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Best trails in Mount Washington State Forest

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Looking for a great trail in Mount Washington State Forest, Massachusetts? AllTrails has 10 great hiking trails, forest trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 5 hard trails in Mount Washington State Forest ranging from 5 to 17.2 miles and from 803 to 2,447 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

In the extreme southwest corner of Massachusetts is a cluster of state parks noted for their spectacular scenery and breathtaking views. Situated high on a mountain plateau, much of this forest was once clear-cut between the late-1700s to mid-1800s, to produce charcoal fuel for local iron forges. Today, amidst the re-grown red oak-northern hardwood forest, the 4,169 acre Mount Washington State Forest offers 30 miles of trails over rugged terrain and wilderness camping. Hike the South Taconic Trail to the 2,250 ft. elev. summit of Alander Mountain for amazing views. Or follow the Appalachian Trail as it winds its way along the ridgeline and through Sage's Ravine. Springtime features include blooming mountain laurel and azalea; and in summer, a carpet of ferns. Adjacent to the state forest is Bash Bish Falls, one of the state's most dramatic waterfalls. Cascading water tumbles through a series of gorges, and then plummets some 60 feet into a sparkling pool below.

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Map of trails in Mount Washington State Forest
Park information
Acreage:
4169 acres
Contact
(413) 528-0330
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Top trails (10)
#1 - Mount Frissell and Brace Mountain Loop Trail
Mount Washington State Forest
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Length: 5 mi • Est. 2 h 44 m
A nice afternoon hike hitting all the main attractions on the western side of the Taconic Highlands. Show more
#2 - Alander Mountain Trail
Mount Washington State Forest
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Length: 5.8 mi • Est. 3 h 9 m
Alander Mountain Trail is a 5.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Copake Falls, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily useShow more
#3 - Sages Ravine via Northwest Road
Mount Washington State Forest
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 1 h 59 m
As of June 2020, hikers report that the trail is closed. Please check with the park before visiting.Show more
#4 - Alander Mountain
Mount Washington State Forest
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Length: 5 mi • Est. 3 h 9 m
Please note that trail closures have been reported for this trail as of June 2020. Show more
#5 - Alander Mountain and Brace Mountain Loop
Mount Washington State Forest
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Length: 10.9 mi • Est. 5 h 45 m
Alander Mountain and Brace Mountain Loop is a 10.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Sheffield, Massachusetts that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trailShow more
#6 - Mount Frissell via Mount Frissell Trail
Mount Washington State Forest
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 1 h 28 m
Mount Frissell via Mount Frissell Trail is a 2.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Taconic, Connecticut that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily usedShow more
#7 - Mount Fissell Trail to Alander Mountain Trail
Mount Washington State Forest
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Length: 7.8 mi • Est. 4 h 26 m
If you don't mind part of the hike being on a gravel road, then this can be completed as a loop. Great views on Alander Mountain, and the trek between Mt. Frissell and Alander Mountain on the South TShow more
#8 - Bear Mountain Road
Mount Washington State Forest
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 43 m
Bear Mountain Road is a 1.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Salisbury, Connecticut that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primShow more
#9 - Alander Mountain and Bashbish Falls Loop
Mount Washington State Forest
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Length: 12.5 mi • Est. 7 h 7 m
Please note: this trail may no longer be possible as a loop hike. Trail north of Bash Bish Falls is reportedly permanently closed.Show more
#10 - Northwest Road and Racebrook Trail
Mount Washington State Forest
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Length: 17.2 mi • Est. 9 h 15 m
Northwest Road and Racebrook Trail is a 17.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near South Egremont, Massachusetts that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail isShow more