Bash Bish Falls Trail

MODERATE 49 reviews
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Bash Bish Falls Trail is a 0.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Mt Washington, MA that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

0.6 miles 272 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

fishing

fly fishing

hiking

mountain biking

off road driving

rock climbing

skiing

snowshoeing

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wildlife

Directions from Copake Falls, NY: Take County Road 344 east for a mere .7 mile to reach the Bash Bish Falls Trailhead.


21 minutes ago

Beautiful trail. We found it to be very easy to access and hike. We came in from the top on the MA side, I would not consider the hike moderate, I think even the most inexperienced hiker in average shape could manage it, the trail is a gradual 300 ft incline over 4/10 of a mile, there are built in stairs and rock steps. A short walk for a lazy afternoon. We actually hiked down deeper and found a private swimming hole, very serene spot to read and cool off.


5 days ago

hiking

Excellent


12 days ago

hiking

Amazing waterfall! Definitely worth the drive from the Boston area!


14 days ago

hiking

This was a great hike. Getting down to the river was fairly easy. The hike back up was steep and a little challenging. From the Massachusetts parking lot, head up to the summit. It's definitely not to be missed! Great place to eat lunch and less people hanging out than down at the falls.

My one complaint was that it was really busy and quite difficult to find a moment of peace to enjoy the falls.


15 days ago


1 month ago

hiking

Parked at MA parking went down and back with my 4 year old. He's pretty resilient. Great short hike with lots of fun. Scenic overlook was tough; but oddly the way back, uphill, seemed easier than going down. Waterfall was beautiful and populated with visitors on a Sunday. Loved it!


1 month ago

hiking

The trail that takes you to the falls from the NY parking lot is very pretty but mostly a slow upward slope of a walk. You see the river next to you along the way, instead of taking the trail my friends walked along the river and found swimming holes that were amazing and not crowded with people. We hiked the mountain behind the falls, it was very steep and involved upper body strength to pull yourself up at times, well at least for a person as short as I am. I loved it! Got a great workout and then saw the waterfalls after.


1 month ago

hiking

Not much of a workout if coming from the NY parking lot, but is rocky and small hills alongside the waterfall sounds and a beautiful, crystal clear dream for 3/4 of a mile. Very dog friendly, my labrador loved it. The falls are gorgeous, though even at 8am on a weekday, there are other people around. still got some time to ourselves on the rocks near the view. Worth the trip and lots of more strenuous, longer trails nearby if making a day of it. Trails also very clean.


2 months ago

hiking

Glenn onoko in Jim Thorpe Pa used to be my favorite but I connected with this hike on a different level. I felt more of a spiritual connection and just have an unexplainable love for this day!! awesome place! if you go venture down the stream instead of just go to see the waterfall. It was a ton a fun!


3 months ago

Moderate length hike, but have to go slow going down to falls from parking lot. Great looking falls and powerful. Hiking back to parking lot was very steep and strenuous, had to stop a few times while with 10 year old grandson. All in all a good workout.


3 months ago

hiking

This is the tallest waterfall in Mass, and it is impressive. Check out my full write up which includes directions and things to look out for.
http://www.eastcoasthiker.com/trails/bashbishfalls


4 months ago

The water is so clean , the views to die for ... This waterfall will not let you down... Hard on the way back up ... So bring something to eat before you walk up for energy ... So glad i got to see this waterfall... You will be seeing alot more of me on here for sure...


7 months ago

hiking

Went with two friends and had a great time. We didn't follow the nature trail from where we parked we went down in the river and hiked rock to rock until we reached enormous boulders and were getting close to the falls. The actual trail is about 45 ft straight up to your left which we had to climb up the dirt wall to get to the trail and to the falls. We walked along the path then down to the falls which were beautiful. There was no one surveilling the area so a few of us jumped in. There are trails/minor rock scramble behind the falls if you go over a small wooden bridge and keep right. There is a wire fence that kind of leads the way. Definitely more strenuous than just a nature trail and a lot more fun!


9 months ago


10 months ago

From the upper Massachusetts parking, it's beautiful terrain and quite easy. My 5 year old had a wonderful time, with no issues making it down and back.


10 months ago

walking

Easy trail from NY. Went to the waterfall then hiked back through the water instead of the trail. Very crowded during Labor Day weekend and there was a ranger preventing people from swimming by the falls.


11 months ago

The trail from Mass to the falls is wonderful easy to moderate. The NY trail is a easy trail for elder or not so active people.


11 months ago

hiking

The waterfall was very peaceful and beautiful. The water ran down into a stream next to the foot trail. The walk to get to the falls was really brisk, easy and cleared out. The only annoyance was the fact that there were pumped up unfriendly cops with dogs right above the falls working with the park rangers constantly blowing on their whistles if anyone as much as dipped their feet in the water. Which is ok seeing that they're keeping the water clean, however I think they should've been more concerned with the large families of people going in the stream further down and letting their children go number 2 in the water while they swam next to them (that was a bit disgusting) instead of the nice people meditating and enjoying the waterfall.


11 months ago

hiking

From the MA trail parking lot:
The term "short hike" may be misleading to some. Yes, the distance is under half a mile, but it's a 300 foot walk down very steep rocks with some wide switchbacks and both man-made and natural rock steps. Be prepared for the climb back to the top. It's also a very popular and crowded spot and the trail isn't wide enough for 2 way traffic in spots, forcing someone off to let others pass. Not usually an issue, but this trail is very rocky and steep.
Further down the road from the MA parking lot, you cross into NY state. There is another access trail to the falls via a gravel road. Choose your path accordingly.


11 months ago