AMC's Best Day Hikes in Connecticut
by Rene Laubach & Charles W. G. Smith (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
© 2013 Rene Laubach & Charles W. G. Smith /Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.
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.
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.
I had a nice time hiking this trail, would recommend going counter clockwise on the loop as I think climbing up the other side would be more interesting then walking up the sloped side. I have a video of my Day hike of Bear Mountain CT as well as a trail map, gps waypoints, photos or general trail info, check it out if your interested.
This was actually the final leg of a 3 mountain peakbagging hike. It was very hot, but we made good time and got an early start.
We were back from the Frissell hike and were thinking that it might get too hot to attempt Bear. I'm glad we decided to press on, because the view from the top on a clear day was awesome!
We approached from the Riga trail from the north, on Mount Washington Road. The trail started in trees, then gradually ascended. We were getting pretty tired for sure- it started to feel like the Marcy hike, except it was 20 degrees hotter!
I appreciated the dry heat though. No mud at all.
Snapped some pics at the summit. Will post shortly.
Excellent hike. Very rigorous and beautiful. Bugs pretty heavy at bottom in early spring...I shudder to think what late summer might be like.
I went up the North side as suggested by one guide book and got my fill of mountain climbing for the 1/4 mile or so before the top. It DID make the view all that more spectacular and I felt like it was well earned. It also made the climb down the South seem like a walk in a beautiful pine scented park!
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