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Ascent of Mount Frissell-South Slope on 2013-06-09

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Karen Musser
Willie-Weimaraner Musser
Daniel Musser
Sarah Musser
Date:Sunday, June 9, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Frissell-South Slope
    Location:USA-Connecticut/Massachusetts
    Elevation:2372 ft / 722 m

Ascent Trip Report

Suckered the family to take our new puppy on his first state highpoint. A nice experience. This report will relate the overall trip experience although we tagged two other peaks along the way.

Getting there - we left Harford CT and headed west along SR 44 to the town of Salisbury then picked up Factory Road and quickly found Mount Riga Road. careful, these rural roads diverge off of each other suddenly. The route takes you into private lands that are heavily marked no tresspassing but appears to be some legal thing as there are plenty of turn offs with garbage cans for you to use and nifty 30 foot waterfall that was flowing like crazy and plenty of people enjoying it. many hikers on the gravel road as well.

The private road swing around a dam and rec area also marked private but you keep going and hit another gravel road that is in the woods and looks more like a forest road than what the map says is "Mount Washington" Road but sure enough it leads you to a series of pull over gravel parking areas heavily used by hikers to access the AMC trails and AT in the area.

We parked at the lot on the right and walked up to the historic CT-MASS state marker and found the AMC trail blazed red heading west. The trail was a gushing river of water as it had rained all week and we ankle deep water more much of it. This was the first leg of the journey bordering two states on the way to Round Mountain. Winding in and out of CT and MASS there is trail to the left that swings you West to SW back into CT and over to Round Mountain. The steep section of the hike ascends some nice rock that is not quite a scramble for most people (although I saw a lot of people using there hands) but it is steep enough and the steps high enough our 5 month old puppy Weimeraner "Willie" was not able to make many of the moves and we had to assist him by pushing his rump or carrying him up and over rocks. At 45 pounds that got to be intersting. Other more mature dogs had little problem with their footing.

We met up with an AMC guide with his shirt and patch and a friend and their 2 Jack Russels but he was having trouble finding the trail to Frissell as their are a number of highly used routes on the top of Round Mtn. He insisted we were in Massachutes still and corrected him with my far more detailed database of peakbagger maps that only a peakbagger would bring and ensured him we were in CT. They followed us onward thereafter. Some nice views from Round Mtn and exposed rock. Dipping NE down the saddle shown on the USGS the climb up Frissell takes you back into MASS and is a little easier on the puppy to "scramble" up. I would call the trail here a very steep 1+ to a 2 with a few places some would argue could use hands (certainly my wife and puppy made it a class 3) but it is mostly a fun steep rocky hike to the top.

There are no views on the top of Frissell but there is an ammo box register. Therea are views just before the summit on the ledge before. Then we headed south down the well marked trail (all class 1) to the south shoulder and you wind around and back up again and there is a well marked cairn with another ammo box register for the actual state HP. We found a nice ledge where the photo is taken to eat lunch that actually has excellent views although the photo does not give any hint of that.

All same in reverse.
It was 65 F and sunny. We left at 10:35 AM. Summitted at noon. Some minor extra gains where trails go around small features. Trail is rocky and steep in areas so it made for a great challenge for our 5 month old puppy.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:52 ft / 15 m
    Extra Gain:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:0.1 mi / 0.2 km
    Route:Red Blaze Tr
    Trailhead:Ledge under CT SHP  2360 ft / 719 m
    Grade/Class:1
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:65 F and sunny
Ascent Part of Trip: CT Trip

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDate
1Round Mountain2013-06-09 a
2Mount Frissell2013-06-09 b
3Mount Frissell-South Slope2013-06-09 c
4Mount Frissell2013-06-09 d
5Round Mountain2013-06-09 e
6Bear Mountain2013-06-09 f



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