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A lot of steps to the top but very beautiful! Some ice on the trail but still able to hike easily!

on Roxbury Mines

8 days ago

Loved this adventure

on Bear Mountain Trail

11 days ago

Easy climb

A lot of steps to go up but worth it for the view

Great hike and view at the peak. There’s a man made rock formation you can climb on top and get a great view of at the peak. Went today and am glad we took others’ advice and went up Pleasant Lane Trail. We barely made it up it was so icy and a little dangerous, couldn’t imagine it being possible to make it down due to it being covered in ice. If you go out and back using the Appalachian it is pretty gradual the whole time, awesome hike.

hiking
23 days ago

Hiked this today. Icy up top be careful. Beautiful view and nice and cold just the way I like it.

hiking
29 days ago

I featured this trail in a 5-minute episode of “Hiking with an Average Jill” on YouTube.
The video offers interesting facts and information that you may find useful before setting out on your hike.
Follow the link below to check it https://youtu.be/YJxaTTmL2Wc

hiking
1 month ago

I featured this trail in a 5-minute episode of “Hiking with an Average Jill” on YouTube.
The video offers interesting facts and information about the trail that you may find useful before setting out on a hike. Follow the link below to check it out.
https://youtu.be/YJxaTTmL2Wc

Great hike, not too difficult...Well marked, with beautiful views. I got caught in a storm but still a great day. Highly recommend

A nice quick loop with two good lookout points. Steep in a few spots but overall a nice quick hike. 2 hours taking your time. Well marked and easy to navigate.

Nice hike ... not difficult at all .. perfect if you’re looking for a short hike

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike! The view is super nice on top (and can be a bit crowded). I would recommend to take Paradise lane trail to get up there as you will encounter a "wall" of rock to get to the view point. It will be easier on your body to climb this wall rather than go down on it. Can be done within 2-3h.

hiking
2 months ago

a really nice hike with a nice variety of terrain and great views

hiking
2 months ago

Exciting and different I really enjoyed this trail. Avg difficulty. Some rock scrambles.

The falls really are beautiful. Went on a early Saturday morning while it was raining and there was only one other family there, which is not the norm but was welcoming. From past reviews this place gets packed to the point where parking is closed, so I highly recommend you go while its raining. I also went on November 3rd so i didnt have to pay the 20 dollar fee (for non residents only and definitely not worth it imo), after Oct 31 there is no fee. Trail can be hard to follow after the falls so have the offline maps downloaded and ready (service is spotty here). Lastly the town of Kent is a nice small hiker town that I highly recommend you visit, tons of small shops with a lot to see and very friendly people.

hiking
2 months ago

I’ve hiked up to Bear Mountain many times but I normally take an in and out (Undermountain trail to AT to Bear Mountain then back down). Today we did this loop- Undermountain trail to Pleasant Lane to AT and back to Undermountain. Undoubtedly the loop was more fun. Right before the Bear Mountain summit there’s some great rock scrambling. If you’re going to do the loop I recommend going counter clock wise (up Pleasant Lane and down Undermountain) to avoid having to transverse down the rock scramble. The rocks are pretty wet and slippery but they weren’t difficult to climb, I would just prefer to climb up them rather than down. We’ve also had a lot of rain lately so it was a pretty wet trek overall. Views are amazing and well worth the hike.

Hiked this trail many times since my teenage years and always enjoy the view from the top at 'Black Rock' esp this time of year.
Trail is moderate and can be challenging for anyone not used to steep climbs but def manageable just take your time, using a hiking pole/stick can be helpful. Total time to top from parking area inside park is 30 minutes or less.

hiking
2 months ago

Quiet trail. Would do again

I really enjoyed the hike, will definitely be back. Didn't find the caves but did make it to the cliffs.

hiking
2 months ago

Really fun hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Well marked and not very challenging. If you have bad knees, hike the loop counterclockwise (go up Paradise and come down Undermountain)...you’ll avoid a short, but challenging descent near the summit. Nice views at the top.

2 months ago

great view on the top.nice hike

hiking
2 months ago

I love this trail. I prefer to take the Paradise trial up since there is a steep rocky section and I find it easier climbing up the rocks if the trail is wet. Due to heavy rainfall many sections of the trial were wet and muddy.

hiking
3 months ago

Did this on Sunday, it was a gorgeous day! I brought my 11w old puppy with me and a friend. We started at about 1030 and ended around 3pm. Having the puppy made things a little slower but overall really enjoyed the hike! Tried to take the route preferred by commenters but I believe we ended up taking the opposite direction which means we were butt scooting down some of the rocks because it was so steep! Still a lot of fun though! Made me question how some of the other folks I saw pass us were making it up that way though.
It was pretty trafficked though.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike! Especially during fall in CT. My husband and I hiked yesterday. We took the advice of others here and took a right at the fork to paradise lane trail to do a counterclockwise loop. The trail is easy to follow and accurately rated as medium. The rock ledges before hitting the peak were the hardest part. The view at the top was lovely, and going counterclockwise allowed us to enjoy the views on the way down as well. I tracked 6.35 miles and we finished right around 3 hours including our lunch stop at the peak.

way too crowded

hiking
3 months ago

Don’t go on a weekend if you don’t like seeing other people on the trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Hi ya'll I did this hike yesterday. I think it is accurately labeled moderate, although I'd imagine if you are a seasoned hiker on trails with incline it might seem easier. The most challenging parts of the hike for me, were the first 20 minutes before it splits, and the half mile up the rock scramble before the summit. However, there was plenty of flatter sections to allow you to catch your breath.
I took the suggestion of doing the loop counterclockwise, and am glad I did. Personally I don't think I would have liked climbing down the rock slabs. They were pretty damp and slippery. Also, because I did it counterclockwise I was able to continue looking out on the view as I made my way down. This hike took me about 3 hours 40 minutes. I definitely took my time going up. Made a few breaks, but was able to come down at a pretty good slip. Enjoy!

Great hike

Great hike. Bummed we apparently missed the trail that breaks off for the bridge, but overall very good hike.

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