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Holsti97South Taconic Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 10, 2007


Parked near the state border on Washington Road. Hiked on the Frissell Trail to the summit and then down to the State Highpoint on a cool, rainy day. My wife did not want to come back down the steep trail so we decided to take the alternate route which was "easier". Hiked to the Tri-State marker and then hiked down the South Taconic Trail to Boston Corners Road in New York. Hitched a ride back to our SUV with a very nice teacher from The Hotchkiss School in Connecticut. South Taconic Trail is very steep with some great views. My wife did not appreciate the "alternate" route. HP #28.
Posted Oct 12, 2007 12:43 pm

mrp281HP  Sucess!


A nice climb
Posted Sep 5, 2007 5:43 pm

akashiruShould be named Frizzel  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2007


Had a great time! Running out of gas (nearest gas station is in NY) not too fun but definitely worth it for the views and hike.
Posted Aug 4, 2007 11:12 pm

DubsLast Minute  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2007


It was nearly nightfall and we almost ran out of gas but decided to hike it as fast as we could before it got too dark. Fun and short hike that had some very nice views.
Posted Aug 3, 2007 11:57 am

rkrevaldGorgeous Late Spring Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 18, 2007


My dog Spanky and I enjoyed a really nice morning hike to the Connecticut Highpoint. Very appealing views! To read all about our trip please visit http://50summits.blogspot.com
Posted Jun 21, 2007 9:20 am

The edgeHP #5  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 31, 2002

The edge

Pretty difficult finding the TH!!
Posted Mar 14, 2007 2:46 pm

lizrdboySoggy Summit  Sucess!


Ok, it's not really a summit. Very lame highpoint, but we ticked it off. It was rainy and cold but we had fun.
Posted Mar 7, 2007 3:30 am

jvarholaksummit?  Sucess!


not really a summit at all but considering I grew up in CT was up it more times than I can count
Posted Feb 14, 2007 9:38 pm

mlarkin2002Dayhike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 8, 2006
Jogged up the trail, stopped at what ended up being the CT HP, but didn't realize it at the time. I was looking for the "green stake" and didn't realize that the stake was so miniscule. Proceeded on the trail to the tri-state marker, then up to Mt. Brace in Duchess Co, NY, where a rattlesnake den deterred further progress. On the way back, climbed to the Frissell summit proper (obscured in trees) where a soggy register was hung from a tree. Back to the car and back to Boston for the rest of the vacation.
Posted Oct 19, 2006 11:09 pm

surgentNice hike amid mountain laurel  Sucess!


Rather nice hike along the road and trail to the state HP rockpile and marker.
Posted Oct 19, 2006 7:50 pm

mattdalmanStandard Route over Round  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 10, 2006


We were the only people on the trail on this beautiful Tuesday morning. The colors were great.
Posted Oct 16, 2006 10:10 am

Scott WisherBeautiful Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2006

Scott Wisher

After not finding this highpoint on our previous attempt, my girlfriend and I summitted on a beautiful late-summer day.
Posted Oct 1, 2006 4:23 pm

starship_jenStandard Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2006


Climbed standard route. Cloudy, but decent views. HP#19!
Posted Sep 5, 2006 2:58 am

rasgoathighpoint on the side!  Sucess!


we went to the top too after passing the ct. highpoint
Posted Aug 6, 2006 11:36 pm

IlafanHOT! HOT! HOT!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2006


This was the last of the six New England summits we traversed, and although it was a more challenging climb than any of us thought it would be, it was the least impressive. Still, the views from the "green stake" and along the trail were very nice. The 90+ weather didn't help.
Posted Jul 20, 2006 7:06 pm

royswkrBushwhack over to Ashley and down  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 3, 1986
Posted Jul 10, 2006 10:40 pm

RyanSstandard route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 25, 2006


It was pretty hot on the trail, but thankfully there weren't yet any bugs to speak of.
Posted May 29, 2006 8:27 am

redmondRoute Climbed: Standard Route over Round Mountain.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 6, 2005
We decided to continue on down to the tri-state marker on the other side, a very nice winter hike.
Posted Mar 18, 2006 4:42 am

kozRoute Climbed: Via Tri-state marker (not over Round Mountain) Date Climbed: July 15, 2001  Sucess!


