Thursday, August 13, 2015

Alander Mountain--from West to East

I have been up Alander Mountain three times this summer. The climb is moderate and doable and the views are magnificent. It has several trails on both the east and west sides and the South Taconic Trail runs along the top of the ridge. And it's practically in my backyard. What could be better!

I climbed it with the Silver Scramblers in mid-July. The weather was perfect, company was great and the views, amazing. We started on the Robert Brook Trail on Under Mountain Road in Copake, went north on the South Taconic Trail over Alander and down to Mount Washington State Forest Headquarters on the Alander Mountain Trail.

The trail began in a hardwood forest.
I'm smiling because, actually, I'm not lost!
The first opportunity for an extended view to the southwest.
Jay Weintraub is the leader of the Silver Scramblers.
Bella, the dog is an avid participant.
At the top were several beautiful red wood lilies.
Views all around.
The Catskills to the west.
Time for a short nap in the sun after lunch!
I love the open summit of Alander.
Views to the east of Bear and Brace Mountains.
July 16 and already a few leaves are turning!
Near the Mount Washington State Forest Headquarters,
the meadow has patches of Spiria, also called Steeplebush or Hardhack.

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