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Ascent of Mount Frissell-South Slope on 2017-05-03

Climber: Alex Lennon

Date:Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Frissell-South Slope
    Location:USA-Connecticut/Massachusetts
    Elevation:2372 ft / 722 m

Ascent Trip Report

After hiking Monument Mountain and Mount Everett on a fun outing exploring the southwestern corner of Massachusetts, I was fully expecting to be let down by the mediocrity that must be the Connecticut state high point. Yet, I was actually in for a pleasant surprise in the form of a fun, beautiful, unique, and suitably lengthy hike (~6 miles RT). From the Mount Washington Highway, I parked at the Connecticut border and headed up the red-blazed Mt. Frissell Trail, lined with sightly rhododendrons. After a brief steep section, the trail emerges near the top of Round Mountain with excellent views. Mount Frissell itself doesn't have much of a view, but the high point has fine views to the south, toward nearby NY county high point Brace Mountain, and beyond. The hike over to Brace Mountain was in many ways the highlight of the whole day- its summit was a meadow with an almost alpine character as it was littered with rock outcroppings. State highpointers should not skip this extra jaunt- if you can handle Gannett Peak this shouldn't be much harder. Plus, you get to pass through three states on foot! The trail even passes over the tri-state boundary of MA-CT-NY, adding to the novelty factor of this fun hike, which is one I definitely recommend.
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