Ascent of Alander Mountain-Southwest Ridge on 2011-10-06

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Thursday, October 6, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Alander Mountain-Southwest Ridge
    Location:USA-Massachusetts/New York
    Elevation:2110 ft / 643 m

Ascent Trip Report

This report covers a point-to-point/clockwise trail hike over 8 peaks ...... 10.4 miles, 5h50 hours RT.

I approached this hike from the west side, Rose dropped me off at the Alander Brook TH parking on Under Mountain Road, she'll drive into Poughkeepsie and pick me up later, 3.34 miles south of here, at the South Taconic TH parking on Quarry Hill Road. I did a point-to-point/clockwise hike over 8 peaks all as per below. The primary reason for this trip was the 2 NY CoHPs.

I left the Under Mountain Road TH northbound on the Alander Brook Trail to a left turn on South Taconic Trail at 1.4 miles, which climbs fairly steeply about .4 miles to the summit area of ALANDER MOUNTAIN-SOUTHWEST RIDGE (Columbia County Highest Point) ...... a very rocky shoulder of Alander Mountain, I used the PB coordinates to zero-in on the area, found the Monument and stomped the area to ensure stepping on "the" HP. This is an outstanding Ridge with super views and from the number of people(16)I met on this day a very popular hiking destination.

I continued northbound on the South Taconic Trail about .4 miles to the rocky summit of ALANDER MOUNTAIN ..... outstanding open spot with a USC&G Survey Marker, 3 old foundations and a large sign giving directions to different destinations. As I took my break, a large hiking group arrived southbound and joined me for a nice chat.

After a 15 minute break I walked north 150 yards to a right turn on Alander East Loop Trail, which descends southbound through stunted growth to the South Taconic Trail at about 1700 feet elevation. The view from this Loop Trail (at high elevation) to the Alander Ridge to the west is superb.
I turned right on the South Taconic Trail and followed it southbound, as it climbs in the woods moderately to BRACE MOUNTAIN-NORTH PEAK ..... a nice open rocky summit, with good views, I took a nice break here.

I continued southbound a very short distance to a signed Trail Junction, I turned left on the Mount Frissell Trail eastbound .7 miles to MOUNT FRISSELL-SOUTH SLOPE ...... at a BM with a large cairn, this is Connecticut's Highest Point. On the way I passed by a NY/MA stone monument.
I stayed on the trail eastbound .3 miles to MOUNT FRISSELL ...... a wooded summit with a Highpointers Club Canister (a large box), I signed the new register, recently changed in September, 2011.

I backtracked over the MOUNT FRISSELL-SOUTH SLOPE to the South Taconic Trail (1 mile), turned left southbound for the short hop (.4 miles) to BRACE MOUNTAIN (NY Dutchess County Highest Point) ...... a super open rocky summit with a huge cairn topped with a wind catcher, open views, the HP is not obvious so I stomped the whole summit area to ensure "the" HP.

I stayed southbound on the South Taconic Trail for a short .4 miles to BRACE MOUNTAIN-SOUTH PEAK ..... mostly open summit with stunted vegetation. The trail continues/descends southbound 1.5 miles to the TH on Quarry Hill Road. About half a mile of this descend at a water fall area is extremely steep requiring some scrambling, extreme caution is required. Its much safer to climb this section.
Rose was there waiting.

We drove north to Albany, overnighting at a hotel off of I87. Tomorrow we will drive home completing a 12 day hiking trip.


Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1310 ft / 399 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
super day
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1310 ft / 399 m
    Distance:1.6 mi / 2.6 km
    Route:alander bk/south taconic trs nb from under mtn rd
    Start Trailhead:Alander Brook TH on Under Mountain Road  800 ft / 243 m
    Time:1 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Route:south taconic trail nb to Alander
Ascent Part of Trip: alander

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Alander Mountain-Southwest Ridge2011-10-06 a1310 ft / 399 m
2Alander Mountain2011-10-06 b160 ft / 49 m
3Brace Mountain-North Peak2011-10-06 c654 ft / 199 m
4Mount Frissell-South Slope2011-10-06 d300 ft / 91 m
5Mount Frissell2011-10-06 e141 ft / 43 m
6Mount Frissell-South Slope2011-10-06 f20 ft / 6 m
7Brace Mountain2011-10-06 g193 ft / 59 m
8Brace Mountain-South Peak2011-10-06 h153 ft / 47 m
Total Trip Gain: 2931 ft / 893 m    Total Trip Loss: 1533 ft / 466 m

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