Know the New Hiking How-tos
July 31, 2015
Camping in the South Taconics
Backcountry primitive camping is allowed at designated sites along the Alander Mountain Trail in Mt. Washington State Forest (the campsites are accessed from the trailhead at the headquarters of Mt. Washington State Forest in Massachusetts). Camping is also allowed at designated campsites and shelters along the Appalachian Trail (the Sages Ravine site is closest to the route of the hike). Campgrounds (for car camping) are available at Bash Bish Falls and Rudd Pond. Backcountry camping along the route of the hike is not permitted.
July 30, 2015
is camping alowed?
October 24, 2012
My girlfriend and I just did this hike last weekend and it was fantastic! It was mostly sunny and the views from Round, Frissell, and especially Alander are spectacular. Directions are spot on: I would only underscore that, at the time of writing at least, the footpath leading to Alander's summit (instruction number 10 at Mile 5.1) is indeed a footpath and it is very poorly marked. Keep heading up and you are eventually rewarded with spectacular and far-reaching views. And the writer's estimate of the time to complete the loop was equally spot on: we stopped on several occasions to snack and take in the views and completed the tour just under 6 hours. There's also a guest book at the summit of Frissell and another one at the CT high point.
April 06, 2011
Driving Direction Clarification
West Street becomes East Street and because it might not be clear where this transition occurs the distances may have been confused. According to GoogleMaps, the exact distance driven on West Street is 2.1 miles and the total distance on East Street (both paved and gravel) is 2.6 miles. Once East Street becomes a gravel road, it's a little over 2 miles to the parking area.
April 04, 2011
Driving Directions are incorrect.
The author says: Follow East Street (will become a gravel road) for 2 miles to parking on right just before the MA/CT. This sentence should read: Follow East Street (will become a gravel road) for 3.6 miles to parking on right just before the MA/CT. its a good route, and except for this error directions are good. Highly advise carrying South Taconics map! Bill Walsh