Albany: Mount Frissell

Stand in three states, then summit a wooded peak while passing the highest hill in Connecticut on this 4-mile dayhike in the Taconic Mountains.
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Stand in three states, then summit a wooded peak while passing the highest hill in Connecticut on this 4-mile dayhike in the Taconic Mountains.

Mapped by Ed Wheeler

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 3.2

Waypoints

FRI001

Location: 42.0339088439941, -73.4717864990234

Head NW on worn 4WD road

FRI002

Location: 42.0371627807617, -73.4754104614258

Continue NW for gentle descent to creekbed. In .2 mi., cross Monument Brook

FRI003

Location: 42.039867401123, -73.4781265258789

Begin gentle ascent winding through lush ferns, hardwoods, and pines

FRI004

Location: 42.0426559448242, -73.4817810058594

Head NW around Mt. Frissell's SW slopes. CT's highest point is not Frissell's summit, but a spot on its shoulder 1 mi. ahead

FRI005

Location: 42.0459403991699, -73.4870071411133

Stay straight on jeep trail @ 4-way. In 200 ft., cross into New York for brief .2-mi. stretch

FRI006

Location: 42.0494194030762, -73.489387512207

Turn R @ 4-way, heading E onto red-blazed trail that traces the NY/MA state line

FRI007

Location: 42.0495300292969, -73.4873199462891

The 3-ft. stone pillar in the middle of the trail marks the point where CT, MA and NY meet. Continue E along CT/MA state line on trail lined with blueberry bushes: watch for rattlesnakes

FRI008

Location: 42.0496292114258, -73.4827880859375

CT's high point is marked with a 4-in. green metal stake. Trail swings NE into MA. Look SE to Bear Mtn., CT's highest peak entirely within the state

FRI009

Location: 42.0511093139648, -73.4820098876953

Mt. Frissell (2,453 ft.): This remote crag's wooded crown is more than 1,000 ft. below MA's highest point, and the views are scarce. Sign logbook and go home