Mount Frissell-South Slope


Mount Frissell-South Slope

The southwest shoulder of Mt. Frissell stands as Connecticut's highest point. It's unique among state highpoints because while it's the highest point in Connecticut, it's not the mountain's summit. The most accessible route starts from the AMC Parking area near the Massachusetts-Connecticut state line on Mt. Washington Road. This hike offers rewarding views, especially from Round Mountain and the steeper sections of Mt. Frissell, including the state highpoint.

Access Point

Navigate to 3G2M+25 Mt Washington, Massachusetts.

From the North: Starting in South Egremont, Massachusetts, follow SR 23 west to SR 41, turning left (south). Shortly after, take a right onto Mount Washington Road. Continue past Bash Bish Falls State Park. The road eventually turns to gravel/dirt. After passing a Massachusetts/Connecticut state line marker, you'll find a small parking area on the left with an AMC sign.

From the South: In Salisbury, Connecticut, head west on US 44, then turn right onto Factory Street. Bear right onto Mt. Riga Road, which becomes a gravel road. Continue for a few miles to Mt. Washington Road, turn right, and drive 3.3 miles to the AMC parking lot on the right.

Recommended Route

Follow the Mount Frissell Trail.

Start at the AMC parking lot and head north along the road, passing the state line marker. Turn left onto an old gravel road where a well-marked trail with red blazes veers left from this road. The trail climbs steeply up Round Mountain, offering panoramic views. You'll then descend slightly before ascending Mt. Frissell. At the summit, the trail splits: the right spur leads to Mt. Frissell's true summit, marked by a canister on a tree, while the left spur descends southwest to the highpoint. Look for a cairn with a state line marker indicating Connecticut's highest point.


Parts of Mt. Washington Road may close in winter due to snow.

Lodging & Camping

Bash Bish Falls State Park, nearby, offers camping facilities. The park is known for its picturesque waterfall, where the water splits over a rock and reunites in a striking diamond.


Is the hike to Mt. Frissell good for beginners?

Yes, the hike to Mt. Frissell is suitable for beginners. Though some sections are steep, the trail is well-marked and not overly strenuous.

How long does it take to hike to the highest point in Connecticut on Mt. Frissell?

The hike to Connecticut's highest point on Mt. Frissell typically takes around 2-3 hours round trip, depending on your pace.

Are there any fees or permits required for hiking Mt. Frissell?

There are no fees or permits required to hike Mt. Frissell. However, hikers should be aware of parking regulations at the AMC parking lot and adhere to all posted rules.

Can I bring my dog on the hike?

Yes, dogs are allowed on the hike if leashed. Ensure your dog is comfortable with steep and potentially rocky terrain.

What is the best time of year to hike Mt. Frissell?

The best time to hike Mt. Frissell is late spring to early fall, as the weather is more favorable, and the trail is snow-free. However, hikers should be aware that weather conditions can change rapidly.

Are there restroom facilities available?

There are no restroom facilities. Hikers should plan accordingly and practice Leave No Trace principles.

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