Looking for a great trail in Mount Washington State Forest, Massachusetts? AllTrails has 7 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest 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. Ready for some activity? There are 5 moderate trails in Mount Washington State Forest ranging from 2.2 to 10.9 miles and from 1,020 to 2,447 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!




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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.

Wet/ icy hike. Definitely wear crampons if you’re hiking during the winter. It’s a nice long hike with steady inclines. Very enjoyable.

Lots of water on segments of the trail due to recent rainy weather.. Nice gradual 1200 ft incline, steeper sections towards the nice view at the summit. Wear waterproof hikers

Great hike. A lot of scrambling and very steep climbing in first leg. Whole thing took 2:20. Great views. Would not try if snow and ice on ground. First third is very well marked. Last two thirds are basically flat. Overall great hike.

Nice hike. Tends to be wet (hiked in Early November) so I would recommend a decent hiking shoe. My running shoes came back wet and dirty. I tried running the on the easier grades but you have to be extremely careful due to the rocks and wet conditions. I would rate this moderate in difficulty.

The first part of this hike is pretty steep but that's the only physically challenging part of this hike. Once you get to the top of Round Mountain it's flat or downhill the rest of the way so "Moderate" is probably the right rating. However, the trailhead is pretty remote and finding the blazes was challenging at times especially at the top of Round Mountain. All-in-all an enjoyable hike that probably would've been even better if I didn't get fog, wind, and snow on my trip.

This is a great moderate hike. The first mile of the 5 is by far the most difficult where you gain most of the 1,000 feet of elevation for the 5.5 mile hike. It was a very foggy morning so the views weren’t great at first. However, I got the high point in Connecticut like I wanted and once we gained the ridge just to the west of the high point the valley below was bathed in sunlight and so that was a great sight. All-in-all it was a delightful hike.

4 months ago

Quick, moderate hike the way we went (blue blazes to white blazes). Was a warmer day for October and met a rattlesnake at the top so use caution. Great views on a clear day!

As mentioned, trailhead is not really marked but it is on Mt. Washington Rd. at the border with CT, you can't miss it if you stop there. If you're looking for a trailhead board, there is none. There is room to park several cars at the start and a couple more across from it or just down 50 feet is another area you can use. Rain storms within the last week made the start a bit tricky, as the trail is a run off from the mountain and was flowing a bit at times. Just off the side along it in points, it seems that others made an indentation in the brush so figured why not, walk through it. Saved my feet from getting too wet. Trail goes out a bit flat then a bit of a hill climb to Round Mt. summit. It's not that long a strenuous area but enough to give you a little workout and some nice views. Continuing, you can see Frissell just beyond so head down then up some more boulder climbing, once again, not all that long and not crazy strenuous. Got to the summit of Frissel and kept walking then stopped and thought, am I missing something? Headed back up and then went up the spur to the summit marking on the tree and the register that a private individual maintains a couple times a year. Downward to the highest point in CT. Found that register easily and the views were nice. Continued westward and found the Tri State marker. Did my best to be in all 3 states at once, lol. Continued and found the Ashley Hill Trail. Yes, this goes up to Alander but not towards the summit as I had been to Alander a couple months back. If you're looking to summit Alander from this area, go west a bit more, you'll see the South Taconic trail, go right and head north. You'll get closer to Alander Mt. summit this way. It's like a little over 3 miles I believe from this point. I decided to go to Brace Mountain which if you look at the two signs indicating where to go, one is correct at .4 miles, the other says it's like a mile more and not sure who created that sign but somebody should fix it. It's a short jaunt, easy summit and you might catch some hang gliders which I did. Headed back down and took a right following the AllTrails app map. Yes, it's a fairly straightforward downhill march but hindsight being 20/20, I should have gone back the way I came. It's not all that exciting and it's really rocky and slippery if wet like today was. Not that it's hard but it wears on your feet. You then get to the bottom where it's still wet and just an access trail or something and still a bit ways away from the road. Looks like I traveled way more than necessary and didn't really get anything more than miles and exercise (which isn't bad just boring). I probably could have tried going up Bear Mountain if I had just gone straight back. Even though going back you had to go up and down the summits again, they aren't really crazy in height. Live and learn

4 months ago

Quite a steep climb, fabulous views from the top. As of 9/30/18 however, the second half of the loop trail (the descent) was closed due to dangerous conditions, so we had to retrace our steps. (Based on the metal signs, this closure appears to be permanent by the way.)

