Southern Taconic Range

Range TypeGeographically-defined sub-range
Highest PointMount Everett (2608 ft/795 m)
CountriesUnited States
States/ProvincesConnecticut (53%), New York (42%), Massachusetts (5%)
(numbers are approximate percentage of range area)
Area3,883 sq mi / 10,056 sq km
Area may include lowland areas
Extent114 mi / 184 km North-South
65 mi / 105 km East-West
Center Lat/Long41° 37' N; 73° 22' W
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Perhaps no other eastern mountain range combines low elevation and fantastic scenery as much as the southern Taconic Mountains, a highland area located where Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York meet. The peaks rising above the oval-shaped plateau rise to the 2200 to 2600 foot level, puny by any standards, but large areas of stunted vegetaion on most summits, freqent steep drop-offs and ledges, and spectacular dark ravines and their waterfalls make this compact area a more worthwile mountain destination than many higher ranges.

The Southern Taconics are best thought of as two parallel mountain ranges, running north-south, cradling a high plateau, itself studded with peaks. The drop-off from the crest of these ranges to the lowlands to the east (the Housatanic Valley in Connecticut and Massachusetts) and west (the Harlem Valley in upstate New York) is generally well over 1000 feet, but only half as much to the interior plateau.

The plateau, called Mount Riga in Connecticut and Mount Washington in Massachusetts even though there are no peaks with those names, is a thinly settled highland of dirt roads and thick woods.

The western range follows closely the boundary of New York State and consists of two main summits, Brace Mountain and Alander Mountain.

The eastern range is higher and longer that the western, and is the route of the Appalachian Trail for its whole length through the area.

Map of Southern Taconic Range
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Note: Range borders shown on map are an approximation and are not authoritative.
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Other Ranges: To go to pages for other ranges either click on the map above, or on range names in the hierarchy snapshot below, which show the parent, siblings, and children of the Southern Taconic Range.
Taconic RangeLevel 4 (Parent)
         Northern TaconicLevel 5 (Sibling)
         Berkshire HillsLevel 5 (Sibling)
         Southern Taconic RangeLevel 5

Major Peaks of the Southern Taconic Range

Ten Highest Peaks
RankPeak NameftmRange6
1.Mount Everett2608795 
2.Mount Frissell2451+747+ 
3.Mount Ashley2382+726+ 
4.Mount Race2372+723+ 
5.Brace Mountain2323+708+ 
6.Bear Mountain2323+708+ 
7.Round Mountain2293+699+ 
8.Alander Mountain2240+683+ 
9.Gridley Mountain2215+675+ 
10.Mount Undine2205+672+ 
Sub-peaks are excluded from this list. List may not be complete, since only summits in the PBC Database are included.

Photos of Peaks in the Southern Taconic Range

Mount Frissell
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Mt. Frissell from the summit of Mt. Everett (2012-02-26). Photo by Chris Calabrese.
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Mount Race
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Mt Race from the southern slopes of Mt Everett on the Appalachian Trail (2014-07-19). Photo by Chris Calabrese.
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Mount Frissell-South Slope

David Reed snacks amidst the early-season snow at the highest point in Connecticut (1988-10-23).
Bear Mountain
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Like, seriously, that's about as pretty a view as you can get (2012-09-16). Photo by Robert Larkin.
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Round Mountain
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Taken at Peak of Round Mountain (2014-03-14). Photo by D Irvine.
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Haystack Mountain
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Summit Tower at Haystack Mountain 02-16-2015 (2015-02-16). Photo by Chris Calabrese.
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Pond Ledge Hill

At sunset the summit cliffs of Pond Ledge Hill glow red (1977).

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