Couple of random points I covered w/ the ranger while on the phone:
- On the map (http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/trails/mwashington.pdf) the campground symbol right below the "Alander Mtn. Trail" wording is the only approved camping in all of Mt. Washington State Forest. It's certainly big enough to house all of us on flat ground.
- The lean-to at Alander Mtn. is an unmonitored cabin that used to be private for telecommunications company (I guess there is a tower up there) and not recommended for big groups.
- From the campground to summit of Alander Mtn. is 1.5 miles, he didn't quote me any other mileage, just referred me to the scale on the map.
- Hiking from the campground to Sages Ravine or Laurel Ridge campsites over in Mt. Everett State Reservation is a possibility, but they are lean-tos on the AT. So some of us may have to stay in the lean-to to conserve flat tent-pitching ground.
- East St. and West St., the two roads in between Mt. Washington and Mt. Everett are open, it's just Falls Rd. to Bash Bish Falls State Park that is closed, so you can only access from NY side.
- There is no limit to overnight campers, we just all need to sign in at HQ and sign out when we leave.
- There is water from spigot on side of Mt. Washington State Forest HQ, or you can grab water from Ashley Hill Brook as you hike to the campground from HQ.
- In Mass, trails are marked Blue, CT has different color. (not sure what it is, but just be aware if you hike south from the campground on Ashley Hill Trail and then head East on Mt. Frissell Trail...when from cross state lines the blazes change.)
- We're up to 5 confirmed, and a 6th possible attendee. If you are planning on coming let me know and I'll add you to the list posted above in the thread!
- The bridge that is out is passable via rocks, most people use the rocks ok.