Did highpoint #7 as part of a father-daughter weekend. Highpoint #2 for her (just under 2 years old at the time). Couldn't pick the wild blueberries fast enough for her! Went on to actual summit in MA; register was missing.
Posted Jan 2, 2006 11:29 pm

grfivRoute Climbed: From the AMC parking lot on the Mt Washington Road Date Climbed: September 23, 2005  Sucess!


Bear Mountain (the tallest mountain in CT) and Mt. Frissell South Slope (its highest point, the place where the MA/CT line crosses Mt. Frissell whose peak is in MA) flank a dirt road that runs from South Egremont, MA to Salisbury, CT. The north end of this road is called the Mt. Washington Road and when it emerges in Salisbury, it is called the Mt. Riga Road; in the middle, at a tiny intersection by a diminutive church, it is called East Street. So many names for an obscure, 10-mile-long dirt road through the woods.

If you drive south from, say, the Stockbridge area, as given in the directions below, Bear will be on the East side of the road (to your left) and Frissell will be on the West (to your right). You will be able to see neither of them because of the trees. The trails for each start at the road, within 100 feet of each other, near an Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) parking lot on the East (left) side of the road.

On September 23, 2005, the second day of Autumn that year, I drove down from Bascom Lodge at the summit of Mt. Greylock, the highest peak in MA. I was going to bag Mt. Frissell, Connecticut's highest point. After parking, I set off at a rapid pace and quickly reached the summit, only to be told (luckily) by another hiker that the mountain I had just climbed was not Mt. Frissell at all, but Bear Mountain.

So on that lovely fall day, I climbed two mountains (three, if you count Round, on the way to Frissell).

Bear Mountain is reached by going around the metal gate at the back of the AMC parking lot. You pass a large AMC sign up on a tree, warning you to behave yourself, and then by a small cabin to your right. After 1/2 mile or so, you come to an intersection. The trail ahead is flat, as is the trail to the left. To the right, the trail ascends through the trees up some natural stone steps, marked with the white AMC blaze; this is the way.

The trail is easy to follow but if you are in doubt, pause and look around for the white AMC blaze which may be on a tree to your left or it may be on the rock itself ahead of you or under your feet.

At the summit is a huge cairn built in 1885 by Owen Travis. It stands some 10 feet high or more, and as I climbed it I marveled at the huge effort that must have gone into its construction. The current structure is a reconstruction done in 1983 after years of deterioration; its current height is less than the original ... when you se it, you will agree that Owen was a prodigious mason.

The Mt. Frissell trail is found by turning right up the dirt road out of the AMC parking lot, back the way you came by my directions, past the stone pillar marking the MA/CT border on your right. On the left, 100 feet up the dirt road (or less) is the trail, marked with red blazes. This trail in parts is harder to follow than the Bear Mountain trail but the advice about pausing to look for blazes applies here, too, particularly blazes on the rocks which sometimes show not only the way, but a turn as well.

After the first scramble, you stand on a ridge, the top of Round Mountain. Bear Mountain is clearly visible behind you, and Mt. Frissell rises ahead of you across a small col or valley. You descend and then ascend, coming nearly to the summit. Straight ahead of you, unmarked, is the short trail to the summit proper with its log book strapped to a tree (in MA). To the left, as indicated by the red blaze on the rock, the trail leads you down and to the right, coming eventually to a small cairn and the green, circular metal marker showing the highest point in Connecticut.

I stayed the night at the White Hart Inn in Salisbury, CT. I can recommend both the Inn and the town as places to spend some time.

Directions to Bear Mountain and Mt. Frissell, CT, from the north

Take Rt 7 South past Great Barrington, MA

Take Rt 23 West to South Egremont, MA

Take Rt 41 South very briefly and then turn right onto the Mt. Washington Road

Go straight through the intersection of East Street and Cross Road (do not turn right to go to Bish Bash Falls State Park)

Past the Mt. Washington State Forest headquarters building on the right, the road goes from paved to dirt

Immediately after the MA/CT border marker on the left (a gray, 4-foot stone pillar nearly overgrown by the side of the road) is a small parking lot with an AMC sign. Park here.

George Fisher
Posted Sep 24, 2005 9:40 pm

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