Mount Frissell-South Slope, Connecticut/Massachusetts

Prominence: 0 ft, 0 m

Elevation: 2372+ feet, 723+ meters

Approx. Isolation: 0 mi, 0 km
Elevation Info:Elevation range: 723 - 726 m
    (3-meter closed contour)
NAVD88 Elevation: 2371 ft / 723 m
    (Range 723 - 726 m)
Peak TypeSlope Point, subsidiary to Mount Frissell
Latitude/Longitude (WGS84)42° 2' 59'' N; 73° 28' 59'' W
42.049633, -73.483042 (Dec Deg)
625535E 4656400N Zone 18 (UTM)
CountryUnited States
State/ProvinceConnecticut (Highest Point)
County/Second Level RegionLitchfield (Highest Point)

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     Frissell-S. Slope at Trip Report for Litchfield, CT by Dan Case Trip Report for Litchfield, CT by Ben Knorr Trip Report for Litchfield, CT by Andy Hatzos Trip Report for Litchfield, CT by John Hasch

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     Connecticut Pseudo-County High Points (Rank #1)
     United States State High Points (plus DC) (Rank #36)
     Northeastern USA CoHPs (Rank #101)
     U.S. State High Points (Rank #36)
     CoHP High Five List (Rank #166)
     High Points of Counties Crossed by the Appalachian Trail (Rank #63)
     Contiguous 48 U.S. State High Points (Rank #34)
     United States State/Territory High Points (Rank #39)
     New England CoHPs (Rank #28)
     Peaks with Most Page Views on Site (Rank #30)
     Combined USA-Canada-Mexico State/Province High Points (Rank #75)
     "Helman Counties"-Greatest Elevation Differential (Rank #35)

Selected Guidebook(s) for this Peak:
       Fifty State Summits, Guide with Maps to State Highpoints (Zumwalt)
       Highpoints of the United States: A Guide to the Fifty State Summits (Holmes)

Selected Trip Reports from this site:
     1984-09-22 by Greg Slayden (GPS Track)
     1991-07-12 by Dennis Stewart
     2006-06 by Victor Zhou
     2007-06-02 by Benjamin Schak
     2007-10-10 by Doug Urban
     2010-06-04 by Robert Murray (GPS Track)
     2010-10-16 by Dennis Poulin
     2011-04-16 by Peter Zarabozo
     2011-10-11 by Jenn Grayson
     2011-11-25 by Tye Scott
     2012-05-18 by Matt Sedlak
     2012-08-07 by David Darby (GPS Track)
     2013-06-09 by William Musser
     2013-11-23 by Andrew Mack
     2014-05-31 by Andrew Hollis
     2014-07-13 by Chris Calabrese
     2014-10-04 by Jimmy Bielli
     2014-10-23 by Tim Hankins (Unsuccessful)
     2014-10-26 by Phil Barone
     2015-05-07 by Richard Oestreicher
     2015-06-06 by Michael Vecchiarelli
     2015-07-18 by Walter Blume

View ascents of peak by registered members (404 total)

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Connecticut is the only U.S. state whose highest point is not a summit, but a "liner" where the state border reaches a maximum elevation on an otherwise undistinguished slope. The high point of Connecticut is 740 feet south and 80 vertical feet below the summit of Mount Frissell, which lies in Massachusetts. This place is commonly referred to as the "South Slope of Mount Frissell", but could also be called the south ridge, even if not a very pronounced one.

The highest summit (local maximum) in Connecticut is nearby Bear Mountain, about a mile away to the southeast and 56 feet lower than the South Slope of Mount Frissell. This state high point is also only a quarter-mile east of the monument marking the Connecticut/Massachusetts/New York triple meeting point.

Reaching the South Slope of Mount Frissell is an easy hike from Mount Riga road to the east, or a bit longer and steeper trip from New York state on the east over Brace Mountain.


David Reed snacks amidst the early-season snow at the highest point in Connecticut (1988-10-23).
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ProminenceKey Col Page  (Detailed prominence information)
  Clean Prominence: 0 ft/0 m
  Optimistic Prominence: 18 ft/6 m
  Key Col: 2372 ft/723 m
Isolation0 mi/0 km
Nearest Higher Neighbor in the PBC database:
    Mount Frissell-South Slope  (NNE)
Isolation distance is based on NHN and is slightly overstated.
RangesContinent: North America
Range2: Appalachian Mountains
Range3: Northern U.S. Appalachians
Range4: Taconic Range
Range5: Southern Taconic Range
Drainage Basins
Long Island Sound
Atlantic Ocean
New York Harbor
Atlantic Ocean
OwnershipLand: Taconic State Park
Topo MapAshley Falls O42073a3 1:25,000
Route #1 Maintained Hiking Trail
Trailhead: Mt. Riga Rd 1890 ft/576 m
Vertical Gain: 482 ft/147 m
Distance (one way): 1.55 mi/2.49 km
Route #2 Maintained Hiking Trail
Trailhead: Rudd Pond Farms Trailhead 950 ft/290 m
Vertical Gain: 1603 ft/488 m
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Other Photos

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On the right side of the path and a little obscured if you are not really keeping alert. Views along the path to the high peak are fantastic. I could only imagine was a clear day would do for the views (2014-10-12). Photo by Chuck Engle.
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