South Taconic Trail - Mt Alander to Bash Bish Falls

2.9 Miles / 4.7 km
Time to Hike:
1 hour, ~27 minutes
Surface Type:
Mt. Washington State Forest
Copake, Massachusetts
42.088215, -73.504005
March 11, 2018
July 17, 2019
1,515 '

Total Change
111 '

1,699 '


This 2.9 mile one-way section of the South Taconic Trail at the Mt Washington State Forest in Massachusetts runs from the summit of Mount Alander and runs to the west parking lot for the Bash Bish Falls Trail. Along the way, the trail also passes the summit of Bash Bish Mountain before the descent to Bash Bish Brook.

The hike is moderate as you'll have various mountain ridge ascents and descents, but the mountain ridge gives amazing views of the Berkshire mountains and New York state.

The last descent from Bash Bish Mountain is more strenuous on the knees as well. If you plan to hike this out-and-back, plan to bring plenty of water or bring a water filter system to use at Bash Bish Brook.

There's an additional trail, not marked here in the GPS map, that leads east to the Bash Bish Falls eastern parking lot.

Camping/Backpacking: This trail can be used for backpacking, but considering the ridge, it's not as easy. Hammock camping may be easier along this trail. You can use the Mt Alander trail for more camping options.

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  1. Parking

    42.088215, -73.504005
  2. Main Trailhead

    42.088215, -73.504005
  3. View into New York state

    42.08962, -73.50373
    View into New York state
  4. View into New York state

    42.08967, -73.50373
    View into New York state
  5. View east into MA

    42.08957, -73.50363
    View east into MA
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2.9 miles / 4.7 km
Trail added
March 11, 2018
Hiked on
April 14, 2012
Updated on
July 17, 2019

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