This is one of the Best waterfalls in the Northeast

 Magnitude:

34

 Abs Mag:

39

 Beisel Rating:

3.1 (Class 4)

 Height:

150 feet

 Tallest Drop:

50 feet

 # of Drops:

---

 Type:

tiered

 Stream:

Bash Bish Brook

 Latitude:

42.1149

 Longitude:

73.4933

 Maps:

USGS Ashley Falls 7 1/2"

 

Aerial Photography

 Delormes:

43 I26

 

 

The falls in high flow, click to enlarge

A photo courtesy of Rick Tyrseck, click to enlarge

 

 

Bash Bish Falls State Park , Berkshire County, MA , USA

 

No Known Alternate Names

 

 

The falls in high flow

 

Details:

Bash Bish Falls typically refers to the single segmented plunge, but it fails to take into account the series of steep falls and cascades above. Bryan Swan and I visited the falls in October of 2005 in a period of high water. We'd often seen height figures of 200' and 80' that referred to the total drop and main plunge, but visual inspection leads us to doubt these figures. I'd have an easier time believing the 200' figure, but we both think it's closer to 150', at least the steep parts of the gorge above the main drop. If you account for all of the introductory drops and the small drops after the main plunge, 200' could be fairly accurate. We both feel that the main plunge isn't 80', 50' is closer to the truth. The terrain around the falls is steep and dangerous, so short of a detailed survey of the gorge by a group of canyoners, we'll have to eyeball the falls. The falls themselves are great, purely and simply great. The waters take a steep and winding course down a deep wooded ravine and split around a large rocky spire leaping into a broad pool below.

 

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Photography Notes:

This is an interesting subject worthy of special considerations. You'll want to be sure the lighting is right, so shoot the falls during either sweet light or on an overcast day. The falls face northwest and have a fairly open exposure. You'll want a polarizer and focal lengths in the range of 28-80mm. It's possible to isolate some of the upper cascades with telephoto, but from the base of the falls, these will be foreshortened and not especially photogenic from that vantage point. The falls themselves are quite striking, and certainly a unique feature.

 

Directions:

Take Route 41 south out of Egremont for 1/10 of a mile. Turn right onto the road that leads to Mount Washington and Mount Everett and drive 7.5 miles to the marked parking area for Bash Bish Falls