6.1 Miles Hard
Mt. Washington State Forest
Near Mount Washington, Massachusetts
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.