Alander mtn hiking loop Day 1

Uphill climb

Situated at the corner of 3 states, this backpacking adventure takes us into MA, CT & NY all in one overnight adventure.  During our ascent of Mt. Frissell, we’ll cross the highest point in CT.  The Bear Mountain hike in CT has a plaque that states it’s the highest point but it was latter discovered that it is indeed here on Mt Frissell.  The week prior was filled with heavy rain so the trail was wet & there were many streams but the cool November air made for an excellent hiking climate.

Location: North of Cold Spring, NY on Route 9D
GPS Trail Head Coordinates: 42.085898,-73.461695
Duration: 2 day overnight hiking and camping
Length: 15 mile loop
Season (video): Late Fall
Weather Conditions (video): Partly Cloudy
Trail (video): Alander Mountain loop
State Park: Mount Washington State Forest
Trails taken: Alander mtn. Trail, Ashley Hill Brook, Mt. Frissell Trail, South Taconic Trail, Alander mtn. trail
Difficulty: Moderate

Views: Alander Mountain, Brace Mountain, Mount Frissell

Access: Near South Egremont, MA.  Parking available at State Park HQ near the intersection of East & West Streets.  Near YMCA.
Recommended Supplies: Enough water for a full day hike or overnight (some resupply streams are available), snacks, Energy Bar, Meals, map, CompassFirst Aid Kit
Safety Direction (if lost)East

Day 1 video below. Click here for Day 2



Day 1 video above. Click here for Day 2


Trail Map

  7 comments for “Alander mtn hiking loop Day 1

  1. Mary McCauley
    April 17, 2014 at 8:07 am

    Thank you very much for the very informative video. My husband and I are hoping to do the Alander Loop 2 weeks from now. I was wondering what the total roundtrip miles are for the entire loop as well as hours it took, and how did you break up the miles/hours done on Day 1 and Day 2? You said you started Day 1 late, what time did you start at? We are starting the Trailhead located in Mass. on East Street (which would be the best location start for us since we are coming from Connecticut). Also, was wondering what the laws are regarding small camp fires on this loop in Mass. and NY? Appreciate any info. you have.

    • admin
      April 19, 2014 at 3:21 pm

      Hello Mary. Glad you found the video informative. My round trip was approximately 15 miles. I went about half way and then setup camp for the night. I think I started the hike around 1 but my filming does take up a fair amount of time & energy so you can probably go significantly quicker then I did. As I understand campfires in NY have to be in designated camping areas that have a fire pit. Not sure about Mass laws. Since there is a designated camping area, it likely has some fire pits. Have a great hike!

  2. matt
    March 18, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    Great video! I am working my way through many of you hikes and love them. Keep up the good work. I plan on hiking solo this year and camping alone overnight for the first time. this gave me a great idea of what to expect.

    • admin
      May 6, 2015 at 8:07 pm

      Glad your enjoying the videos and hiking. Have fun!

  3. Shannon
    May 30, 2016 at 9:24 am

    Is overnight parking permitted?

    • admin
      December 18, 2016 at 6:14 am

      Yes there is a campsite

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