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50 Peaks, State 8: Connecticut

En route to New Hampshire last week, we made a pitstop in northwestern Connecticut for a quick trip up Mount Frissell to land our eighth High Point.

In reality, the peak of Mount Frissell is in South Egremont, Massachusetts, but the Nutmeg State’s highest elevation sits just below the summit, right on the CT-MA state line.

We made our first pass at Connecticut back in December when we were visiting Brent’s family for Christmas.  Unfortunately, we didn’t even make it to the trailhead; the snowy conditions had shut down the access road.

This time around, it was a bit more temperate.

Kari and her husband, Mike, were going to join us before a little thing called work got in the way (wait, you mean not everyone can climb a mountain in the middle of the workday?).  So, we were all by our lonesome when we pulled into the small Appalachian Mountain Club parking lot just before noon and laced up our running shoes.

The trail began with a gentle stretch of rolling hills before ascending toward the summit of Round Mountain, Frissell’s shorter and stouter neighbor to the southeast.  From there, we followed the ridge line down and back up, and then, just before the final push to the Frissell Summit, the trail veered left for the state line.

A brief pitstop for wild blueberries

We’d read that the High Point was marked by a distinct green marker next to a large rock cairn.  Apparently ‘distinct’ is a relative term.

The distinct green marker

As Brent set up the self-timer for the requisite posed peak shot, I tested the thickness of the rubber on the bottom of my shoes.

And then we discovered the wonders of the multi-shot self-timer function on Brent’s camera.


High Point #8, in the books!


10 responses to “50 Peaks, State 8: Connecticut

  1. Anne August 8, 2011 at 7:28 am

    Cool! …and I like the multi-shot self-timer photos 🙂

  2. kari @ Running Ricig August 8, 2011 at 8:24 am

    ugh! Stupid work! I wish we could have met up with you guys!

  3. Kara August 8, 2011 at 9:40 am

    That looks like a fun hike! I used to love eating wild blueberries while hiking in Acadia National Park in Maine!

  4. Jill August 8, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Woohoo, another state checked off – yay! Can’t wait until you come out to Colorado and climb Mt. Elbert…maybe I’ll join you :).

  5. Elise August 8, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    such a shame kari & mike couldn’t join you! but looks like a fun and beautiful hike!!! if you come climb any in cail, let me know!

  6. Julie Martinez August 8, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    You had me at wild blueberries! Now I want ice cream! Bummed you didnt get to meet Kari! She’s on of my favorites!

  7. Tasha @ Voracious Eats August 8, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    You are the cutest! I love following your wonderful adventures. My summer adventure comes to an end tomorrow – I’m headed back to the land of sand!

  8. The Scenic Drive May 8, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Awesome. I’m just getting started on my highpointing list. I’ll be checking CT’s off in August.

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