Explore the most popular forest trails near Salisbury with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
19 hours ago

Great hike! Especially during fall in CT. My husband and I hiked yesterday. We took the advice of others here and took a right at the fork to paradise lane trail to do a counterclockwise loop. The trail is easy to follow and accurately rated as medium. The rock ledges before hitting the peak were the hardest part. The view at the top was lovely, and going counterclockwise allowed us to enjoy the views on the way down as well. I tracked 6.35 miles and we finished right around 3 hours including our lunch stop at the peak.

hiking
4 days ago

Hi ya'll I did this hike yesterday. I think it is accurately labeled moderate, although I'd imagine if you are a seasoned hiker on trails with incline it might seem easier. The most challenging parts of the hike for me, were the first 20 minutes before it splits, and the half mile up the rock scramble before the summit. However, there was plenty of flatter sections to allow you to catch your breath.
I took the suggestion of doing the loop counterclockwise, and am glad I did. Personally I don't think I would have liked climbing down the rock slabs. They were pretty damp and slippery. Also, because I did it counterclockwise I was able to continue looking out on the view as I made my way down. This hike took me about 3 hours 40 minutes. I definitely took my time going up. Made a few breaks, but was able to come down at a pretty good slip. Enjoy!

Such a beautiful hike. It was the first big hike I've done this year, it had just enough challenge but still for all skill levels. My dog also loved it.

I’m not a seasoned hiker and this trail was really easy. It was a bit slippery today and I was lucky to make it before it got too busy. If you’re looking for a lighter traveled path, this one is not for you. Go early to avoid the crowds.

This is the tallest peak in CT, so it should be noted that it is a fairly steep and steady climb the first 2 miles, up up up! it relaxes a bit after that until the last mile, we went left (instead of doing the paradise lane trail) to the summit and clocked it at 7 miles total. Not sure how this site is saying 6, because the paradise lane trail looks longer. The view is stunning and worth it.

hiking
1 month ago

I’m an avid hiker so this hike was a piece of cake. I followed this route exactly and it was all very clearly marked. Beautiful views from the top!

hiking
1 month ago

Trail turned out to be more challenging than we expected but overall and so far our best hike of the year! On the way back we haven’t met almost no one so it was freaky to feel alone in the woods but we made out alive , well and before the dusk. I wouldn’t recommend bringing small kids, inexperienced pets and elderly, elevation more that 1600 ft and for the most part you just keep going up like on stepmaster. Bring lots of water and be wise with time, you ‘ll be fine

hiking
1 month ago

some good challenging uphills, and the view from the top of bear mountain is stunning.

highest point in connecticut! pretty steep near the summit (lots of fun scramble-y boulders to climb), but the views were totally worth it. really beautiful mountain vegetation along the summit area, and all downhill from there. :) we stopped for lunch about 3 miles in; took about 6 hours including a few stops and some lounging/snacking at the top.

made it with two kids -6 and 8 years old, amazing views

Beautiful, well-kempt trail. Slight inclines to keep things interesting. Great vistas. Awesome foliage.

nature trips
1 month ago

Absolutely great hiking. Nice and easy trail in the beginning and middle then become challenging near the summit if you go from east side of mountain. Definitely great view on the top.

This was my first time doing this hike and I was not disappointed. It's a beautiful hike after the first two miles with 3 lovely viewpoints.

A few points to note:

- I highly recommend doing this hike counterclockwise bearing to the right on the Paradise Lane Trail and following up to the summit. be warned, the rock scramble is extremely long and very steep and, in my opinion, should be conquered going up rather than going down. The rocks were very wet after all the rain we've had and I can't imagine ever going down that scramble without being terrified. And I'd never do it with little kids. However, I found it exciting and exhilarating trying to figure out how to manuver it. What a rush when we made it to the top!

- There was a section where we had to cross a river that was slightly rapid after all the rain. I found it rather exciting but it could be tricky if you're not prepared for something like that.

- Wear hiking boots! Mud and large puddles were everywhere!

I'd definitely do this hike again, repeating the counter clockwise trek. We clocked it at 6.6 miles.

Great hike with my daughter. Excellent views and lots of nature. On our way down, 100 meters off the trail we saw a large man like animal eating berries from a Bush. It wasn't until later that we realized we had seen big foot. Great hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Turned right towards Paradise lane, came up the back, a little longer and harder, first time out hope to return soon.

hiking
2 months ago

Fun hike that definitely gets your heart rate going. Worth the view at the top. Takes about 45 minutes But a good quick hike

hiking
2 months 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

this trail is a favorite for my kids (6 and 9). wide trail means it was easy for them to strap on the headlamps to get to the summit for sunrise. highly recommend

trail running
2 months ago

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

Everything i hoped for. Great views and nice people along the way.

on Bear Mountain Trail

3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

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

Great hike and had perfect weather ta boot!! I added just under 4 miles round trip onto the hike by starting at the AT parking lot off of route 41. If you are looking to camp out there are numerous camping spots along the route. Bear mountain is a great lunch spot...view from Lion's Head is gorgeous as well

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
4 months 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.

hiking
4 months ago

Since I was already in Salisbury checking out the section of the AT that includes Rand's View, I decided to add a trip to Lion's Head, parking in the lot on Bunker Hill Road. After crossing through a couple of meadows and briefly across private property, the trail gets pretty steep and stays that way almost all the way up. After a mile and a half or so you join up with the white blazes of the Appalachian Trail, then just keep rising. When you get closer to Lion's Head, you can either scramble up the rocks to the top (white) or take the easier blue trail around to the left and then backtrack slightly on the AT to get to the money spot. I didn't go as far as the map here indicates. The trail looked to be heading downhill shortly after Lion's Head. Pretty strenuous hike to a nice payoff.

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!

4 months ago

I did an out and back to the lion’s head summit only, which is perfect if you’re looking for a short hike but still decent exercise and amazing view. It was mostly uphill with a short steep rocky trek to the summit right before lions head. It took us about 25 mins to get to lions head from the trail head. Getting down wasn’t bad at all.

hiking
5 months 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.

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