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Mt Alander

Mt Alander

6.1 Miles Hard

Mt. Washington State Forest
Near Mount Washington, Massachusetts

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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 likely 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 border. 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. This is by far one of the best hiking and backpacking trails in western Massachusetts and the Berkshire Mountains.

There's a small first-come first-served cabin near the summit with a stove and 4 bunks. There are streams on the way up and a seasonal vernal pool at the base of the mountain (behind the hill from the cabin), so there's plenty of water if you're backpacking with a water filter.

A trail at the summit leads north to Bash Bish Falls, which is about 4 miles away from the summit.

Small waterfalls can be found in the streams and creeks running down from the mountain here too.


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42.086166, -73.461197
N 42º 5' 10.2" , W 73º 27' 40.308"
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793 '
Elevation Change
1531 '
Elevation Gain
1532 '
Elevation Loss

7 Reviews

6.1 miles
added on 04/2015
6.1 miles
12/2016
Went back in Dec 2016 and stayed in the cabin by the summit. The trip up in the winter can be sketchy within the last mile as the trail's grade increases and there are more rocks and ice to deal with.
Camping Hiking
6.1 miles
04/2015
Camping Hiking
6.1 miles
04/2015
Camped on the summit again and of course was windy and cold all night, but worth it for the sunrise and sunset.
Camping Hiking
6.1 miles
04/2015
Went back the following weekend in April. Ended up camping directly behind the cabin about 1/8 of a mile beyond the hill. Depending on the rainfall there may be a large pool of water, but there are flat spots for tents close by.
Camping Hiking