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hiking
18 hours ago

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

trail running
2 days ago

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

This was an enjoyable hike. Some of the views are breathtaking.
If I were to do it again, I will just do the red trail to the fire tower and back, as thats where the best views are. The yellow trail was long and did not offer much in terms of scenery.

I did this hike with a friend for the first time and really got an intense workout. Such beautiful views overlooking the reservoir. Some rocky and steep inclines and we ended up a bit lost until we used our handy dandy map offered with this app to guide us back. We hiked a good 3+ hours and felt invigorated.

I loved this hike! I'm an asthmatic and I forgot my inhaler, so I had to take frequent stops, but the view from the top was completely worth it. Absolutely breathtaking!

Beautiful views, and great hike..

Very interesting hike for sure. The trail meanders along the border on the way to Frissell. Crossing the summit of Round Mountain in Connecticut. This peak has a cairn and nice views of the next mountain you climb. The trail is quite rocky, similar to the Skyline Trail at Blue Hills if you’ve done it. It gains elevation quickly, but not for a long. Frissell has no views, but a short spur will take you to a summit registry box. Following the red blazes will take you back to Connecticut and over to the high point. This has a view, a cairn and registry box with a log and a cardboard “Connecticut” sign. The trail to the high point could use some maintenance, it has become quite overgrown in some places. Beyond this a steep downhill will take you to the Tri-State Marker. We stopped here instead of continuing to Brace Mountain due to poor trail marking and confusing splits just beyond the marker.

for the casual hiker it's a bit harder but worth the workout.

Beautiful scenery, worth the climb to stand on top of Race Mountain to be treated to a breathtaking panoramic view. Very buggy. Met friendly hikers. Hiking poles a big help.

hiking
11 days ago

Good hike that’s accessible from NYC by train. I’m a decently fit 20-something and found the hike up to be challenging. Nice views but very busy - you won’t be the only one on this hike during the summer. We only went to the fire tower, and we were briefly turned around when trail markers disappeared. Pay attention to the path, and make sure you hook back in to the red trail on the way back from the tower! If all else fails, there is service and the trail is marked on Maps.

What an awesome hike. My wife and I did Mt. Greylock the day before and while that was nice, this was so much more enjoyable. The elevation gain is rather small meaning this hike is pretty much moderate at best, with a few hard sections. I great beginner's "intermediate" hike, if that makes any sense.

While there are much bigger more impressive mountains in the Northeast, this has become one of my favorites, even out of the big ones like Whiteface, Mansfield, Washington, Franconia's Loop, and others. This has such nice views and such enjoyable hiking that it is impossible not to like it. We could have banged out the trek in under 3 hours but decided to take a while at the final summit to enjoy the Sunday morning views. Also, there is a really cool log book on the high point marker that you can sign in. Reading about highpointers from all across the U.S. was such a special and meaningful reward. So inspiring, even though I'm only on #4.

A few tips:
There are no trail head signs. On the right side of the road relative to how you drove in, you will find a little parking area with a tree with a red blaze on it. That's the trail. No trailhead logbook, no map, nothing. The trail is very well marked for the first several miles so have no worries about that.

The only tricky part (for us) is that after about 30 minutes in, you will go up a few rock face scrambles. After the last one, you will come to a T in the trail that has no signage. Stay right. You'll know you are on the right trail if you hit the summit of Round Mountain a few minutes later. It has a large cairn marking its peak.

Out of the 5.4 miles listed, almost a mile is walked back on the road which is obviously easy, and another 3/4 is an old double track road-> trail type deal, so the hike is relatively very very easy. Enjoy and happy trails!

hiking
16 days ago

Beautiful views. Really good exercise. Well traveled. Good times!!

Beautiful area and really nice trail. If you walk off the path a bit you can find some great and safe cliff jumping areas, very beautiful views too!

hiking
18 days ago

Went up Brace on July 4th to catch the sunset and fireworks. Saw a quail and a timber rattlesnake on the way up while I sweated out several pounds!! Trail markers definitely improved since my first trip up...followed yellow blazes from quarry Rd to the white blazed taconic trail. Highly recommend this hike!!

Beautiful trail! I followed it to the falls, the summit, and the continued down the AT to a pond, where I was completely alone to enjoy the water.

hiking
21 days ago

As a beginner at hiking I found some parts a little challenging then others. The trail was very beautiful with nice view of water. Only thing is I wish it was marked a little more clearly. Will be definitely be going back again. Also not far from black hog brewing co... if your into good craft beer.

This was my first Solo hike and first hike I have done in about 8 years, it was easy enough for me. The trail was clean and clearly marked. The markers were clear and easy to read as long as you knew what you were looking for (make sure to Google how trail markers work if you are new). The terrain was mostly easy, there were a few parts that you had to climb up or down some rocks but nothing strenuous. it is a bit rocky in some spots but I was fine in a pair of all terrain shoes.

Difficult but worth it once completed!

on Bear Mountain Trail

1 month ago

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

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.

Moderate hike with a nice payoff!! Beautiful eastern view... would be perfect for a sunrise hike. Trailhead parking lot can be easy to miss if you're heading north on route 41..lot is right where Appalachian trail crosses over route 41

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful, but certain parts of the trail aren’t very well marked. Be prepared to stare at your phone/map and compass with some regularity.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked in early November 2017. Excellent trail, but definitely difficult. Trail has many locations that are poorly-marked, so using a GPS map is essential. The first 2/3 mile has a section that is a near-vertical climb up a cliff.

I think you have the wrong trail in the map. Millington trail is the red blazes. I know this, because I passed the green trail twice like the devil’s hopyard map says. I think it might be the green trail or blue. The trail listed which is green is the woodcutters trail and the blue it’s just blue. It’s easy to see when you look at the devil’s hopyard map they provide. Great trail I just wanted to bring attention to this and make it so others weren’t as confused as I was. It says that it is connected to the orange trail, but it goes out to the left of the map out of any crossing. Or maybe it’s labeled wrong as the upper loop of the orange trail where you go down a bit to the end of the second loop go back up and skip devil’s oven. Just fallow the red blazes after the waterfall.

Great place to hike. Been a few years ago. I wanted to go back this summer but unfortunately it’s closed due to storm damage

Easy trail until you hike up to devils oven. Which has a big incline. Brought a dog and the dog could keep up.

This was a good hike - strenuous for us. The climb starts almost immediately after the trail split, about a 1/4 mile in. Markers on tree per light blue. Lots of rocky ground and ground with exposed roots. Part of trail to lower falls is through a creek bed with lots of large rocks. Trail might be muddy after a rain. We did not go beyond upper falls after visiting lower falls. Total trip for us was 3 miles in about 2 hours.

Second time going here. Absolutely my favorite. It's a work out climbing up the steep inclines. We
saw tons of red spotted purple butterflies and some turkey! my Wife almost stepped on a garden snake. lol

hiking
1 month 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.

I’m a novice hiker and Mt. Beacon was my first hike ever... since trying it a few years ago I’ve been on other hikes and I never considered Mt. Beacon to be hard. It’s a moderate hike up the rocks but you don’t need to use all 4 like in a more challenging hikes.

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