Bear Den Geological Park & Trail

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Bears Den Natural Area

Bear Den Geological Park & Trail is a 1.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Gilsum, New Hampshire that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length1.1 miElevation gain229 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashkid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingForestViewsWildflowers
Waypoints (1)
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43.0273619, -72.259816
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Elsa Worth
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Hiking

This is an interesting trail that goes among high rock ledges and ends at a hill covered with large boulders and some caves. It was snowy and icy today, so i had not interest in going up the last hill, but the short trip up there was a nice hike. Once you get over the first rise, you can no longer hear Rte 10 and it is serene and beautiful. I will look forward to coming back when the forest is green. Starting out from the parking area, the wooded trail heads up a hill to your left, marked by orange circles. A seemingly more traveled, but unmarked route on what must be an old logging road under the ice is straight ahead and meets the orange marked trail further up. It is easy to follow, but there is a lot of pooled and frozen water this way. The woodland route is nicer.

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Sarah Vogel
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Beautiful but icy!! Want to come back when there is good snow cover!!

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Kimberly Revia
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Taylor Rubino
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Josh Warner
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Rusty Keene
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Very buggy, always worth it. Easy trail to the cave portion of the hike. The trail splits down to the caves or up to the top. You can also hike directly up the face of the rocks to get to the top. This hike can get to a difficult level of 10 if desired, or if you stay in the trail quite easy. The top has a “Birds Beak” rock that provides great views. *** Find the hidden cave For the more athletic and adventurous hikers. A hidden cave exsistis on the mountain. Half way up the face and half way over. Small 6 foot opening. In the summer months you will feel the cool air.

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Abby Gerrish
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HikingMuddy

Such a great little hidden gem! I loved all of the mossy rocks along the trail and the trail itself is well marked with orange dots. Muddy in some places but not too bad.

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Jack Ebbighausen
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one of my all time favorite spots. follow the orange dots super carefully and they will bring you to the top. looks like some people got lost, but you cant blame the trial

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gary davidson
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HikingBugsRockyScramble

My dog, Traildog Sparta, and I went up the old road and then followed the orange marks to the caves. After that we followed a steep, unmarked trail to the top of the profile. There is a nice view from there. Well worth the effort.

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Jessjoy Karcz
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HikingBugs

Super easy stroll with neat rocks. Once you get to rock face markers cease to exist. I was with my dog on a leash and didn’t want to chance the rock scrambles with no trail markers so we didn’t get to the top. Bring strong bug spray!!!!!

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Jo Corvus
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Hiking

Great spot to boulder, top rope, hike, bike, explore, play, and hammock

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Seth Reece
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Clayton Radison
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Walking

Was a fun little stroll.

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Aaron Cooper
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Hiking

Nice little hike. As the other reviews stated the 2nd half is not well marked. Plenty of parking. When you see the rock face go slightly left and you will find a trail up. Took me about 45 minutes up, and 30 back.

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Kassie Sweeney
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However we ended up doing some serious dangerous rock climbing due to very poor markers. We ended up going off trail. Very beautiful view at the top

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Hope Butler
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Hiking

really fun hike. Easy walk to the rock face, lots of rocks to climb on and under. There is a trail at either end of the rock face to get up on top. Nice views from up there.

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John Silk
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Hiking

Really cool rock formations, Glacial Potholes, Boulder piles with numerous caves , shear rock face and nice views from top! My friend and I spent hours exploring this place and had a great time!

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Melissa Cortese
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Short hike, pretty neat rock formations you can climb up to, easy to drive past since it's right on a turn near the top of the hill. It's a quick way to kill some time

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Amber Renaud
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Kandi Davis
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karen knox
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Jennifer Simpson
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Barry Kilburn
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Nicholas Leone III
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Ilya Kashtelyan
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