Bash Bish Falls Trail

Mt Washington, MA
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Bash Bish Falls Trail is a 0.4 mile trail located near Mt Washington, Massachusetts that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and best time to visit is from April to November.

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

New York State Division of Tourism, One Commerce Plaza , Albany, NY, 12245, Phone: 518-474-4116

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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.

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Walks okay beautiful waterfall fun swim fun little jump off rocks

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Short hike to the bottom of the falls from the MA side. Some rocks and a few slippery sections but the kids had no problems with it. Beautiful weather....pretty crowded at the bottom. Water is cold but feels great. Next time will try to get there early in the day to grab a prime spot for an hour or two. Great place to take someone on their first hike.

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5 Completed 3 Reviews

Nice trail. The top was still a bit icy in spots. What a great view of the falls at the bottom.

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9 Completed 1 Reviews

One of my favorite short hikes. Just did it today and the trail was snow packed into ice, so it was slow going. One of the falls was still frozen.

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Very beautiful. Nice views of falls, streams and cliffs. A little commercialized at the falls for my taste. If you take the trails up and over the mountain and down what seems like jurassic park coming down an almost vertical decent to the falls, the difficultity level is great and the entire hike is very strenuous but worth while and very rewarding. OR, you can take the easy way out and walk the 1/2 mile from the parking area to the falls. Enjoy

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Great for moms and kids. Hiked up on trail and descended in the gorge. Kids ages 5 and 11.

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Easy hike, Beautiful Falls and a great story to the falls as well ;

Legend has it that a beautiful Indian woman, called Bash Bish, lived in a village near the Falls. She was a cheerful sister to all. Yet one day a jealous friend accused her of adultery. She pleaded innocent before the village council, but the stern elders sentenced her to death. She was to be strapped to a canoe and turned loose upstream from the Falls.

The moment before her execution, the rays of the sun formed a halo around her body and a ring of colorful butterflies fluttered around her head.

The canoe plunged into the Falls. Smashed, it was retrieved from the pool at the base of the Falls, but no trace of Bash Bish's body was found. Villagers concluded Bash Bish was a witch. The memory of her execution haunted their sleep for years to come.

The story might have ended there had Bash Bish not left a young daughter, White Swan. White Swan grew to enjoy health, beauty, and the love of Whirling Wind, a great chief's son. But some unexplainable loneliness often caused her to climb to the gorge above the Falls. When she discovered she was unable to give Whirling Wind children, she decided to end her life by plunging into the turbulent waters of the Falls. Whirling Wind, who without White Swan's knowledge had followed her up the gorge, followed his love into the water.

Once again, the villagers searched the lower pool. Although they found Whirling Wind's battered body, they never found any sign of White Swan. It is said the images of Bash Bish and White Swan sometimes appear fleetingly in the Falls.

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52 Completed 73 Reviews

The falls are beautiful and worth the walk. From the NYS side the trail was fairly easy and wide. A few benches to pause at if need be. Scenery of forest and a stream. Crossing the state border was pretty cool. To actually get to the pool below the falls was tricky. Had to climb down, over, etc some boulders. Entering the trail from the Massachusetts side is a different experience. Tricky. Extremely rocky, narrow in spots and a tough go. Not easy at all but not difficult either. Just go slow and stay on the trail. Quiet though and a lot less people. I'll definitely go back.

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7 Completed 7 Reviews

I nice walk. Easy for even the youngest of hikers. It's usually pretty crowded so getting there eary is a wise move. The Falls are pretty great. As a kid (teenager) we used to jump off the cliffs above the falls. My wife thinks it's a lie but when we took the kids there in June a few brave souls jumped at the very place I told her we had jumped yrs ago. There are signs stating "no swimming" which deters the majority of people but when your a kid they mean nothing and impressing your girls is much higher of a reward than receiving a ticket from the DEC. If you do get to Bish Bash be sure and get down onto the rocks below the falls rather than stay at the top. The falls are much more impressive down there. A lot of people also bring their dogs to swim in the clear stream that leads up to the falls.
Don't miss the NY-MASS border picture OP! It's one 4 the scrap book.

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