Bear Mountain

Unspecified • 6 mi • 1560 ft

From the parking area, pale-blue-blazed Undermountain Trail immediately passes a kiosk on the right with a posted map; trail maps are sometimes available here. The trail heads west and begins a gentle climb into a forest of red and white oaks, ash, and hickory, all shading clumps of witch hazel, mountain laurel, wild azalea, and striped maple. Evergreen Christmas fern shares the forest floor with mats of partridgeberry, sprigs of wintergreen, and isolated specimens of wild sarsaparilla and rose twisted stalk, a plant that favors the cool climates of mountain slopes from southern Canada south along the spine of the Appalachians. The foot-tall herbaceous stems grow in a pronounced zigzag pattern, with each zig and zag accented by a solitary deep-green leaf. From late spring through early summer, small deep-pink, bell-shaped pendant flowers appear along the stems.
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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Mount Frissell
Length: 6 total miles
Elevation Gain: 1,560 feet
Trail Type: Unspecified
Skill Level: Strenuous
Duration: 3.5–4.5 hours
Other Uses: Dogs OK
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Recent Trail Reviews

6/30/2011

What a lovely hike! We did the loop clockwise as the guide suggested, so it was a smooth, easy hike to the top with a small challenging section on the way down. This is definitely not a "difficult" trail. I can see why it's so popular, you get some nice views up top and there are many pleasant streams, flowers, and stands of trees along the way. Even so, on a Thursday morning in June, we only saw a few other people. Would definitely recommend this for beginners, people who feel like they are "out of shape" but want to get into hiking, or anyone looking for a pleasant day out on the trail.

4/25/2011

Had a soggy hike, but the trail was easy to follow and not very challenging. A twelve-year old dog completed the hike along with a year-old puppy and one out-of-shape adult. We decided to do this loop in reverse, headed south on the AT and stayed at the Riga Shelter. We hiked back to the parking area in time for Easter brunch the next morning.

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