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Very well-marked trails. I went counter-clockwise so had to go up the steeps near the top. Which... read more

Reviewed 21 September 2020
Chris S
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Tolland,CT
Highest Peak in Connecticut

I’ve had Bear Mountain on my “hiking to-do list” for quite some time. Knowing it was the highest... read more

Reviewed 23 August 2020
Andres C
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Newington, Connecticut
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Reviewed 12 January 2019

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).

Date of experience: December 2018
2  Thank Susie1028
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Reviewed 9 October 2018

Awesome day hiking and so much to see. Take your time and soak it all in, you won't be disappointed.

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank Margie V
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Reviewed 2 September 2018

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.

Date of experience: September 2018
3  Thank jblehner
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Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

A very nice hike! Connecticut’s highest mountain peak! It will be especially nice very soon! As it is fall foliage time!

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank stevendD1536ZU
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Reviewed 16 August 2015 via mobile

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.

Date of experience: August 2015
5  Thank PhillipABukowski
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