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Tri-State South Taconic Hike NY/MA/CT to Bash Bish Falls (12 Miles - Strenuous)

  • Nov 16, 2013 · 8:30 AM
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This hike has some strenuous climbs, and also offers fantastic views and long stretches of peaceful, breezy trails and woods roads. We will start at the Quarry Hill Road Parking area and hike up white past South Brace Mtn, Brace Mtn, We'll turn east on the Red trail, past the NY/CT/MA tri-point past Mt. Frissel, CT's state high point. Then I'm going down Mt. Frissel (Yes, I'm going down and back up..) and back to the white trail going up Mt Alander. We stop for lunch on top of Mt Alander and then follow the white trail all the way towards Bash Bish Falls lower parking area, which is where we spotted our cars in the beginning.

The peak of Brace is somewhat flattened out and treeless so it makes for relaxing views where you can find a soft spot to sprawl out on and take in the beauty of nature. You'll need the rest as the hike to Brace will get your blood pumping for sure. From Brace there is a great scene to the west. Brace hangs high over the farmland and neighborhoods dotting the valley below and affords great views of the mountain ranges in the distance.

During the hike we will reach the highest point in Connecticut at Mt. Frissell, with the summit being in Massachusetts. We then hike up Alander Mountain with panoramic views behind us. We then follow the South Taconic trail (white) all the way towards Bash Bish falls. We can then add another 1-2 miles from the parking lot to see the base of the falls.

NOTE: This is a challenging hike with about 4,300' - 5,000' vertical gain. It should take about 6-7 hours, and we'll be hiking at a steady pace. I want to emphasize this hike is not for beginners! Please only RSVP if you are a self-sufficient hiker.

PARKING AREAS: The parking area at Quarry Hill is quite small, please carpool as much as possible! We will be starting at Quarry Hill, and spotting half our cars at Bash Bish Parking Area.

START: GPS Coordinates to Quarry Hill Parking Area. We will be driving to the Quarry Hill parking area after meeting at Bash Bish Parking Area to spot half our cars)

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END: GPS Coordinates to Bash Bish Lower Parking Area 

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  • wiola

    just AWESOME HIKE !!!!! like always with Manny and this group ;)

    1 · November 21, 2013

  • jooy

    Need a trail map? Hit the NYNJTC SALE now: 35% off all their maps, books, gear, today 11/18 thru Wed. 11/20-- http://www.nynjtc.org/2013-3daysale?utm_source=tcweb&utm_medium=email&utm_content=ad3_nov18&utm_campaign=fall13sale
    (BTW, that nice man we ran into who was doing trailwork-- he's a volunteer for the NYNJTC, which surveys and publishes all the maps we use for Harriman, Breakneck, etc. etc.)

    November 18, 2013

  • Gregory S.

    Rain turned to sunshine, carpool reunions, great climbs, beautiful views, and a spirited group of fun loving hikers made it a fantastic day. Thanks Manny for organizing.

    1 · November 18, 2013

  • Nattalia

    I had an amazing first hike with this group of wonderful people ..

    1 · November 16, 2013

    • Janet

      And what a nice reunion

      November 17, 2013

  • Glenn

    What a great hike in such good weather. As always enjoyed seeing everyone and meeting a few new people. Hope to see you on another event soon.

    2 · November 17, 2013

  • jooy

    Beautiful day! Lovely people... Thanks Manny!

    1 · November 17, 2013

  • Janet

    Great hike

    November 16, 2013

  • Angela B.

    Albert Wu!!! Get the cheese out of your bag...lmao

    1 · November 16, 2013

  • Tim

    Amazing workout, views and the greatest of people to enjoy the day with

    November 16, 2013

  • Angela B.

    Like always, hiking with Manny is so much fun...You gather together such a nice bunch of Fun, Friendly people...Until the next hike... (-:

    1 · November 16, 2013

  • Shirley

    Four Bro Pizza - 4957 Rte 22, Amenia, NY 12501

    November 16, 2013

  • AliciaDevero

    Matt and i are at the Meteo Cafe - if anyone is in the way :-)

    November 16, 2013

  • Jhersson

    i still have room for one more, if anyone still needs a ride, text me with you name at[masked]

    November 15, 2013

  • David K.

    I am driving and have room or can go with someone else if you have room. Leaving from Queens/LI. Let me know if you have a spot or need a spot.

    November 15, 2013

    • Matt

      I'm driving from exit 39lie. What are you near?

      November 15, 2013

  • Gregory S.

    Picking Janet & Nattalia up in Flushing at 6:15am. Room for one more.

    November 15, 2013

  • Jorge

    sorry guys, I has to cancel. I has to work tomorrow, have fun

    November 15, 2013

  • Gregory S.

    Still have room for two more people leaving from Flushing Queens at 6:15am.

    November 15, 2013

    • Gregory S.

      Hi Nattalia, Toni, I have space. I'll send you a private message with the details. Please note I must return immediately after the hike as I have an evening engagement at 7pm in Brooklyn.

      November 15, 2013

    • Gregory S.

      To be clear. I am picking up Janet, Nattalia, and possibly Toni. Toni I see you are +1. We'd have to squeeze 3 in the back if that is the case.

      November 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry for the late cancellation. I'm still fighting off this cold. :(

    November 15, 2013

  • Manny

    Hey guys, just a reminder that we meet at the Lower Bash Bish Parking Area. The cell phone signal is really bad in this area of Taconic St Park. So most of us will be unable to communicate when we get closer to the park. Post any updates on the site when you get off the highway!

