Bear Mountain Road

Litchfield County, Connecticut

Distance0.9mi
Elevation Gain57ft
Trailhead Elevation1,888ft
Top1,888ft
Elevation Min/Max1872/1888ft
Elevation Start/End1888/1888ft

Bear Mountain Road

Bear Mountain Road is a hiking trail in Litchfield County, Connecticut. It is 0.9 miles long and begins at 1,888 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 57 feet. This trail connects with the following: Appalachian Trail and Appalachian Trail.

Bear Mountain Road Professional Reviews and Guides

"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."

"A challenging daylong journey to Connecticut’s most celebrated mountain summit and one of Massachusetts’ most alluring natural treasures, this popular 8.1-mile tour is a must-visit Berkshire adventure. Journey here throughout the year to experience the ever-changing scenery, from snow-draped quiet to bursting mountain laurel, from vibrant foliage to rushing water. Under the canopy of towering trees, the beatendown paths lead to campsites and spectacular vistas. Amid the diverse habitats you can enjoy the melodious tunes of colorful songbirds, the hammering rhythm of resident woodpeckers, and the graceful flight of circling raptors."

"Bear Mountain is in the township of Salisbury and may be reached by numerous trails. For our purposes, you’ll be following the Appalachian Trail (AT) to the peak of Bear Mountain. This is one of the most challenging and rewarding walks in this book. The day-long, more than 12-mile walk offers the highest scenic outlook in the state."

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7/16/2018
I would rate this trail as difficult because of the elevation gain and rocks although if you take your time and treat it as a day hike less experienced hikers should be fine. It's nice in all seasons but I recommend going in the fall, the Autumn tree colors are incredible. There are some great panoramic views on the summit.
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7/9/2018
A wonderful trail that has a little bit of everything. The first part of the hike is challenging but we got our blood pumping and kept it nice and steady. The gradual ascent to the summit provides spectacular views. I would recommend doing the loop clockwise. It is always so fun to do sections of the Appalachian Trail and this is one of my favorites!
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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.
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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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11/26/2010
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.
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7/9/2010
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.
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5/1/2010
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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9/15/2009
My friend and I made a day of this, we stayed on the main trail and the views were really wonderful. You drive through really pretty, quaint towns to get there as well and there a few really nice, small eateries with good home-cooked meals for post-hiking
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7/2/2009
Would have loved it if this spring wasn't so rainy. Didn't get much on the trails but I do look forward to going back. Had trouble finding someone to register with.
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8/11/2008
Not much of a challenge, and not that great of a summit view.
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Trail Information

Litchfield County
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Dog-friendly
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