Weather was perfect. Started at Undermountain trailhead on route 41. Hiked to Bear mountain via Appalachain Trail, then Round Mountain, then over to Mount Frissel. A 9.6 mile hike. Great views spectacular foilage. I absolutely loved this hike. Took just over 6 hours
Bryan N. on Bear Mountain Trail
Rick D. on Bear Mountain Trail
Great views. Challenging terrain. The tower is awesome.
I went up on a beautiful spring day with friends and it's quite a ride from anywhere. However, the trail was well marked and well worn. It is very beautiful in general and the summit had an interesting "tower" on which to gaze upon CT, NY, and MA. A definite recommendation!
I hiked this trail 7/26/2016. It's a great trail, my second time hiking it. However, I LOST my GPS unit in the parking lot. I left it on the roof of my car and drove off. Doh!!! If you find it contact me a thectexplorer [at] gmail [dot] com
This is a great trail takes you to the highest peak in CT. I think it is closer to a 6.5-mile loop. beautiful views from the top. It's very special in the fall. Also, keep an eye out for wild blueberries along the trail.
Hiked the trail this morning with my 10 yo. We had a great hike! We took Paradise up and Undermountain down and I wouldn't want to go in the opposite direction. We did it in about 4 hours, including stopping for lunch at the top.
We did make a little mistake that got us a bit off course for a few minutes. There are, apparently, two options to turn off onto the Paradise trail. The first goes to the campsite and was a fine hike. When we got to the campsite, we found the trail going up a steep, rocky slope. When we got to the "top", we weren't sure which way to go, so we went left. We only went about a tenth of a mile or so before we realized our mistake and turned around. On our way down the mountain, we realized that there was a second turn onto the actual trail about 50 feet further on the Undermountain Trail that would have taken us in a more direct route.
We took Undermountain up & paradise down. It was a nice trek! We lost paradise somewhere on the back end because we ended up somehow parallel to it on the descent. Overall it was 7.5 miles on the trail we did take, but it was really easy terrain (save for the first .2 miles of descent). I'd definitely swap the trails for ease of climb - coming down that way was more difficult than going up would have been!
Definitely Family friendly if you are careful on that section (I'd recommend older kids or kids having some experience on hikes). We brought our 6 year old and managed to make it in 4.5 hours overall, it's definitely a gradual and scenic hike! Plus the crossing of the AT meant we had a lot of company, it's definitely well trafficked, but everyone was incredibly nice & very polite!