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Trail Conditions

Trip Log


Mt. Frissell
Round Mountain

Mt. Washington, MA, and Salisbury, CT

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.

Mt. Frissell Trail at the CT highpoint

Arriving at the parking lot, I was only the second vehicle there. After the hike I determined this person must have gone up Bear Mountain, as there was not a soul to be seen on the hike I went on.

The first part of the hike, from the MA/CT marker trailhead to the fork in the trail, was terrible. The recent rains had submerged the trail in up to half a foot of water. After attempting to walk on the side of the trail (and running out of dry ground), I paused for a few minutes, gave up on the trail, and pushed my way through the mountain laurel on the south side of the trail.

The next challenge was the snow storm that had just moved in. The open ledge of Round Mountain and Mt. Frissell made for extremely windy conditions. Visibility dropped rather quickly, however it came back after I summitted, as some blue sky opened up briefly.

Though most of the hike is flat to moderate, there are a few steep sections on both mountains that may require some very minor climbing.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Round Mountain
Length: Easy
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Mt. Frissell
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Mt. Frissell (CT highpoint)
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Tri State Marker
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, October 29, 2006
Hike Commenced: 8:18 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,830'
Destination: Round Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 8:19 AM
Summit Reached: 8:43 AM
Trailhead Elevation: 1,832'
Summit Elevation: 2,296'
Vertical Gain: 464'
Destination: Mt. Frissell
Ascent Commenced: 8:43 AM
Summit Reached: 8:59 AM
Trailhead Elevation: 2,296'
Summit Elevation: 2,453'
Vertical Gain: 323'
Destination: Mt. Frissell (CT highpoint)
Ascent? Commenced: 8:59 AM
Highpoint Reached: 9:05 AM
Trailhead Elevation: 2,453'
Highpoint Elevation: 2,380'
Vertical Gain: 20'
Destination: Tri State Marker
Ascent? Commenced: 9:05 AM
Marker Reached: 9:15 AM
Trailhead Elevation: 2,380'
Marker Elevation: 2,145'
Vertical Gain: 5'
Hike Ended: 10:10 AM
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,318'

Mt. Frissell Trail trailhead on East Street

Mt. Frissell Trail on Round Mountain

Round Mountain summit, looking south at Riga Lake

Looking west at Mt. Frissell from Round Mountain

Looking west at the Catskills from the west face of Mt. Frissell

Tri State marker west of Mt. Frissell

Directions to trailhead: Take East Street south from Mount Washington, MA to the border marker (left side of road, trailhead is on the right) Small parking lot is just after this on the left (AMC sign).

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