|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Alander Mountain, MA|
||Alander Brook Trail, South Taconic Trail, Alander Mountain Trail, Alander Loop Trail, Robert Brook Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, October 7, 2017|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||The lot at the trailhead on Under Mountain Road in Copake, NY was full so we parked along the road. There is a smaller lot that holds 3 cars a bit uphill that was full too.
Note: the trailhead sign says Alander Mountain Trail, but my 9th edition AMC guide and map (yep, one edition outdated) refer to this trail as Alander Brook Trail. |
||Dry Trail |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Alander Brook goes under the trail through a large culvert. There are no water crossings. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||The AMC Massachusetts Trail Guide and its Map 2 were extremely helpful bordering on essential for our first hike on these trails. All of the trails are blazed, but some of the trail intersections are confusing, and that's where the blazes may be missing.
Alander Loop Trail has brushed in some with scratchy scrub oaks but is passable. We got on this trail at its north end (no sign); the south end has a Trail Closed sign. No other problems were visible.
Alander Brook Trail has some slippery accumulated leaves. |
||Traildoggies, beware of hunting seasons in each state you go to, and take proper precautions. |
||There were some around on this warm October day but none were biting. |
|Lost and Found:
||This is a fun and scenic loop about 4.7 miles long with 1550 feet elevation gain. There is some hiking along exposed ridgelines with good views, and nice forest trails. |
In the morning as we were hiking up the Alander Brook Trail, we met a fully adorned and equipped bow hunter hiking down. He told us that the season opened in NY last weekend, and he said that we do not look anything like deer so not to worry.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.