Mount Frissell

Salisbury, Connecticut 6079

Mount Frissell

Mount Frissell Professional Review and Guide

"Three scenic summits in three separate states showcase this sojourn that starts in southwesternMassachusetts. As an added bonus, the journey passes over the highest point in Connecticut, one of the few states whose high point is not the top of a hill or mountain. Tunneling through mazes of mountain laurel, this 2.6-mile trek that ends at New York State’s Brace Mountain includes a handful of short, steep sections; however, the hike is more noteworthy for its expansive views enjoyed throughout."

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"From the parking area on East Street (called Mount Washington Road in Connecticut), near the Connecticut–Massachusetts state line, red-blazed Mount Frissell Trail heads northwest on an old woods road, then turns left (south) into dense shrubby woods.

The path crosses into Connecticut, setting a course toward the steep slopes of Round Mountain, one of the highest peaks in the state, just a dozen or so feet lower than famed Bear Mountain a short distance to the east. The trail’s easy grade changes quickly at the foot of Round Mountain. The path climbs steeply and becomes strenuous as it traces a course more northwestward toward the summit."

Mount Frissell Reviews

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10/18/2010
Our hike up to Mt. Frissell yesterday was an exhilarating experience. It was probably one of the most arduous treks I've done yet here in CT. But worth it all once we got to the top of Round Mt. and saw the vistas all the way to the Catskills. This is surely one of the most untouched areas of the Berkshire range. This trip is not for the faint of heart or weak knees.
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10/10/2009
Great trail. The views from Mt Frissell are somewhat obscured, but excellent from the overlook above the Harlem Valley. We were at Brace Mtn on a cold day, and the wind was wicked, but just a beautiful spot. We walked back down a trail from just north of Brace Mtn to the Mt Washington Rd to avoid an out-and-back.
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4/9/2009
The road to the trailhead was still blocked off from the CT side so we had to hike 3mi up hill just to get to the trail head . the hike is easy but the addtional 6mi back and forth really beat us up and made any easy climb much more tiresome.
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4/4/2009
State highpointers beware! The directions provided on the published trail maps that bring you in from the south do not note the fact that Mt. Washington road is CLOSED during the winter. You will have to either hike in several miles along Mt.Washington road from the closure point to the trailhead or else reach the trailhead from the northern (Mass) arrival route. A sign coming in from the Mass side says the road is closed until Spring but, as of 4/4/09, was not yet open (you do not need to travel on the closed section coming from the north as the Mt Frissel trailhead is just prior to the closed section of the road on the right-hand side. Also note, that the road is very muddy and in poor condition in spots and an AWD or at least a front-wheel drive car with reasonable clearance is highly recommended.
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8/8/2008
August 3, 2008. Made this into a loop by hiking back from Brace Mountain via the old jeep trail (crossed about 100 yds before you reached the summit of Brace). All of the trails were in great condition. The blueberries and huckleberries were abundant and irresistable (eating them probably added an hour to our hike). The view from the top of Brace Mountain was the best...sweeping views of NY valleys and lakes. I'd do this again if I were in the area. Warning...I tried to get here from southern CT last December on a warm day only to find that the route in from Salisbury is closed in winter. Be aware, and approach from another direction.
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5/5/2008
If you are coming from the salisbury, dont get discuraged when Mt Riga Road turns to dirt, it will eventualy get there.
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11/26/2007
What a day ,cold (21, deg.) about 1" of snow on the ground and very clear! the trail was in very good shape. great views and no one around for miles! Awsome day. 15 state high peaks Down, many more to go.
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4/30/2007
This was a nice hike. Be carefull when coming in from Washnee->-Mt.Riga->-Mt.Washington drive it is pretty bad. I have a AWD Passat and found myself staying around 10mph the entire road. Lots of large holes and bumps in road. Before the recommended parking area they have a big stone wall right in the road. I think it is to block hunters/campers from trespassing. You will have to park a bit further away from recommended parking unless coming in from seperate side (mass?). I parked where the sign that says "Bear mtn/Trail" is. It is about 1/10th of a mile back from the stone slab in the road. Park there and walk past the stone slab you will see the stone marking CT/MASS on the sides. across the road from that is the red blazed trail to lead you up Frissell.. I enjoyed the views abd hike even with the rain. Have fun!
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11/7/2006
This was a great hike. My 9 year old boy thought it was great to hit three peaks in one day. Frissell was interesting and allowed us to check our highest Connecticut point (not summit) box, but Brace was the treat of the trek. The views to the west are fantastic, even in flat overcast conditions. The trek to Brace and back is 5.2 miles from Mount Washington Road.
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8/13/2006
Trail is actually a good moderate workout - I am referring to the steep parts - the rest is very easy. The trailhead marker/parking area of the map is not very accurate. Trail is kind of overgrown in spots and there are lots of vines with thorns will scratch your arms and legs. The view from the Taconic Trail and top of the mountains are wonderful.
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Trail Information

Salisbury
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
5.2
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
4 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
USGS: Bash Bish Falls, MA
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