Mount Frissell

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It’s not Denali but it’s our highest point! In typical Connecticut fashion the summit of our state’s highest elevation is actually a few hundred feet north of the Connecticut/Massachusetts border. The state’s highest elevation is on the south slope of Mount Frissell at 2,380 feet.

Most meteorologists are geography buffs. I’m no exception. As a kid I loved maps. I had all sorts of maps – local maps, atlases, world maps. I’ve always wanted to visit the state’s highest point but for some reason it took me 30 years! A couple weeks ago Doppler and I took the truck to Salisbury with Jeff and his pup Casey to tackle the (not ominous sounding) Mount Frissell.

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The Mount Frissell trail starts off Mount Washington Road in the far northern part of Salisbury. The trail connects the Appalachian Trail on Bear Mountain with the South Taconic trail just over the border in New York. In the 3 hours we were on the trail we didn’t see another person which was pretty cool!

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After reaching Round Mountain the trail continues up to the summit of Mount Frissell in Massachusetts at 2,454 feet. It’s rocky with plenty of scrambles but a fairly easy hike. The best part of the hike is the relatively flat and rocky south slope which offers some incredible views to the south and west into Dutchess County New York and Salisbury, Lakeville, and Sharon.

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Connecticut’s highest point is marked by a 3 inch metal pole. I think we can do a bit better than that but it’s better than nothing! Frank Costanza would love our marker – it’s like a mini-Festivus pole for geography buffs.

Both the summit of Mount Frissell and Connecticut’s highest point have notebooks in green metal cases that hikers can sign or write a note in. I tried to get Doppler to write something but he didn’t have a whole lot to say besides a lot of panting and slobbering.

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After the state’s highest point the trail continues west toward the Connecticut/New York/Massachusetts triple point. Oddly, Connecticut got screwed with the monument – our initials aren’t even carved in the stone!

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The trail continues west through New York and toward the South Taconic trail. We hung a left toward Brace Mountain while Doppler and Casey lead the way toward Dutchess County’s highest point.

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Both Casey and Doppler were awesome on the hike. Total troopers. Next time they’re going to carry their own water, however.

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The only downside to this awesome hike was the cuts Doppler got on all four of his pads. I take him on hikes every once in a while but this hike was virtually all rocks and his pads couldn’t handle it. The poor guy was in a lot of pain for the 24 hours after the hike but they quickly healed. Next time he’s either getting booties (which he’ll hate) or I’ll have to try to toughen his pads up with more walks on the sidewalk/shorter hikes on rocky surfaces.

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If you have a chance to reach Mount Frissell you should do it! Totally recommended!!

 

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