Distance

5.4 Miles

Elevation Gain

1822 Feet

Activities

Hiking

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Year Round

Type

Loop

Added by

Rebecca Nichols

Forest
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

This gorgeous hike will give you an excellent workout and reward! The large summit offers outstanding views!

There are several ways to approach Alander Mountain.  The hike described here will be from the New York side in Millerton.

From the parking area, head back along the road for a couple hundred yards, to the trailhead on your right. At the trailhead which is marked with a sign on a tree take the blue-blazed Alander Brook Trail.  Very quickly you’ll come to the junction with the Robert Brook Trail.  This will be your return to complete your loop.  Therefore, continue on the blue-blazed Alander Brook Trail.

Make sure to pay attention to the blue-blazes.  You might notice another trail joining from the left, which has several blue X's on the tree to tell you not to go that way.  Basically do not go that way and continue to follow the blue-blazes.

The next junction to look for is the white-blazed South Taconic Trail. Take a left to ascend on the South Taconic Trail.  Though a moderate to steep climb you will soon be awarded.   Once you come out of the trees, a several-hundred-yard length of trail will allow you views in most directions.  Continue following the white-blazed rocks.  

You’ll head back into the trees and arrive at a trail junction, with an old weathered sign sticking out of a small rock cairn.  The sign is no longer legible.  Turn right here and you will quickly see a cabin through the trees.  Pay it a visit.  It is a first come, first serve basis. 

Now looking out the cabin door take a left.  You will shortly see a sign high on a tree at a three-way junction.  Here you will take a left on the blue-blazed trail (Alander Loop Trail).  After a few minutes you’ll come to a small clearing with limited views.  Keep descending for one more view.  Eventually the blue-blazed trail dead ends into the white-blazed South Taconic Trail.  Here you will take a left and follow the trail for a short distance.

At the next junction turn right onto the red-blazed Robert Brook Trail.  Along the trail you will notice three MASS-NY state border markers.  Follow this 1.2 mile trail until it's end to complete your loop.  Here take a left to follow the blue-blazed Alander Brook Trail back to the trailhead.

Then another left on the road takes you back to your vehicle. 

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Distance

5.4 Miles

Elevation Gain

1822 Feet

Activities

Hiking

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Year Round

Type

Loop

Added by

Rebecca Nichols

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