Frissell (south slope)
Height: 2380 ft.
Highpoint #: 2
Trails: Hiked trail to Round
Mountain summit, then down the saddle
and up the east face of Mt. Frissell.
Distance: About 3.6 miles roundtrip.
Vertical Gain: 850 ft
Time Taken: 2.5 hrs
Weather: Clear skies, high 50s
Group: JO & BC
Comments: After a really dry
winter, hiking season finally got started as the local state parks started
opening. We decided to hike Mt.
Frissell in Connecticut as our
first hike of the season. This highpoint is rather peculiar. The highpoint
resides on the border of Massachusetts
and Connecticut on the SLOPE of Mt.
Frissell, since the peak of the
mountain resides in Massachusetts,
less than half a mile away. This is the only state highpoint that is on the
slope of a summit in another state. (Nevada’s
highest point is the top of a lower peak on a double-summit mountain) Since the round trip distance was fairly
short, we decided to hike to the highest summit in Connecticut too, not too far
away at Bear Mountain (about 6 miles roundtrip). Once again, we lucked out, as
the day was perfect all day long. To get to the trailhead of Mt.
Frissell, you have to drive down a
long dirt road of variable quality that winds up and down through the hills.
The trip was fairly uneventful, and since there were no leaves yet on the
trees, the scenery was somewhat barren. However, it was a fun hike and the
trail did get a little steep in places. The trail goes over the
bare top of Round Mountain
(and from this spot, you actually get a better view than at the summit, which
is covered with more trees), down to a saddle and then up towards the summit of
Mt. Frissell. From the summit it is a brief walk southeast
to the Connecticut highpoint, which is indeed on the slope of the mountain at a
seemingly random spot. Bear Mountain was an enjoyable
hike of mostly even pitched terrain, except for a couple short steep sections,
and was relatively straightforward. Nonetheless, we were both hurting after
hiking about 9 miles. It was a good kickoff for the hiking season. Mental note:
bring sunscreen from now on.
This slope is on the way up Round
Mountain, and is one of the few
areas of scrambling needed on this hike.
JO on the highpoint of CT.
You can see that the slope continues uphill behind him into Massachusetts.
BC on the highpoint.