Bash Bish Falls Trail is a 2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Mt Washington, Massachusetts that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
off road driving
Directions from Copake Falls, NY: Take County Road 344 east for a mere .7 mile to reach the Bash Bish Falls Trailhead.
why is is marked with off raod driving?
Such a beautiful place. If you want to swim, you can head down the cascades from the big waterfall a little ways, and there's a smaller falls with a pool of water that's more secluded. Also, if you head up the trail to the right of the falls, then hop the fence where it ends, you can hike up to this beautiful and mostly untouched spot. It's pretty rocky and steep, but one of my favorite places to explore.
My family and I started on the NY side. The trail ran mostly alongside a beautiful stream with many prominent signs specifying "no swimming." Given the many posts about the great swimming, I found this quite amusing. The hike was slippery because of all the leaves and recent rain. Saw many pups along the route... some muddier than others. Easy incline the whole way. The waterfall was a beautiful sight although decending the steps with the ice on the ground was a bit tricky. Beautiful clear water! The waterfall at the end was worth the icy stairs. I'm sure this hike is beautiful in the warmer months! Good for pups and kids.
Loved this! Made the drive out from Southeastern MA for the day with my pup and met a friend from NY with her pup. It was a little late in the season so one trail was closed (from the MA side), but definitely will be back in spring and next fall! Can't wait to see the falls when we get some more rain and at the peak of fall foliage season!
we went for our one year anniversary. The falls were amazing. There was a wedding shoot going on also.
Easy in and out - well, it's a nice effort full hike up to the MA parking lot from the falls for sure but it's short and definitely a nice trip that I would couple with another Mt Washington hike or take friends to for a picnic. Cute area!
Such dreamy falls. The hike is really quick to the falls and the pay off is big. There are actually a lot more trails to explore nearby so this part of the southern Taconics has a lot to offer. I recommend going early in the day or on a week day as it can get a big crowded, which is the only draw back. You can even sneak a swim in! The water was really cold but so clean and refreshing. There's a little mini hike above the trail head which gives you an amazing view of the two mountains you're nestled in. The AMC book "Best Day Hikes in the Catskills and Hudson Valley" has a great trail in their book through Bash Bish. It's about 3.5 miles!
Beautiful falls. Easy walk from parking area. Made a loop of it but don't recommend when damp or wet out as some parts are very slippery and steep. I even second guessed myself on the loop in parts. Visit the falls and go back same way.
Love it here! Such a beautiful place to go!!