Explore the most popular views 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.

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

on Bear Mountain Trail

25 days ago

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

hiking
29 days 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
1 month 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
1 month 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!

1 month 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
2 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.

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

hiking
2 months ago

I enjoy this trail a lot. A little steep if you're a little out of shape but still doable. First time I did this hike was in the 80's with Cub Scouts. I've done it many times since. Recently at least once every or every other year. It never gets old.

hiking
3 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.

Beautiful trail with a great view from the top.. it is a very small piece of the Appalachian trail so you may run into someone who has been walking for days! It’s very tempting to just keep going.

At first, the trail is easy, then there is a moderate ascent, and it is steep at the very end. Overall, not too hard, and there are great views at the overlook.

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.

Great views of the NWC, took us about 1.5 hours

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
7 months 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
7 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
8 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
8 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
8 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.

on Lion's Head Trail

hiking
8 months ago

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

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