South Taconic Tri-State Hike

Taconic State Park

Along the South Taconic Trail - Photo by Daniel Chazin Along the South Taconic Trail - Photo by Daniel Chazin

This hike has a few strenuous climbs, but it also offers fantastic views and long stretches of peaceful, breezy trails and woods roads with minimal ups and downs and nonstop bird songs.

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For all but a very short section, these trails are well defined and easy to follow.

The hike begins at the trailhead for the red-blazed Mt. Frissell Trail, at the small parking lot on the west side of East Street on the Massachusetts side of the Massachusetts/Connecticut state line. In about half a mile, the trail ascends very steeply, with rock scrambles, until it reaches a viewpoint...

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Trip Reports

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July 31, 2015
Camping in the South Taconics
<p>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). &nbsp;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. &nbsp;Backcountry camping along the route of the hike is not permitted.</p>
Daniel Chazin
July 30, 2015
<p>is camping alowed?</p>
October 24, 2012
Great Hike!
<p>My girlfriend and I just did this hike last weekend and it was fantastic! &nbsp;It was mostly sunny and the views from Round, Frissell, and especially Alander are spectacular. &nbsp;Directions are spot on: &nbsp;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. &nbsp;And the writer's estimate of the time to complete the loop was equally spot on: &nbsp;we stopped on several occasions to snack and take in the views and completed the tour just under 6 hours. &nbsp; There's also a guest book at the summit of Frissell and another one at the CT high point.</p> <div><span style="background-color: #edefd9; color: #111111; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 14.583333015441895px;"><br></span></div>
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