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blue Bear Mountain

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5.4 mile 8.7 kilometer out and back
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,549' 472 m
Descent: -1,548' -472 m
High: 2,313' 705 m
Low: 768' 234 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 38% (21°)

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A rigorous climb to highest peak in Connecticut—Bear Mountain!

Dave Gomula

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife · Commonly Backpacked

Family Friendly The trail and distance is fairly easy so the entire family can enjoy, and there is a flattened pyramid on top to climb! Recommended for older children who are comfortable with a couple hours of hiking

Overview

This is a popular hike with equal parts strenuous climbs and spectacular views.

Description

This is a very heavily trafficked trail that leads to summit of Bear Mountain, the highest peak in CT... yet not the highest spot in the state. The southern slope of Mt Frissel (a peak in MA) is slightly higher and holds that distinction.

Traveling south on Route 41, there is parking about 1.5 miles on your right. The trailhead is clearly marked. From the trailhead, hop on the Under Mountain Trail and follow it as it ascends, crossing a few streams in the process.

You'll pass Paradise Lane campground and trailhead which make a loop possible.

Take a right once you reach AT. Scramble over the rocks and enjoy the many views, and soon you'll have reached a large flattened pyramid that marks the summit. Climb up and enjoy the view!

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May 23, 2018
Daniel Todd
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