“Because They’re There”
CT17ers & 10 Highest Peaks in Connecticut
I have considered this page way, way more than you’d care to imagine. I have engaged in lengthy email chains with similarly concerned peakbaggers and I have consulted dozens of maps. All to come to the conclusion (for now, in 2020) that it will be a work in progress for a while.
Because Connecticut is not blessed with dozens of clearly defined mountains, these lists are very, very difficult to develop. This site was a starting point, but it’s not correct. My list is comprehensive, but it’s not correct either.
(I won’t bore you with the vagaries of prominence and the AMC’s rules regarding it when it comes to peakbagging lists. I received input from a guy who followed the AMC’s 200′ prominence rule religiously, and as a result, his Top 10 List is rather different from mine. Not wrong, just different.)
Adding confusion is the fact that several of the highest peaks, whether prominent or not, are not named. Several are privately owned, and the Great Mountain Forest folks aren’t too keen on random people bushwhacking to its unnamed peaks. Here’s a 2017 page that now exists only for historical insight..
I became a bit obsessed with creating a CT17er list at some point. That is, I wanted a list of 17 peaks over 1,700 feet in Connecticut. This requires playing fast and loose with prominence “rules” and, yes, includes one non-peak and one supposedly mere inches under the 1,700-foot threshold. I plan on stacking some dirt there to make it official. As one emailer said, “It’s your list.” Darn straight.
10 Highest Peaks
1. Bear Mountain, 2,323 feet, Salisbury
2. Round Mountain, 2,280 feet, Salisbury
3. Gridley Mountain, 2,192 feet, Salisbury
4. Bald Peak, 1,997 feet, Salisbury
5. Bradford Mountain, 1,962 feet, Canaan
6. Mount Riga(s), 1830 feet, Salisbury
7. Crissey Ridge Peak, 1,800 feet, Norfolk
8. Bald Mountain, 1,768 feet, Norfolk
9. “North Yale Peak,” 1,740 feet, Canaan
10. Lion’s Head, 1,732 feet, Salisbury
The above 10 peaks plus the 7 below make up my CT17ers. Peaks in quotation marks have been given names by me. Only three below are trailed. Also, I haven’t listed any of the several on the “Canaan Massif” where Bradford Mountain is – not only for prominence rules, but because there are 10 of them and that’s just a pain.
11. “Seldom Seen Peak” 1,725 feet, Norfolk
12. Stone Man Mountain, 1,722 feet, Canaan
13. “South Yale Peak,” 1,720 feet, Canaan
14. East Bald Mountain, 1,715 feet, Norfolk
15. “Wangum Mountain,” 1,705 feet, Norfolk
16. Thorpe Mountain, 1,699.48 feet, Salisbury
17. South Slope of Mt. Frissell, 2,380 feet, Salisbury