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Was less populated so I would suggest taking someone with you! Great trail, would hike again.

Beautiful place. I took a left on to a single track trail after a few hundred feet of gravel trail. It paralleled the highlighted rout above and let to the same tower lookout. Then continued on the m&m trail to Hartford rez no 6 for a swim!

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.

loved the views, liked the slight difficulty,cave was awesome, felt spirit of the leatherman

hiking
18 days ago

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

I agree with previous comments, not difficult at all. Summit view was beautiful.

backpacking
22 days ago

great little 1.5 mile hike up. views of the east and west at the top ! 270° viewing I would have to say as well, which is always worthy of a good hike

23 days ago

One of my all time favorite hikes!

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

Short, fun hike up the mountain to the very scenic Heublein Tower. Definitely go early to avoid crowds and leave some time to explore the Heublein Tower complex.

trail running
26 days ago

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

hiked it with my dog today awesome

hiking
1 month ago

Echoing everyone, especially Matthew’s review. I did all the trail and the loop. One of my new favorites! The trail, especially on the nature loop and carters, was only a foot wide, if that. It fits the natural contours and landscape. Beautiful!
The history made it unique.

Beautiful views, and great hike..

Beautiful place. First quarter of a mile gets your heart pumping. The rest is a lovely stroll through the woods. Views are wonderful.

hiking
1 month ago

Went on a 90 degree day humidity had to make it over 100 degree. Me and pearly got 3/4 of the way had to turn around. Way to hot out. Almost fainted and we’re both avid hikers. Long stretches of open field trail in the beginning, No shade. Had to coach the dog back it was that HOT. Great hike if a little cooler. Will attempt again IG: tess_pearly2dajammy

hiking
1 month ago

A good, challenging (at times) trail. A little confusing returning to the parking lot. Perhaps more signage would help. Don't forget the bug spray.

Nice short hike. Lots of greens and nice views from the top. Perfect for a family with a picnic (picnic tables at the top) or for a runner looking for some elevation.

on Bear Mountain Trail

1 month ago

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

Definitely an amazing hike. If you’re new to trails the first .25 miles is a bit much because it’s steep but it’s really beautiful. Seeing the hueblin tower at the end is a perfect edition to the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

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

on Meeker Trail

2 months ago

Absolutely beautiful

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.

hiking
2 months ago

Very unique place. After a brief walk from the trail head you reach the furnace area. You can either check it out immediately - which I did - or leave it for the end of the loop. There are signs explaining the history of the site and the iron mining operation that once existed there. The furnace is pretty impressive. After that I headed back up to the blue-blazed Donkey Trail and continued to follow it gradually uphill until I reached the yellow-blazed "nature trail" - a nice diversion with lots of beautiful mountain laurel in bloom. That eventually hooks back up with the blue trail and continues gradually uphill until you come to the first of the mine entrances, closed up. At that point you have the choice to either continue on the blue trail or take the unmarked trail that leads up into the hills - that's what I did. Eventually that too spits you back out onto the blue trail near the last of the bat cages. If you just continue around the blue loop you eventually start going downhill to Hodge Road and that leads you back to the Furnace. But if you are adventurous you can also add the 2-mile Carter Trail (red). It's worth it - a sea of ferns, lots more mountain laurel and some nice elevation rises. All told the route I took was 7.2 miles. If you like nice shady hikes with some history and natural beauty this is a good choice.

really beautiful hike that isn’t too difficult but still a good workout. you’re above the tree line for a lot of it and there’s a good bit of scrambling which is always fun. go down the mattatuck (probably misspelled that) trail after you reach the top to get to the caves

2 months ago

2 pretty views. Did the full Meeker trail (yellow) loop rather than the out and back trail on this app. 4 miles total. Decent hike but wouldn't do it again.

hiking
2 months ago

Views this time of years are a little bit obscured by the thick foliage but it was a good 2 hour, 2.5 mile workout. Close to home in Watertown - we really enjoyed it. On to the next trail on the list. Make the trip you’ll enjoy it

hiking
3 months ago

I have done this hike multiple times. If you want to do some light rock scrambling to the summit, bear to the right just after the trail marker for the campsite.

trail running
3 months ago

one of my favorite trail running loops. there's a small trail head up at the top of the drive way that makes the hike in a little more difficult but the views are better. there's a cliff side trail with good views and there are also some fire roads that run below the observation tower.
on nice weekend days expect heavy traffic.

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