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 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 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, which makes it one of the best backpacking trails in Massachusetts.
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 below the summit, 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. The downside to the summit is there are not many places to camp.
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 and is 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: The trail at the summit leads north to Bash Bish Falls, which is about 3 to 4 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. The hike back to Alander is strenuous, so plan to bring plenty of water.
Waterfalls: Small waterfalls can be found in the streams and creeks running down from the mountain along this trail too, but nothing like Bash Bish Falls.