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11 days ago

The lower half of the trail looks perfect for snowshoeing

Up hill most of the way. The view at the top is beautiful. Went up last in October right before sunset and the dragon flies were something to see. So many of them just beautifully interacting with each other with that view as a back drop stayed and just watched for over an hour.

on Bear Mountain Trail

15 days ago

Easy climb

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
20 days ago

love this place, been here dozen plus times, see deer every other time here

hiking
22 days ago

Wonderful hike with a challenging incline to a beautiful mountain view overlooking the park. I've hiked it twice now, and I can't get enough of it. I prefer the out and back to the decent off the opposite side of the peak, not because of the decent, but because the loop ends on a forest road which you head south on to complete the loop. If you'd like to see the hike, I posted it to my YouTube channel Camping with Cav.

Short but worth it!!

hiking
27 days ago

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

Nice little hike , well marked , variety of terrain , spend some time exploring around the caves . 5.2 miles round trip

hiking
1 month ago

The trail isn't marked well but even in a light snow cover we were able to figure it out. Watch out for a few icy patches on the trail that we had to work around if you'll be on the trail in the winter. The falls were gorgeous ... parts along the cascade edges were frozen but running full force!

And we met a young porcupine near the trailhead just after the parking area! It was a bit shy ...

hiking
1 month ago

Quick hike with challenging inclines. The view at the top is worth it!

hiking
2 months ago

Fun family hike. My so has been going on this trail since he was 5. It’s somewhat challenging but easy to push through.

Great hike, the “caves” were more like GIANT boulders and really fun to explore around. It was pretty wet in a lot of places so I would recommend water resistant hiking boots. Our dog loved it too!

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.

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.

on Lantern Hill Trail

hiking
2 months ago

3 steep inclines but the view at the top is worth it!

hiking
2 months ago

Really fun hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful area! There's an easier path with great sites to see and a rough path that takes you thru the woods. Each way brings you to the top which is breath taking.

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.

3 months ago

great view on the top.nice hike

hiking
3 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.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike with pack 73 Boy Scouts. Great place for kids to hike and awesome views at the vista.

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!

hiking
3 months ago

The trail was not well marked, but thankfully there was enough foot traffic that it was easy to follow your way to the falls (which are beautiful, but smaller than expected).

hiking
3 months ago

I’m not a seasoned hiker and this trail was really easy. It was a bit slippery today and I was lucky to make it before it got too busy. If you’re looking for a lighter traveled path, this one is not for you. Go early to avoid the crowds.

hiking
3 months ago

After you find the right trail, the journey is great and the destiny is beautiful. As long as you follow the trail and the markers and don’t get off track, it’s a great time and a good workout. Steep inclines, loose rocks, and a beautiful view from the top. Wife approved trail ✔️

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