Saturday, May 28, 2011

Hiking - Alander Mountain, MA

Today, Holly and I and friends Dave and Theresa climbed Alander Mountain, near the corner of NY/MA/CT, in Massachusetts' Mount Washington State Forest. It's about a 6--7 mile round trip with excellent views from the summit for a fairly minimal amount of elevation gain.

Along the way, we passed this nice waterfall.

The summit was sunny and windy. The breeze was very welcome, because the sun was very strong as we were eating lunch. The views were mostly to the west, with some more interesting angles to the north and south. This is looking north up the valley along NY-22.

To the south, Mounts Frissell and Brace rose in the distance.

It turned out to feel like a very warm day, though the temperature was only in the upper 70s. The humidity felt like it increased as the day went on, but we avoided the chance of thunderstorms that had been in the forecast. Numbers of hikers increased as we descended, but we never felt crowded on the summit or on the trail.

Good conversation and ice cream on the way home, as always, made for a pleasant day.

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