    November 14, 2013

    • Manny

      We will spot half our cars at Lower Bash Bish Parking area and we'll all squeeze in the biggest cars and drive to the Quarry Hill Parking area about 20 minutes away to start the hike. This area can't fit more then 4-5 cars.

      November 14, 2013

    • Manny

      http://www.ems.com/pr...­ We will be doing this route - South Brace Mtn > Brace Mtn > Mt. Frissel (Down and Up) > Mt. Alander > Bash Bish Falls.

      November 14, 2013

  • Jhersson

    i still have space for two more people.

    November 11, 2013

    • Julia

      That's too far for me. Thanks anyway.

      November 12, 2013

    • Christine

      Hi, I sent a msg but in case do u still have room ?

      November 14, 2013

  • Chandresh

    Will be driving from North Jersey but can pick up people from Washington heights at W 178 st

    November 2, 2013

    • Janet

      Chandresh, my apologies for the confusion but I'm going to get a ride with Greg instead since he is closer to me. Thank you again and I'm sorry for the mix. See you on Sat. :-)

      November 14, 2013

    • Chandresh

      Janet, no worries. See you on Saturday :)

      November 14, 2013

  • Gregory S.

    I am driving. Can pickup 3 in Long Island or Queens.
    Please note, I must be back in Brooklyn by 7PM so I will be leaving immediately after the hike.

    1 · November 13, 2013

  • Chandresh

    Have a room for 2 possibly 3 in my car. Pickup in Washington heights

    November 10, 2013

    • Janet

      Chandresh, I think I will ride with Serafin since he is closer if Serafin still have space. My apologies for any confusion. I originally didn't see the mesh fr serafin

      November 13, 2013

    • Chandresh

      Hi Janet No worries

      November 13, 2013

  • Janet

    Does anyone still have space for one more?

    November 11, 2013

    • Cepaфин

      You were confirmed with me since you signed up.

      November 12, 2013

  • Glenn

    I've always missed this Tri-State hike in the past so its time I get this one in. Will be driving from Central Jersey and can fit 3.

    November 1, 2013

    • Glenn

      Julia - I could still pick you up at Grove St at 6am but after the hike I am going up to VT for the night so you will either have to arrange a ride back after the hike or you can tag along to VT and on Sunday I'll drop you off in Jersey City.

      November 11, 2013

    • Julia

      I have plans on sat night and sunday so I will just drive. Thanks anyway.

      November 12, 2013

  • Manny

    Pickup in Astoria Neptune Diner at 6 am. I still have room for 1-2 more!

    November 11, 2013

    • Vishakha

      Hey Manny, Would you still have a spot available?

      November 11, 2013

  • alex p

    Driving from brooklyn...if I make it on the list

    November 10, 2013

  • Chandresh­ changed the location for this Meetup

    November 10, 2013

  • Manny

    Hey everyone, just wanted to say I'm capping this hike at 25 people. There is limited parking space at area we start hike. This hike is also not for beginners because of the up and down ekevation gain.

    November 10, 2013

  • Tim

    I'm coming from Stamford, CT and can bring a few people with me. Anyone need a ride?

    November 7, 2013

    • Christine

      Tim Im have a ride to but wondering if u have to pass through Manhattan on the way home ?

      November 7, 2013

  • Manny

    I can pickup in Astoria Neptune Diner at 6 am. Please text me for ride to confirm. [masked]

    November 1, 2013

    • Manny

      Ok your in Wiola. Room for 1 more!

      November 5, 2013

    • wiola

      Oops, forgot to text ya, sorry ;)

      November 5, 2013

  • Angela B.

    Looking for a ride from NYC, meet anywhere convenient for you, and will split gas, tolls etc..Reside UWS by Riverside Drive...

    November 1, 2013

    • Angela B.

      Yeah...Sounds great...Count me in...

      November 4, 2013

    • jooy

      Thank you, Chandresh, but I already got a ride with Jhersson. See you at the trailhead!

      November 4, 2013

  • Jhersson

    I'll be driving i can pick up anyone in the city.

    November 1, 2013

    • Andrei

      Hi Jhersson, do you still have a spot available? Thansk

      November 4, 2013

    • Jhersson

      Angela and Andrei i still have space for both of you send me a text will your name to save you a spot

      November 4, 2013

  • Megan R.

    Hi, I'm looking for a ride from NYC. Can meet just about anywhere in Manhattan/ Brooklyn. I live in Greenpoint. Willing to share cost.

    November 1, 2013

  • mae

    yes serafin go I missed u :) ata cayav lalechet ke yachol lehoyot shoo yarog oti ba hike haze lol

    November 1, 2013

  • Cepaфин

    Its been toooooo long since I've hiked with Manny so gotta make this one before the former flying squirrel becomes a nomad again and takes off on us.

    1 · November 1, 2013

  • Jorge

    I want to go but Saturdays are not good for me

    November 1, 2013

    • Manny

      Ok that sucks.. maybe next time bro. Hopefully I'll see you again before Glenn's Vermont trip.

      November 1, 2013

  • Manny

    I will probably add another 1,000 feet near the CT High Point. I'm going down Mt Frissel and back up to make this 5,000 elevation gain total. Please keep in mind this hike is not really for beginners, there is a good amount of climbing and we'll preferably be going at a brisk pace while still taking breaks to enjoy the views.

    November 1, 2013

  • Kathy

    excited. surprised not more ppl signed up :-)

    November 1, 2013

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