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Mount Frissell

Background Information:


Altitude: 2,380'

Tidbits:  Highest point in Connecticut.

Summitted, June 28, 2004


Time Zone: GMT -5  hours


When to go:


Route Selection:

There are two trails that lead to the summit.  Both are accessed from the town of Salisbury in Connecticut.  I selected the Mount Frissell trail which is about 2.5 miles (roundtrip) and has 1,000 feet of elevation gain.


Hotel and Climb Reservation:

No guide, permit, or trail reservations are required. 


Packing List:

Standard light hiking gear and water for a day hike. 


Getting There:

The trails are accessed from Mount Riga Road...a long and narrow gravel road that starts just off the main street in town.   Follow this road several miles to the fork and take the right fork to Mount Washington Road.  Follow this road about 3.25 miles to the a small parking area on the right (just short of  concrete marker, also on the right, that delineates the Connecticut and Massachusetts border).  After parking, hike about 500 feet further up Mount Washington Road until you come to a small trail on the left marked with red blazes.  Follow this trail for about 1 1/4 miles until you reach the summit of Mount Frissell.  You will actually be standing in Massachusetts.  You will need to hike about 1/8 mile further down the trail (yes, heading down) to get to the Connecticut State line and thus, be at the highest point in Connecticut.  The summit is marked by a small iron rod imbedded in the rock.  If you continue to hike about 1/2 mile further down the trail, you will reach to NY/CT/MASS tri-state marker and can stand in three states at the same time.


Trip Description:

A surprisingly beautiful area of New England.  The trail is narrow and steep.  Note:  After climbing up a long steep hillside and you reach a flat summit area, you are actually on the summit of Round Mountain...about 1/2 way to your destination.  You need follow the trail DOWN, then UP to reach the summit of Mt. Frissell. 

Summit View

At the Summit

Note the green metal marker next to my right side...remember, the Connecticut State Line is just past the marker, so the high point in Connecticut is not the top of the mountain.

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