Bash Bish Falls Trail

#1 of 4 trails in mt washington state forest
Bash Bish Falls Trail is a 0.6 mile 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.

Courtney Kunzig

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

23 Completed19 Reviews

Brian Phoenix

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

2 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

4 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

53 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

4 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

33 Completed36 Reviews

Doug Schoolcraft

5 Completed6 Reviews


Erin Perry

7 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!