Mount Frissell

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Mount Frissell
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Mount Frissell as seen from Bear Mountain
Elevation 2,454 ft (748 m) NAVD 88[1]
Prominence 781 ft (238 m)[2]
Listing U.S. state high points
Mount Frissell is located in Massachusetts
Mount Frissell
Mount Frissell
Mount Washington, Massachusetts and Salisbury, Connecticut
Range Taconic Mountains
Coordinates 42°03′04″N 73°28′55″W / 42.051093558°N 73.481977744°W / 42.051093558; -73.481977744Coordinates: 42°03′04″N 73°28′55″W / 42.051093558°N 73.481977744°W / 42.051093558; -73.481977744[1]
Type Thrust fault; metamorphic rock and sedimentary rock
Age of rock Ordovician
Easiest route Mount Frissel Trail

Mount Frissell, 2,454 feet (748 m), located on the border of southwest Massachusetts and northwest Connecticut, is a prominent peak of the Taconic Range. While Bear Mountain, 2,316 feet (706 m), is the highest summit in Connecticut, the highest point in that state (at 2,380 feet (725 m)) is on the south slope of Mount Frissell, along the Mount Frissell trail, a little to the west of the summit 2,654 feet (748). Most hikers reach it by a rather short route starting high up in the col between Mt. Frissell and Bear Mountain, at an elevation of around 1,800 feet (549 m).

The peak and northern part of the mountain are located within Massachusetts, while the southern slope of Mount Frissell is located within Connecticut and rises to the highest elevation within that state, 2,379 feet (725 m). Bear Mountain, located 1.3 miles (2.1 km) to the east, is the highest mountain summit in Connecticut.

The mountain is located within the towns of Mount Washington, Massachusetts and Salisbury, Connecticut; much of it has been conserved as part of Massachusetts' Mount Washington State Forest and Connecticut's Mount Riga Forest Preserve. The south side of Mount Frissell drains into Riga Lake and South Pond, then into Wachocostinook Brook, Salmon Creek, the Housatonic River, and Long Island Sound. The northwest side drains into Ashley Hill Brook, thence Bash Bish Brook, the Roeliff Jansen Kill, the Hudson River, and Upper New York Bay. The northeast side drains into Sages Ravine, thence into Schenob Brook, the Hubbard Brook, the Housatonic River, and Long Island Sound. Mount Frissell is bordered by Round Mountain to the southeast, Mount Ashley to the north, and Brace Mountain to the west.

Mount Frissell is traversed by the Mount Frissell Trail which connects with the South Taconic Trail to the west and the Appalachian Trail to the east.

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  1. ^ a b "Ryant Bush". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey. Retrieved 2008-11-28. 
  2. ^ "Mount Frissell, Massachusetts". Retrieved 2008-11-28. 

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