Activities: Hiking

hiking
4 days ago

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

hiking
11 days 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.

Awesome trail. But beware, hard means hard! Not for the newbie. Hiked it when it was raining and definitely wouldn’t have wanted to be in that situation without climbing and scrambling skills. Can get very dangerous, very quick. Especially the back side of Bear Mt. And the ascent to Mt Everett is no joke! But what a great experience! Will be doing it again soon.

This section of the AT is difficult, that’s for sure. Sometimes the gradual climbs seem to go on forever. But once you reach the top(s) you’re rewarded with the most spectacular views. The northbound scramble down from Bear Mountain is also challenging. I’d definitely recommend hiking poles.

There are plenty of active water sources (at least in springtime) and the trails are nicely marked with ample signage. The campsites are nicely maintained, but prepare to share the shelters with other hikers. For me this proved to be an awesome opportunity to swap stories with experienced AT thru-hikers.

All-in-all a fantastically rewarding hike!

hiking
1 month 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.

enjoyed this trail very much. steady climb on the blue to the AT, then gentle rise to the summit.

hiking
2 months ago

Great loop. Nice trails and view at the top. Went south-north in early April and the north side from the summit down to Sage's Ravine/Paradise Lane is basically just a sheet of ice-- definitely wouldn't go without crampons and maybe some trekking poles for balance. Looks like it'll get worse with melting/refreezing until it finally warms up. Also keep an eye out on Paradise Lane-- the blazes are pretty far apart and there's a section of the trail where fallen tree limbs/overgrowth have pretty much completely obscured the trail. Took about 3 hours total.

Great medium effort hike. Nice views. I would not recommend going down the north side without crampons until end of winter. It is an ice fall now.

Great trail, well marked. My wife and I are from the Jersey Shore and the thinner air did take a small toll on us. Beautiful sights and great hike after driving 3 hours to get there. Should have stretched a little more.

hiking
5 months ago

We did this on December 28, 2016 in lots of snow and with a high of 7 degrees! It was an awesome loop, definitely felt sub zero on the summit with the winds.

hiking
6 months ago

This was a solid hike that had a little bit of everything. The first 1/4 of the hike was challenging and really got you going. From that point, it was a beautiful and gradual ascent to the summit with a spectacular view. Don’t take this one lightly as it is time consuming and somewhat strenuous at points. Definitely worth a solid half day of your time!

Tough trail in spots - especially the climb up Mt Everett from the south. Beautiful scenery that is always changing during the hike. Sages ravine was especially beautiful.

on Bear Mountain Trail

hiking
7 months ago

very nice hike with pretty views. some rather steep sections and a decent amount of ice on some of the rocks making it more challenging. lots of other hikes that can also be done there. love the conifer trees near the summit

Beautiful trail, well marked some difficult rocky areas

hiking
7 months ago

We only did part of the loop (time restriction). It was very steep to start, but the last .75 mile or so the grade decreased (still decidedly up though). The last section was very rocky. The views were nice from the top too.

hiking
8 months ago

A very nice moderate difficulty trail. I did the undermountain trail up to the Bear Mountain summit and back the way I came due to time constraints. Lots of rocks so I do not recommend it for a trail run or biking.
I would only bring adventurous kids 10/12 and up. Also highly recommended for chipmunk enthusiasts. 10/10 chipmunks.

Challenging on the way down but beautiful.

hiking
8 months ago

This hike would have been better going clockwise. Going up the steep section would have been a fun ascent versus a sketchy down climb.

hiking
9 months ago

We took our 3 month to the summit and did the 6 mile loop. Went during the week and only ran in to one other person. Great hike!

hiking
9 months ago

Bear Mountain was our last piece of the A.T. in CT. hubby was nursing a foot injury so we went North-South, summitting Bear Mtn. early and had a great hike with lots of great views.

hiking
9 months ago

Very pleasant and enjoyable hike. Personally I highly recommend taking the Paradise Lane trail North and approaching Bear Mountain from the north side on the back end of the loop. There is an excellent rock scramble at this point which leads to a monument and a nice panoramic view to the east. Recommend hiking early almost nobody at the top.

very good hiking trail. north side is much teepee and the south side is more of an easy way down...south side does take longer though.

very good hiking trail. north side is much teepee and the south side is more of an easy way down...south side does take longer though.

hiking
9 months ago

Loved this loop today! Parking lot was easy to find for the Undermountain Trail. Took the Undermountain to the AT and headed north to summit. Great trail maintenance made for an easy ascent. The AT north down was steep and rocky, but not too difficult. Took the Paradise Lane Trail back to Undermountain and back to parking lot. Clocked just under 7 miles in three hours. Fantastic moderate hike with lots of interesting trail. Views at the summit were good.

A very senic, challenging and rewarding seciton of the trail. While the elevations do not appear to be very intimidating, the grades involved make this very challenging. Do not underestimate this section of the trail.

very well maintained, a lot of good camp sites, plenty of water for filtering.

hiking
9 months ago

Fun moderate hike, perfect for a Sunday afternoon.

great camp sites along the way

hiking
10 months ago

Awesome trails... It can kick your but if you're not ready. Loved every minute of it!

Difficult but fun

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