Sunday, August 1, 2021

Explore the Taconic Mountains! Taconic is a Native American name derived from Taghkanic or Taughannock, meaning “in the trees.” Luckily for us, we will leave the wooded trails behind as we hike up Alander Mountain. We’ll stop for luch at the grassy, open summit covered with scrub oak and shrubs. Instead of a single viewpoing, we’ll have open vistas all around us. On a clear day, we’ll be able to see the southern Taconic mountains and all the way to the Catskills!

Level: Intermediate (Learn More)

Mileage: 5 miles

Elevation Gain: 1,679 feet


The North Face, UWS

Check-in Time: 6:45 am

Departure Time: 7:00 am

Return Time: Approximately 7:00 pm


Limited spots remaining

This trip has a $20 limited-capacity charge.

While COVID-19 remains a concern, we are limiting our van capacity to a 10-person maximum, including guides, and leaving the middle seat empty in each row. The trips have a $20 fee to accommodate the changes we need to make for the COVID protocol. The fees will only be in effect while we limit capacity on trips. Learn more about what we are doing to keep everyone safe.


  • Hiking boots (required)
  • Weather-appropriate, moisture-wicking, athletic clothing (no cotton)
  • Wool or synthetic socks (no cotton)
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses


  • Lunch
  • Ample Snacks
  • At least three (3) liters of water
  • Backpack
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Extra layers to adjust for changing weather conditions
  • Extra pair of wool socks
  • Trekking poles (optional)
  • A change of clothes for the ride back (optional)