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Beautiful!

Easy 3/4 mile stroll up to the falls. Nice falls but overrun with jackasses not heeding the no swimming or diving signs. Loud and full of humanity on a warm weekend. Nice to see it but I don't think I'll be coming back. Not as spectacular as, say, Kent Falls, and just too many people. Parking is also a mess.

Great hike with my daughter. Excellent views and lots of nature. On our way down, 100 meters off the trail we saw a large man like animal eating berries from a Bush. It wasn't until later that we realized we had seen big foot. Great hike.

13 days ago

Million dollar view for such a local kid friendly hike. I also saw a fisher king here once.

Nice steady hike up. Few mushy parts towards the top. Didn't see many other people on the trail, nice quiet hike.

hiking
20 days ago

Turned right towards Paradise lane, came up the back, a little longer and harder, first time out hope to return soon.

Did this going from lions head to bear mountain in December. Light snow, a bit icy and windy but definitely worth the view for a CT hike. My dog and I were able to take our time and enjoy the view. Took about 5 hours all around including stops

hiking
28 days ago

Great trail but a step above moderate.

trail running
28 days ago

Trail was in great shape. Beautiful views from the top.

Fun day and the pond is beautiful. That said, the trail map is poor. We stayed on the AT past the intersection with the Finnerty trail near the pond, and then thought we could go all the way around the pond counterclockwise and back along the eastern edge of the pond, but you can’t do that. Although it looks on the trail map like the Finnerty Trail runs along the edge of the pond and links up with the AT on both sides, it doesn’t. There are dead ends in between and it’s pretty much impassable. There is a way to go around the pond counterclockwise (which we eventually did) but you have to swing wide of the pond to the east.

Also, the trail map makes it look like you can return almost to the parking lot on the Finnerty Trail but you can’t. Finnerty Trail dead ends at Becket Road, and then we had to walk up the pond road, which is steep, to return to the AT. So the bottom line is, this is a nice area to hike, lightly trafficked, and the pond is really nice, but stay on the AT, don’t mess with the Finnerty Trail relying on the All Trails map.

This short walk along a stream on a hot day when many people were cooling off walking around in the water was really nice! No swimming by the actual falls (strictly enforced). Super crowded with families and lots of people and dogs.

Overall moderate hike. Few steep sections on the Bellows Pipe Trail nearing the summit. Nice opening at 'The Bend' for views & rest. If you're looking for more of a steep challenge, take Thunderbolt Ski Trail up.

The summit is well-developed. You can drive it, so expect many groups & tourists. The great Memorial Monument at the summit is open daily & is a must-climb for great 360 views long distance. Very nice day trip.

There is a brewery in North Adams when you finish. Enjoy!

Difficult to find where trail begins- parking area is about .2 miles from trail head. If you park in the Appalachian trail/Jacob's ladder lot, there's a .2 mile connection trail, marked in blue, across the road. It intersects the trail in the woods, hang a left. Otherwise you could walk on the actual road for nearly a quarter mile and catch the trail from there- which is why the Alltrails GPS directions will seem slightly off.

Hike is pretty much all uphill for the first half, but is very well covered. You'll also cross another main road on the way. Took us about 1.2 hours to get to the lake- definitely a moderate difficulty. Beautiful view once you're there. Looked like the muddy beginning portion of the hike had been fixed with raised planking. Nearly exactly 3 miles from parking lot to lake. Well marked, took 2 adults about 3 hours to complete out and back at a moderate pace.

I did this trail this past Sunday with a friend of mine. This trail did not have a lot of traffic on it. We saw about 4 groups on the trail the whole way to the summit and back. Probably because it is not an easy trail to maneuver, definitely more for an experienced hiker. That being said it was a great adventure and well worth the hike to the summit. My only feed back is the trail is poorly marked so if you plan to follow the trail up and back like we did, bring some ribbon or something to help you mark the trail you follow.

Great for a family? Two parking sites one further away then the other. Our 7 and 9 yearold loved the hike and the falls. Room to go out on rocks which were safe for most, with the exception of very young kids or those with mobility difficulty. Well worth the trip.

Love this trail. Hiked it on April 9th and there was still snow at the top of the trail making it even more challenging. Lots of icing in late afternoon, when snow melt starts to refreeze, so be careful. Great time... burned over 1200 calories.

Beautiful hike but very crowded.

I proposed to my wife here right after a snow storm in November. Beautiful spot any time of the year!

Perfect for a hot day!

Easy walk to a great waterfall

wow. be prepared for a tough one. starts off from bellows pipe with a nice steady climb, then thunder bolt is straight up. good views over your shoulder on the way up to the AT and finally the summit. Did Gould trail on the way down as a nice gentle walk in the woods.

on Bear Mountain Trail

1 month ago

tough for an amateur like me
but I DID IT!!!!

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing little hike. We parked at the Bish bash pull off and not at the state park so the hike was shorter. There are some small hills and the terrain is a little rocky at times. When you make it to the top and see the falls you will be in awe. You can take stairs down into the falls and climb the rocks to get some good picture or even cool of quick. No swimming signs are posted everywhere but a ton of people were in the water waist deep. Stairs are very step and uneven so be careful. Our 4.5lb Chihuahua went with us with zero issues. He loved being able to go into the water at the beginning/end of the trail. We camp in the area and this will definitely be a spot we visit often.

hiking
2 months ago

One of the best hikes I've done. Very difficult at some points but it's balanced with easy spots. Great view.

hiking
2 months ago

We did this in January so it was full of snow and ice. We did it in regular boots but crampons would have made the hike much easier. The falls were completely frozen but made for a beautiful view

Lovely falls.

Holy crap, Thunderbolt Trail kicked my butt. The lower sections are sort of steep but the upper 1/3 is intensely steep. I suggest bringing hiking poles, coming down is really bad on your knees with no poles (I had no poles and my knees are very sore). Today was a 10/10 hiking day 70-75F with a nice breeze. It was in the high 60’s on the top.

hiking
2 months ago

Tons of trials, easy to moderate. Great for family.... watch out for bikes and runners. Most trails are well groomed, picnic tables and scenic overlook at Lenox trailhead.

hiking
2 months ago

I tried Bear Mountain Trail as an introduction to hiking in CT. I am only moderately fit and only had tennis shoes to wear. The people were so friendly, and both of my 15-20 LB dogs were able to complete the trek. The views were spectacular and there were plenty of logical spots to stop and rest/refuel as needed. We also had cell reception for the bulk of the hike. Parking was the only challenge and you have to take a dirt road to get to where we parked.

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