Bash Bish Falls

Mount Washington, Massachusetts

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A tale of two trails: Choose either an easy stroll to Massachusetts’ most spectacular waterfall, and a short, steep climb for a fine view of Bash Bish Gorge, New York’s Harlem Valley, and the distant Catskill Mountains; or a strenuous loop hike made challenging by a stream ford and a steep ascent of Bash Bish Mountain. Both pay ample dividends. Walk down the gravel roadway bordered by more hemlocks and sugar maples. Tall autumn blooming witch hazel shrubs line both sides of the road as you follow Bash Bish Brook closely upstream. The frothy green water flows with a thunderous roar after rains or snowmelt. Shiny, platy schist protrudes from the roadway and lines the stream as you amble gently down to brook level for a closer look.
AMC's Best Day Hikes in the Berkshires

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AMC's Best Day Hikes in the Berkshires

by Rene Laubach (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

A tale of two trails: Choose either an easy stroll to Massachusetts’ most spectacular waterfall, and a short, steep climb for a fine view of Bash Bish Gorge, New York’s Harlem Valley, and the distant Catskill Mountains; or a strenuous loop hike made challenging by a stream ford and a steep ascent of Bash Bish Mountain. Both pay ample dividends.

Walk down the gravel roadway bordered by more hemlocks and sugar maples. Tall autumn blooming witch hazel shrubs line both sides of the road as you follow Bash Bish Brook closely upstream. The frothy green water flows with a thunderous roar after rains or snowmelt. Shiny, platy schist protrudes from
the roadway and lines the stream as you amble gently down to brook level for a closer look.

© 2015 Rene Laubach/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Mount Washington
Distance: 2
Elevation Gain: 470 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1-5-2.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Bash Bish Falls State Park, Falls Road, c/o RD 3 East Street, Mount Washington, MA 01258 (413-528-0330; mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/region-west/bash-bish-falls-state-park.html)
Local Maps: AMC Massachusetts Trail Map #2: C1, USGS Copake Falls, Bash Bish Falls
Driving Directions: Directions to Bash Bish Falls

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