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!
Started at the Undermountain Trail, hiked up the south side, down the northside. I recommend going up south, down north. Coming up north is more difficult. We continued on the AT to Sage's Ravine, came down the ravine (unblazed - do not recommend - very dangerous), walked back on Rte 41 to the parking lot. 8.2 miles total. The only negative was that we encountered three different groups with dogs off leash, and did not bring leashes. We did not get to enjoy the summit because two groups had their dogs off leash, roaming around, and we had to keep ours away from theirs. They were angry with us when we asked them to leash their dogs. (It is the law.) Another group had four dogs off leash, no leashes with them. We were coming down the precarious part of the north side and they had a difficult time containing their dogs so we could pass with ours. They seemed very off put when we asked if they could leash their dogs. Many people think just because their dogs are friendly that its ok to keep them off leash. This is not true. Our dog is not good with other dogs, but is always on a leash and under our control. When other dogs approach off leash, it puts us and her in a bad situation. Please, people, leash your dogs, or at the very least, carry a leash to put them on when needed! Other than the dog issue, this was a fabulous hike!
The Undermountain Trail/ parking is marked with a blue oval sign on RT41, 3.1 miles from the intersection of RT44 & RT41 (North). Beautiful hike, mountain laurel everywhere, incredible view of Salisbury's Twin Lakes. I hiked the loop heading West first. Well marked trails. Only thing I would mention is that I hiked the trail with my dog, we did make it although (if doing the loop) once past the peak of Bear Mountain there is a section of rocky trail (about .25miles) that was difficult to get down with a dog on leash. It would be no problem without a dog. Highly recommend this hike.
Angela T. on Appalachian Trail, Northwest Connec...
Beautiful and so much fun!