Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Alander Mountain, Brace Mountain, Mt. Frissell, Round Mountain, MA
Trails: Alander Mountain Trail, South Taconic Trail, Mt. Frissell Trail, road walk, Northwest Road, Appalachian Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, October 23, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at Mt Washington State Forest HQ on East St on Friday morning. There were four or five cars there, but there's room for 15 or 20. Got back to the lot on Saturday about noon, and there were about ten cars in the lot and several hikers starting up the trail, despite the gloomy conditions. No problem leaving the car in the lot overnight. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Leaves - Significant/Slippery 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Crossings on Alander Mt Trail are all bridged. The only crossing that required some care was the one at the east end of Sages Ravine. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails were in excellent condition. A few blowdowns here and there. There are a lot of leaves on the trails, making them slippery in places. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw only a couple of dogs. These trails would be fine for dogs. 
Bugs: Nope 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: There was a sweatshirt hanging on a branch about halfway down the steep section on Round Mt. I left it there, because I had seen a hiker with sneakers, blue jeans, no pack, and no shirt, sweating profusely and struggling at the top of that section, and I thought the sweatshirt might belong to him. Trails were very clean, but I packed out a few pieces of trash that I found. 
Comments: Day 1 of 2-day trip: the weather forecast wasn't great, but I've wanted to do this trip for a long time, so I went anyway. Although there were a few breaks with sun on the drive out, it was gloomy when I started up. I only ran into one hiker coming down Alander, and he said he didn't get any views. But by the time I reached the summit, it was partly sunny and I got some views. Not a beautiful fall day like many others this year, but not bad at all. After the short ridge walk, the South Taconic Trail was a very pleasant walk in the woods, with some nice color. Brace Mt is an easy climb and has great views. Hit the NY/MA/CT tri-state marker and the CT high point marker on the way up Mt Frissell. The walk through Sages Ravine was beautiful as always, with good water flow. Continued up to Laurel Ridge Campsite, where I spent the night. To my knowledge, I was the only one at the campsite. Didn't see many hikers all day: one coming down Alander, two on Brace Mt, four going up Round Mt, and five or six in the Sages Ravine area.  
Name: BC 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-10-25 
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