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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarApril 11, 2021
HikingGreat!

Beautiful hike the views were amazing. Give you heads up it’s more then 10 miles .

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMarch 27, 2021
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarMarch 27, 2021
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3/27/21 Checked off a few milestones on this one. Highest elevation in CT (Mt Frissell), Highest peak in CT (Bear Mountain), Three summit day (Round Mountain) Tri-state boundary marker (NY/CT/MA), First mile was a steady incline. Paradise Lane Trail was a nice easy walk Beeline trail was a watery mess. All the snow melted from the north side of Bear mountain which made for a pretty sloggy mile at the base. The first quarter-mile at the trail head to Frissell was also more like a creek then a trail with not much room to navigate on the sides. So be prepared to get a little wet and/or do some bushwhacking. I’m sure it’ll drain off in the next week or so but water-proof shoes highly recommended until it does. The ascents to round mountain and Frissell were both fairly challenging but not terribly long. Nice views from round mountain, no view on Frissell. The CT high point and tri-state markers are cool landmarks to check out on Frissell. CT high point was maybe 0.1 miles west of summit ... boundary was 0.4 The west slope ascent to bear mountain was hard to find, once found it was a good workout with some really nice views. Great views at the top. Lots of people up there on a sunny Saturday. The ascent down the south side was pretty easy. Overall, A nice hike with a number of bucket list items checked off on it.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMarch 13, 2021
HikingIcyMuddyRockyScrambleSnow

My sister went on this one even though she's only supposed to do the boring local trails. Plus, my mom always gets lost and I keep my nose to the ground and always track the correct turns for her. Now without footsteps in snow for her to follow, she really needed me. She got a little turned around on the steepest switchback about a mile in. AllTrails saved the day because my sister was useless. Microspikes on, microspikes off, microspikes on again. Humans you definitely still need them. Especially given how steep the ascent and descent is to Mount Bushnell. Icy rock faces, switchbacks, rocky stair cases. Not for humans with bad joints for sure. But does the AT get any prettier than this? The trail was all rocks, roots, needles and moss. So pretty. With pitch pines lining the rocky trails it was like a rock garden no human could design. Two black capped chickadees singing to each other back and forth over and over at the summit. So many views along the forested ridge. My mom and sister just hiked the portion they hadn't seen, nearly to Guilder Pond. I have hiked the rest, thank you very much and it equally amazing in any season.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMarch 7, 2021
HikingIcy

From Jug End to Guilder Pond and back. Beautiful winter hike. Ice everywhere and deep snow. No other people, wonderful open views almost the whole way. Slippery on some switchbacks coming down. Must have crampons.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMarch 6, 2021
Hiking

A lot of ice, must have spikes.

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Excellent trail that while difficult, slippery, and scrambling, was stunning with views!

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Just hiked today. Great trail but lots of snow and ice still on the back side of the mountain. I’ve hiked this trail 5-6 times before in spring/summer and it usually takes about four hours, but was much slower today. We only did about half of the trail in three hours today.

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Stephanie McKenna reviewed Bear Mountain and Mount Frissell Trail
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJanuary 20, 2021
HikingGreat!IcyRockySnow

So...this was every bit a difficult as it says. The climb up bear mountain from the start of the trail is very manageable, the climb down the far side and back up are very challenging and in icy weather could be dangerous. Spikes are absolutely necessary and thankfully there are many areas between steep climbs for you to rest. As you finish your descent down Bear if you plan to continue to Round and Frissell you need to take a left at an unmarked fork. I would recommend having your all trails app or map open or you’ll miss the turn (we had to back track and thankfully a set of footprints led us to the right turn). If you get to the trail head for Sages Ravine you’ve gone too far. Most of this area of trail is totally unmarked, once you make it to Mount Washington Rd or the Mount Frissell trailhead the markers for the AT trail return and there are white trail markers followed by red markers up the mountains. The climb up Round Mountain is also a steep rocky climb up and down the south side and milder up and down the north side leading to Frissell. We hiked Bear to Round to Frissell down to the CT high peak and back. Total mileage 10.5, took us about 6.5 hours (4 of which was to Frisell the last 2.5 in the reverse) total elevation recorded by my Garmin was 3,698ft. The views were breathtaking, signing the summit register was extremely rewarding, and seeing the two peaks of Round and Bear from the summit of Frissell made all the work worth it. We were very proud of ourselves for completing this and would recommend it to anyone looking for a challenge.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJanuary 18, 2021
HikingRocky

This is by far one of my top 3 hikes. Perfect conditions for a fall hike. Very treacherous. Hiking boots highly recommended especially if you are a beginner. Worth the hard work as the views are just exhilarating. As it is a hotspot for hikers, expect it to be crowded. Peking is also a challenge.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJanuary 18, 2021
Hiking

This hike offers great views for the effort. This route takes you over 3 summits in 3 states including sections of the Appalachian Trail.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJanuary 13, 2021
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pretty cold hike bw 17-24 degrees fahrenheit, felt like 8-13 degrees. partly cloudy sunny skies. reached the summit at sunset, used headlamp back to car. listened to lots of HP and the Sorcerer's Stone on Audible. beautiful wintry scenes, part of the trail was a ski slope, I only saw 2 people the whole time I was out, they were skiing down. I have a camel back type water bladder and the tube to drink from froze

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarDecember 30, 2020
HikingRockyScrambleSnow

Some light snowfall covered parts of the trail but was manageable most of the way up. Did about 5 miles of the trail. Beautiful views and crisp air!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarDecember 28, 2020
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recorded 11 miles and i started recording late. make sure you get there early if your doing beacon too. next time will probably just do breakneck loop, enjoyed views and climb better there.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarDecember 5, 2020
HikingMuddy

if you take the hardest routes it's quite challenging and fun but there are alternate routes for those who want something less difficult. wear food shoes of you're going to scramble and know how to wedge your feet properly.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarNovember 21, 2020
Hiking

This hike was awesome! Great views and challenging — but not overly challenging. Will definitely be back!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarNovember 17, 2020
HikingIcyRockyScramble

Wet and slippery.

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