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hiking
1 month ago

Decided to take Lions Head to Bear Mountain Summit.

From the start of the trailhead to the top of Lions Head it took us 39 minutes / 1.11 miles. It should not be rated as hard, it is rather steep but took very little time to get to the top. The blue blazes do start to go away as you join the AT. You will get to an area that looks like a camp site and you want to follow the white blazes to the top of Lions Head which will put you at 1738 feet overlooking greater salisbury.

We continued to follow the AT after Lion Heads summit which was really just a nice casual walk in the woods with not much rocky terrain at all. The path zig zags a little bit and doesn't feel like you are actually climbing to the top of Bear Mountain. You will pass three campsites enroute to the summit of Bear - Riga, Ball Brook, and Brassie Brook. You will also then see a sign for where the undermountain trail connects to the AT. After that sign you will run into seeing bear mountain road on the left, and a sign that says trail on the right. Take that right to continue to follow the AT.

What follows is a rocky trek up to the top, you will run into one false summit but continue going to the top of bear until you see the big pile of rocks at the top. It took us from lions head summit to bear mountain summit right around 1 hour and 50 minutes / 3.42 miles. My garmin 920XT stated we were at 2,368 feet. We were hiking at a moderate pace, nothing too intense.

On the way back it took us 1 hour and 55 minutes to get from the top of Bear to the Lions Head trailhead where we started. We moved at a relatively swift pace.

Overall an excellent hike which took us a total of 5 hours and 8.8 miles. Would recommend to anyone of any skill level. Reference the Lions Head Trail Map I posted to the photos.

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
2 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

hiking
2 months ago

This is a nice little out and back trail with two scenic view spots. I would describe as easy to moderate with a couple of steep spots.

Short hike with a bit of a rock scramble. Lots of fun and gorgeous view!

Beautiful trail, well marked some difficult rocky areas

hiking
2 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
2 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.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice quick trail, good for a couple of hours outside with a killer view. Pretty steady incline for about half the walk.

Challenging on the way down but beautiful.

hiking
3 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
3 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
3 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.

on Lion's Head Trail

hiking
4 months ago

very nice relatively easy hike. some steep sections, very peaceful and nice views from on top Lions head.

hiking
4 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
4 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.

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