Bash Bish Falls Trail

#1 of 4 trails in Mt Washington State Forest
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
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Directions from Copake Falls, NY: Take County Road 344 east for a mere .7 mile to reach the Bash Bish Falls Trailhead.

Charlie Pirnie
1 month ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

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.

Loring S.
1 month ago

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.

Robert Ogborn
2 months ago

14 Completed13 Reviews

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...

Courtney Kunzig
5 months ago

3 Completed3 Reviews

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!

Matthew McKay
7 months ago

23 Completed19 Reviews

Brian Phoenix
8 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

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.

Diana Intrabartola
8 months ago

3 Completed1 Reviews

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.

Michael Madison
9 months ago

8 Completed3 Reviews

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.

Sibora Reed
9 months ago

57 Completed38 Reviews

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.

Mike D'Afflitto
9 months ago

5 Completed2 Reviews

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.

John Tuey
9 months ago

36 Completed37 Reviews

Doug Schoolcraft
10 months ago

6 Completed6 Reviews


Erin Perry
1 year ago

8 Completed5 Reviews

Hiked down to the falls from the upper MA lot. More difficult than expected. Had someone with visual impaiment that couldnt traverse these trails from this point. Would strongly recommend the first trailhead(NY lot) for anyone with younger children or anyone who might need assistance. loved the falls view!

Natasha Law
1 year ago

7 Completed7 Reviews

Beautiful falls that are easily enjoyed by all ages. Very simple short walk really. Dislike that there are always a ton of people here but def worth it for the view

Dave Stewart
1 year ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Nice enjoyable little hike. My parents are in their late 60s and they did just fine!

Jeremy Boord
1 year ago

14 Completed10 Reviews

A spur of the moment 3/4 mile pretty flat hike from the lower parking lot. Nice falls at the end. Lot of people on this walk. Did it in sandals. Nice pictures.

Amanda Spinosa
1 year ago

34 Completed6 Reviews

Bash Bish is really cool! Took the hour and fifteen minute drive from the lower Hudson Valley through farmland to get there which was really scenic. We unknowingly parked in the Massachusetts lot and walked down a short-but-steep incline. The view from the edge of the falls is truly surreal. I know of people who have swam here, but it's very risky and dangerous considering how rough the waters are. If you don't want to walk the hellishly steep trail back up, I suggest parking in the New York lot. Apparently it's a lot easier!

Ryan Daoust
1 year ago

4 Completed1 Reviews

dope water was very very cold though

Jeremy Golem
1 year ago

15 Completed6 Reviews

A quick and scenic hike!! Amazing view of the mountain and waterfall. Simplify breathtaking. Normally you can swim near waterfall.

Will A
2 years ago

14 Completed11 Reviews

I initially started on the wrong trail and had to ford the stream to get on the correct trail. Water was rather cold and my bare feet went numb quickly. But once I was on the correct trail it was a fairly easy ascent to the top. Note the trail is inclined all the way up and there are some stones protruding the trail; this makes for a hike that isn't accessible for all people.

But there is a secret short cut for those who want to see the falls but are physically unable to do the walk. As you drive past the trail head towards MA you'll pass a gate on the right side of the road. There isn't a whole lot of room to stop and you can't park there for any length of time. But you should be able to unload passengers. Just beyond the gate is a short descent of only a few hundred feet to the falls.