Mount Frissell Hike

Debbie and I had never been to Connecticut’s highpoint until yesterday. Many people mistakenly think that Connecticut’s tallest summit, Bear Mountain in Salisbury, is the highpoint. This is not the case.

There is a point on the south slope of Mount Frissell at 2,380 feet that is higher than the 2,323 summit of Bear. It’s a bit of a buzzkill that our stat’s high point is on the slope of a mountain that peaks out in another state.

The summit of Frissell is in neighboring Massachusetts. Actually, on the Mount Frissell Loop, you walk through three states: Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York. At one point, there is a marker that indicates the intersection of all three.

Interestingly, Connecticut is not listed on the marker. I heard from my friend Todd Brown, a dedicated highpointer, that Connecticut disputed the border and that is why it isn’t listed on the stone marker which is dated 1890.

Though we have hiked Bear Mountain on several occasions (Debbie last did it in July), we hadn’t been to this highpoint on Frissell. We also did the short out and back to the summit of Mount Brace. From the top, there was an excellent view of the Taconic Range and the valley below. It was the perfect Black Friday activity to do with the kids. We headed for the northwest corner of Connecticut after lunch and the five mile walk took a little more than two hours.

It was overcast and cool with occasional drizzle, but otherwise mild for late November. We had a fun time exploring these trails and then had a really good meal at Picante’s in Salisbury.

When we got there, we had the entire rear of the restaurant to ourselves. Eventually another couple arrived, but there was ample space for all of us. The trip required some time in the car, but it was worth it.

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