  Time to retrace your steps back to your car! Either way the hike was amazing, and your trail guide, a usual, was helpful in negotiating it. Cha-ching! All of it. Hope this helps — and thank you to everyone for helping to keep this trail guide as current, accurate, and responsible as possible. Thanks for stopping by!  Thanks for the heads-up, Sandy!). For some reason, Everytrail made changes that removed the animations and stripped out the waypoint labels (hence the red pins with no text). 0 Star This. Please leave a comment! Thanks for the validation of the directions, and glad you had a great day out there. Pardon meh, but is there directions to the trailhead parking on this page? 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 Mountain, Berkshire County, Massachusetts. I became frustrated trying to puzzle together the way went through reading your account and going back and forth with the red dots. Katie, thank you so much for the update! (And here’s a quick primer on Leave No Trace, too, to help us keep the trails nice and fresh for each other.). But I’m sure you kept a close eye on the kid, what an experience he’s lucky to have had at such a young age. Alander Mountain, is a prominent peak of the south Taconic Mountains; it is located in southwest Massachusetts and adjacent New York. When I first created this site, the Everytrail.com maps that I’d create from my GPS data would include waypoint labels and animations of the hike route. Trail, Alander Mt. Thanks again for your hard work on this website. Trail a bit muddy but lots of good water spots along the way. John, I posted that almost a year ago and you’re the first person to even reply, so thank you. The “Trail Closed” sign is at 42.07898, -73.50505. Eventually you arrive at a cabin. 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 tr Hike on the blue blazed Alander Mountain Trail. As a side note this trail is not hiked by the masses which is great, but the trail is not well maintained and the markers are few and far in between or have faded to the point you can barely make them out. Still a solid hike this way, but heads up I don’t think it can be done as a loop anymore 🙁. We hiked for quite a long time, unable to find the South Taconic Trail turnoff. Follow that back to Under Mountain Road and walk the short distance back to the parking area. Lots of canines on this trail. So glad you made it down safely! Did this hike about a week ago–as you put it so succinctly–great views, steep climb! Park the second car at Mt. There are also views to the south into Connecticut. I don’t plan on pushing it if the conditions look that bad. Does that sound like the right prognosis? Leave one at the NY trailhead to the Alander Brook Trail on Undermountain Road. Glad to hear the site has been useful for you! ), GPS coordinates of parking area: 42.06534, -73.51535 (clicking will open in Google Maps or the Apple Maps app, depending on your broswer/device). 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. If you have to use the restroom, use it about 20 minutes before you’re arriving at the trail somewhere, otherwise be down with being one with nature. I’m a bit confused by the directions, why do you not turn towards the arrow pointing to the summit? Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Here are the mountains and hills within a few miles of Alander Mountain MA. Got within 10 feet and the biggest one started rattling, so I went no further. I said to my son that if I wasn’t so sore I would hike back up and put up a sign. Thanks! 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. 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. 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. Alander Mountain, 2,239 feet (682 m) is a prominent peak of the south Taconic Mountains; it is located in southwest Massachusetts and adjacent New York. I do have to mention we (my girlfriend and I) saw a fairly large (3ft. I have one question though regarding the elevation gain. 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! As usual your directions were spot on! How come the red dots on the map don’t say which junction it is? Looking back over the directions above, I’m pretty sure things went off the rails on Step 4.  I’ve added a warning at the top of this page accordingly, so hopefully you aren’t finding this out just now. Just walk behind it, and continue on your way, just as the snake is doing. Is it possible to take the blue trail all the way up? I wish I had seen this before doing this hike yesterday. Do you know if there is too much snow? and I kept checking my compass because I knew a mistake could still happen. As for the ammo box, I strongly suspect that you happened across a geocaching cache (http://www.geocaching.com/). So sorry to hear that the trail appears to be actually, officially closed now. If you could send it to me at [email protected], I should be able to post it here. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. There is a better way to get to Alander Mountain without absolutely killing yourself. 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