Bear Mountain via Red, White, and Yellow Trails Loop

MODERATE 30 reviews

Bear Mountain via Red, White, and Yellow Trails Loop is a 2.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Danbury, Connecticut that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
344 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

blowdown

bugs

Beautiful park for an afternoon walk. Trail loops through meadows and forests. Some trails offer views of Candlewood Lake.

hiking
24 days ago

Nice loop up some mountains, through scenic meadows and down to Candlewood Lake but no real views apart from the lake, which you can reach via the orange trail. I took red to white to yellow to violet, then back to red, down to orange, and back to the parking area on red. There were tons of downed trees, which made this a lot trickier than it needed to be. Someone desperately needs to get out there with a chainsaw. Nice variety of stuff to see, but it's not fun scaling blowdown every 30 yards.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful woods and meadows. Great view of the lake. I took the red and orange trails. Navigating the trails was a little hard given that there had been a lot of trees down due to a major storm that had blown through, but otherwise a peaceful, pretty trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Super fun! We went 3 weeks after the macroburst/‘nado’s hit the area and the destructive wrath was evident. The red trail required some over/under toppled trees and we lost the trail for minutes at a time, but it made it that much more fun!

Ps Bring bug spray

3 months ago

Relaxing, easy hikes. Great way to start the morning.

hiking
3 months ago

It's a nice hike that's broken up into several smaller trails. All the trails are somewhat small so it's good for kiddos. The trail to the lake may be a little steep with rock jumping, but the lake itself is serene. Unfortunately, there was a bit of trash left over from previous hikers.

An important thing to note - I'm writing this in May of 2018. A recent storm created quite a bit of tree damage. There were downed trees everywhere, often times blocking the trails. You may have to crawl over or under them the trees. Some of the fallen trees even have trail blazes on it so it's easy to lose the trail.

Finally, the trail map on this site doesn't reflect the actual trail map. While the shape is the same, it's composed of lots of smaller trails of varying colors. Make sure to bring your phone and take a picture of the trail map posted in the parking lot. If worse comes to worse, stick to the red trail. It will take you in and take you out. Enjoy!

hiking
Sunday, July 02, 2017

Trails can be confusing. Views blocked in summer but did take orange down to water to get closeup view of lake Decent

hiking
Sunday, May 21, 2017

Beautiful land and varied terrain make this land a great place to hike.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Really enjoyed the whole trail-well marked, challenging but many areas that were relaxing and easy!
There were a few areas of ice- but nothing insurmountable.

hiking
Friday, September 30, 2016

Nice loop with partial view of Candlewood Lake in Bear Mountain Reservation. Perfect for an afternoon stroll. Meadow has nice flowers and birding nests. Park has various trails from easy to moderate.

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