6.1 Miles Hard
The Alander Mountain Trail is a 6.1 mile out-and-back hike up to the summit of Alander Mountain in Mount Washington, Massachusetts. This trail is great for a one or two night backpacking trip and one of the best backpacking trails in the Berkshire Mountains.
Alander Mountain is located in the southwest corner of Massachusetts and lies on the New York and Connecticut borders. From the summit of Alander Mountain, you can see the Catskill Mountains and other features in New York state. There are also views to the south into Connecticut. If you hike north from the summit, you can get an almost 360 degree view of the Berkshires and surrounding states.
Camping near the summit: There's a small, free, first-come first-served cabin near the summit with a stove and 4 bunks. There are streams on the way up the mountain that you can use to filter water as well. Camping on the summit is windy, but not impossible and there are some areas on the summit between the brush which helps cut down on the wind. Just behind the cabin is a small hill you can hike up and over - on this hill are some small areas where you can also setup a tent. Camping on the summit is do-able, but very windy, so not recommended.
Campground along the trail: There's a campground situated half way up the mountain with signs along the trail pointing to the campground's spur trail. Each site is first-come first-serve, free, and they usually sit about 50 feet away from each other. Some sites are more secluded than others, but this backcountry campground is a surefire way to setup your campsite without struggling to find a place close to the summit.
Bash Bish Falls: A section of the South Taconic Trail, at the summit of Mt Alander, leads north to Bash Bish Falls and Bash Bish Mountain, which is about 3 miles away from the summit. The trail down to Bash Bish Falls is very steep as the entire hike out there runs along the ridge of the mountain range and then suddenly drops down to Bash Bish Brook. The hike back to Alander is strenuous, so plan to bring plenty of water.