5 months ago

Nice quick hike...steep enough to get a good work out. Stellar views of the Harlem Valley to the south along with the Catskills to the west.

best views await you at top.love this trail due to friendly hardcore hikers and no litter.
Finding that the the steeper the trail, the more environmentally conscious hikers.
keep it beautiful!

IMO this is the best way to get to Brace Mountain and see a lot of cool stuff along the way. Nice views at Round Hill, with some steep areas going up, then down and back up to Frissell, where there is no real view at the peak, but plenty just after on your way to the CT high point, with Riga Lake below you. A bit further you come to the three states marker, then make your way gradually up to the South Taconic trail and Brace Mountain, with beautiful views of the Harlem Valley and beyond. It's a very popular spot for paragliders, and there were at least ten of them up there when we arrived, either in the air or getting ready to take off. The walk back down Brace Mountain Road is very rocky in places but super easy. We parked one car at the start of the hike and the other at the end of Brace Mountain Road, on West St., which is the best way to do it and keeps you from having to slog another boring mile up the road at the end. Great great hike!

At the beginning of the summer (2018) when I decided to start hiking again, I kept seeing this trail when searching out what hike to do in the area. It was listed as "hard" by AllTrails so I didn't think I should try it right away. After doing the AT up to the top of Greylock last weekend, I figured now was as good a time as any. In reality, this shouldn't be listed as hard. It's a moderate ascent up to the top. The trail is fairly wide most of the way though it does have a lot of rocks you must traverse. Started at the Mt. Washington State Forest entrance and it took me about 1.5 hours to reach the top and that was with stops to enjoy the scenery, take pictures and so forth. Didn't see a soul my entire time out but not sure if that was due to the trail or the weather or both. I got to the top but though the weatherman said the area was supposed to be partly cloudy, it was more than that. The view at the top was disappointing as I have read it has wonderful 360 views. I was also a bit surprised how small the top was really. Don't expect a Mt. Greylock wide open and fairly spacious area. I saw four support bases there and think there must have been a fire tower at one time. The trail is really easy to follow and marked well. It appears it's really just a path that the rain runoff uses than a trail that was blazed and marked for everyone. When you get to just about the top, there is a small cabin. At this point, if you pass the cabin, you can go left or right. Right goes up a little steep incline and that leads to the summit. I'm thinking that if you went the other way, it just continues on to the South Taconic trail.
At the summit, there is another branch off and was not really sure what that was but looking once I got home to do this, it looks like it goes up to Bash Bish Falls a few miles north. For 99% of the way, the trail was marked fine as I mentioned but at the cabin, trail markings are lacking. Got to the top, took pictures and then the rain came. I went back down to the cabin and waited about 15 minutes then descended to the parking lot. I got a little wet but this area is mostly deep woods so the rain wasn't so bad. Don't expect lookout side views on this trail but there are a few nice brooks and waterfalls to enjoy. If it was warmer, there is an area that looks like you could wade in to cool off. A nice hike but could have been better if I waited about 3 hours to start it as once I got back to my car, the clouds started parting and the sun came out, who knew, oh well.

I had beautiful weather for this hike!! It has 3 main ascents, but nothing overwhelming, and all 3 have rewarding views at the top. I chose to park at the Alander Mountain Trail Head and then bike a little under 3 miles down East Street (mostly gravel) to the Mt. Frissell Trail Head and just locked my bike up there. This hike can be a loop if you walk down East Street if biking isn't an option. When you start the ascent of Alander Mountain, you have to be careful not to miss the turn on the trail. The nice wide trail that you will have been on for quite awhile continues straight towards the NY trail head of the South Taconic White blazed trail, but you need to make a right turn to head towards the peak of Alander Mountain. The descent down the otherside of Alander Mountain on the Alander Mountain Trail is a nice end to the hike.

The route on the map leaves from and returns to the Mt. Washington HQ but if you have two cars (as we did), the best way is to park one at the Alander Brook trailhead in New York, then drive your other car up to Mt. Washington and leave from there. A somewhat easier trek up to Alander than leaving from the NY side and you can just keep going downhill after you hit the Alander summit and enjoy the other views on the way down. Amazing views from the top of Alander!

