Bear Mountain

Bear Mountain, Salisbury: Address, Bear Mountain Reviews: 4.5/5

Bear Mountain
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Chris S
Tolland,CT26 contributions
Bucket list item check
Sep 2020
Very well-marked trails. I went counter-clockwise so had to go up the steeps near the top. Which was better than going down them. The view from atop the rock pile at the top was great, had it not been there the views would be underwhelming. I left early to beat the crowds and seemed to be the right call as to when I got back to the lot cars were lined down the street. Rocky, rooty, and steep in some sections. It was also VERY dry almost no running water.
Written 20 September 2020
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Andres C
Newington, CT326 contributions
Highest Peak in Connecticut
Aug 2020 • Friends
I’ve had Bear Mountain on my “hiking to-do list” for quite some time. Knowing it was the highest peak IN Connecticut made it more exciting for me. There’s a mountain in Connecticut with a higher peak, but although you start the hike in Connecticut, the peak is actually in Massachusetts. So, Bear Mountain it was!

We got started early on a Saturday morning (August). We were there at about 8:30-8:45a. There’s a small parking lot with a blue oval sign. I got lucky enough to get a spot, but at that time there were limited spaces already.

The hike itself was great. The trails are well marked and easy to follow. We took the blue blazed trail to paradise trail and then jumped on the white blazed trail (left) at the AT crossing. The last 15 mins of the hike were challenging. It’s all mostly rocks and you’ll have to do some scaling on a few of them. My friend and I consider ourselves very fit and both agreed the last bit was challenging.

My only disappointment and the reason for 4/5 instead of 5/5 was due to the summit. It was a little underwhelming. There was a structure built of rocks where you climb up for the outlook. If you bring your kids or dogs, be careful. Some of the rocks are a little loose, especially on the edge.
Written 23 August 2020
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balaczar
New Milford, CT251 contributions
Great hike
Sep 2019
We left early Saturday morning and took Undermountain Trail to Paradise Lane Trail to Bear Mountain. We have hiked Undermountain to Bear Mountain previously so this was a great change of pace. There was a bit of rock scrambling the closer we got to the top. It's a very popular place to hike and on the weekends the rock pile at the top of Bear Mountain is usually full of people. The views are amazing. We left Bear Mountain and headed south on the Appalachian Trail to Lion's Head. Also an amazing view. We left Lions Head and continued on the Appalachian Trail to the parking area on Rt 41. Roughly 9 miles.
Written 1 October 2019
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Susie1028
San Diego, CA2,006 contributions
Highest Peak in Connecticut
Dec 2018 • Family
Bear Mountain (2,316 feet) is the highest peak in Connecticut (the highest ground is the south slope of Mount Frissel, whose peak is in MA). We hiked from Under Moutain Road parking area, and that trail connects with the Appalachian Trail, scrambles over some great rock sections, to the remains of the stone tower on the summit. We hiked in the winter, and there was snow on the trail. So be prepared for that (trekking poles, microspikes).
Written 11 January 2019
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Margie V
Stratford, Connecticut, United States26 contributions
The views are worth the hike!
Sep 2018
Awesome day hiking and so much to see. Take your time and soak it all in, you won't be disappointed.
Written 8 October 2018
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jblehner
New York, NY39 contributions
Meh
Sep 2018 • Family
I sort of hated this hike, but perhaps I am not a fan of hiking in general. I found it long and monotous and difficult and boring and the view at the end was just okay. But everyone is different, right?! This hike took our group over 3 1/2 hours at a fast clip and I am a fan of hikes shorter than that and then a great lunch. If you are in the area I woud much more highly recommend the Lion's Head Hike nearby-equally steep--maybe more so--but much shoter and a better view.
Written 2 September 2018
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Steven D
Connecticut8 contributions
Bear Mountain
Oct 2017
A very nice hike! Connecticut’s highest mountain peak! It will be especially nice very soon! As it is fall foliage time!
Written 2 October 2017
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PhillipABukowski
Nowhere207 contributions
Great hike. Outstanding views.
Aug 2015 • Couples
Hiked from the nice little parking lot off of 44 over lions head to bear mountain.

According to the free map which you can get at the trail head, this was a 12 mile round trip hike.

The views are outstanding. However the hike is steep in places and very nearly all uphill from the parking lot to bear mountain. Casual hikers could just stop at lions head. Otherwise make sure you bring extra water and perhaps food.

This hike took me 4.5-ish hours with stops.

Also, before you go, there are multiple websites with very good trail info worth looking at.
Written 16 August 2015
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Peter N
Quincy, MA54 contributions
High point on the Appalachian Trail
Jun 2015 • Family
Bear Mountain is actually one peak on a range that runs fifteen miles or so north/south from Salisbury, Ct to Egremont, MA. The trail follows the ridge-line which is roughly one thousand feet above the valley floor. Ascending from the valley on the side trail that starts at route 41 is strenuous, and the round trip will take the better part of the day. There is a road that parallels the Appalachian Trail. It starts behind the town hall in Salisbury and ascends to the ridgeline along a deep ravine. The road is dirt but driveable in summer months and connects with the town's historic past as a center for iron mining in the 18th century. One the old blast furnaces can be visited at the head of the ravine. A few more miles north on the road brings you to the Ct/MA state line where you can park and hike east to the summit of Bear or west to other peaks on the New York, Connecticut border, including a westerly view of the Hudson valley and the Catskills. The mountain road is paved as you enter Massachusetts, and from there you can access the Mt. Everett Reservation or Bash Bish Falls on the New York side. In the spring of 2015 the road down to the falls from the top of the ridge was closed for repairs. This area is a wonderful resource for the community. However, hikers have gotten hurt or lost, so it is a good idea to have an up to date trail map. And to understand the limits of your stamina.
Written 16 June 2015
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Ted S
Dagsboro, DE716 contributions
Highest peak in Connecticut on the Appalachian Trail
Sep 2014 • Couples
You have to know the secret for finding the trail head on a dirt road running across the ridge. About a 20 minute level walk after the unmarked parking lot meets with the Appalachian Trail where you turn left to join. After a while of climbing you begin to see the view including Twin Lakes CT. During the right time int he summer (July?) look for wild blueberries near the summit.
Written 5 September 2014
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