Not a maintained trail. Do not try to find it without someone that knows it.

Very interesting hike for sure. The trail meanders along the border on the way to Frissell. Crossing the summit of Round Mountain in Connecticut. This peak has a cairn and nice views of the next mountain you climb. The trail is quite rocky, similar to the Skyline Trail at Blue Hills if you’ve done it. It gains elevation quickly, but not for a long. Frissell has no views, but a short spur will take you to a summit registry box. Following the red blazes will take you back to Connecticut and over to the high point. This has a view, a cairn and registry box with a log and a cardboard “Connecticut” sign. The trail to the high point could use some maintenance, it has become quite overgrown in some places. Beyond this a steep downhill will take you to the Tri-State Marker. We stopped here instead of continuing to Brace Mountain due to poor trail marking and confusing splits just beyond the marker.

What an awesome hike. My wife and I did Mt. Greylock the day before and while that was nice, this was so much more enjoyable. The elevation gain is rather small meaning this hike is pretty much moderate at best, with a few hard sections. I great beginner's "intermediate" hike, if that makes any sense.

While there are much bigger more impressive mountains in the Northeast, this has become one of my favorites, even out of the big ones like Whiteface, Mansfield, Washington, Franconia's Loop, and others. This has such nice views and such enjoyable hiking that it is impossible not to like it. We could have banged out the trek in under 3 hours but decided to take a while at the final summit to enjoy the Sunday morning views. Also, there is a really cool log book on the high point marker that you can sign in. Reading about highpointers from all across the U.S. was such a special and meaningful reward. So inspiring, even though I'm only on #4.

A few tips:
There are no trail head signs. On the right side of the road relative to how you drove in, you will find a little parking area with a tree with a red blaze on it. That's the trail. No trailhead logbook, no map, nothing. The trail is very well marked for the first several miles so have no worries about that.

The only tricky part (for us) is that after about 30 minutes in, you will go up a few rock face scrambles. After the last one, you will come to a T in the trail that has no signage. Stay right. You'll know you are on the right trail if you hit the summit of Round Mountain a few minutes later. It has a large cairn marking its peak.

Out of the 5.4 miles listed, almost a mile is walked back on the road which is obviously easy, and another 3/4 is an old double track road-> trail type deal, so the hike is relatively very very easy. Enjoy and happy trails!

8 months ago

This was a solid hike; you will get a workout ... the views at the top are amazing.

BUT while the trail here is listed as a loop; at the top where the loop goes back down ... and yes there is a trail there blazed as BLUE ... it is officially CLOSED and not maintained at all. Of course we didn’t see this until we had FINALLY finished the trail from the top down and there is a closed sign at the bottom. That section was BAD ... and while there was a trail there are one point it is extremely
Overgrown ... use at your own risk.

Otherwise this hike is awesome.

Very nice hike, not too challenging. It is a great to do with friends & kids. 5 kids, ages 11 & 9 completed this hike, with a spur up to Brace. Great views of the Taconic range in NY.

Not that hard, but the scenery and views were breathtaking.

I started out early in the morning. It was a long gentle climb. I was alone at the summit, amazing views, the clouds were below me! Total serenity and peace! I could see all the way to the Catskills! I recommend this hike

This was a moderate pretty hike with a great view.

Friday, November 03, 2017

At the very end of this trail are fabulous views of the Hudson valley, Catskills to the west, Mt.Everett to the east, and the Taconic range to the south.

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Sunday, October 08, 2017

Awesome fun and had a blast, but was a bit sketchy because it had just rained. I Biked/walked my bike up 11/12 of the way up then hucked it back down!

This was a nice fall hike. I only hiked Round Mountain, Mount Frissell, the South Slope High Point, and to the tri-State marker. The trail wasn’t bad at all and I met some high pointers on the trail. I really enjoyed this hike.

Monday, October 02, 2017

Excellent Views! Nice gentle, sloping trail! Amazing Ridge!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Challenging in the sense that it feels like you're climbing on a stair master the entire time. No rock scrambling and not very difficult, just a steep walk up. Views were breathtaking at the summit. Acorns and loose rocks going down can make it a bit slippery so a bit of caution there is recommended - but overall a easy hike

Saturday, September 23, 2017

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